Public Citizen - Inside Citizens United and New Hampshire

Dear NH Insider,

                Recently, the New Hampshire House of Representatives passed HC2 by a 189-139 vote; this resolution calls on Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizen’s United v. Federal Election Commission decision.  This decision has allowed for unlimited spending by corporations on political campaigns.  The resolution now moves to the senate, where if passed it would send a strong message to Congress that Democracy is built by people—not corporations.  Our press release can be seen here: Encouraging News: New Hampshire Moves Closer to Calling for a Constitutional Amendment to Return Elections to the People.    

                Since the Citizens United decision, spending by outside groups and corporations has risen sharply.  Outside spending on congressional races in New Hampshire’s 2nd District has skyrocketed since 2006, from almost$2.5 million to over $5 million.  Loopholes in New Hampshire law allow for owners of multiple corporations to make donations of up to $7,000 on behalf of each corporation.  In 2010, one gubernatorial candidate received more than $20,000 from a single person on behalf of 18 different corporations.  To raise awareness of such issues, Public Citizen’s own Jonah Minkoff-Zern will be leading a speaking tour through the heartland of New Hampshire:  Democracy in Motion Tour - New Hampshire.  Strong support has already found standing ground in New Hampshire as this week Conway passed a resolution 704 to 520, calling on Congress to overturn Citizens United

Increased awareness on this issue would go a long way towards helping our democracy.    If your blog was to post a story or feature about the resolution and speaking tour, it would help spread important discourse about these issues.  Such discourse is essential to our democracy’s health.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me via e-mail or at 202-588-7708. 

Thank you for your time,

Public Citizen