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NHCitizen Coalition to Announce Public Funding of Elections Commission

Key Public Funding Proponents to Speak

On Wednesday, June 25 at 1:30 p.m. in the Legislative Office Building Lobby in Concord, supporters of public funding of elections in New Hampshire will gather to announce and celebrate the appointment of the Public Funding of Elections Commission.

Introduced by Jim Rubens, Senator Jacalyn Cilley, Senator Peter Bragdon, Senator Lou D’Allesandro and House Finance Committee Chair Marjorie Smith will speak of the broad public support for public funding of elections in the Granite State and address the ways public funding of elections will help strengthen democracy in New Hampshire.

Established by HB794, the commission will develop a plan to create and fund—without relying on the general fund—an opt-in system of public financing for election campaigns for the offices of governor, executive councilor and state senator. The commission’s report and recommendations are due December 1, 2008.

Appointments to the seven-member body include former state senator Jim Rubens, president of Americans for Campaign Reform John Rauh, Antioch University New England facultymember Abigail Abrash Walton, and Stuart Comstock-Gay, director of the Democracy Program and National Voting Rights Project at Demos. Commissioners are appointed for their expertise in public funding of elections and their knowledge of state budget issues, with an eye toward equal representation of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. The remaining three appointments are expected soon.

The New Hampshire Coalition for Public Funding of Elections includes individuals who have long fought for public financing—including Doris “Granny D” Haddock, and citizen organizations such as the League of Women Voters and New Hampshire Citizens Alliance.

WHO: Senator Peter E. Bragdon, Senator Jacalyn Cilley, Senator Lou D’Allesandro, Representative Marjorie Smith, Chair, House Finance Committee, and commission appointees

WHAT: Announcement of Public Funding of Elections Commission

WHEN: Wednesday, June 25, 2008, 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Legislative Office Building Lobby