The Stamp Stampede is on the move in New Hampshire!
The Stamp Stampede recently celebrated two huge milestones:
- · * 1,000 stamps sold in the Granite State
- · * 125 New Hampshire small businesses hosting Stamp Stampede “stamping stations.”
In upcoming weeks, the Stampede will also introduce the “Stampede Pedaller” – a people-powered version of the Amazing Amend-O-Matic Stampmobile.
The Stamp Stampede is tens of thousands of Americans supporting efforts to overturn Citizens United by legally rubber-stamping anti-corruption messages on US currency. Every stamped dollar bill is seen by about 875 people as it circulates through the local economy – which makes stamping money a highly-effective way for citizens to show their support for the grassroots movement to get money out of politics.
The Stampede plans to recruit 6,500 stampers in New Hampshire and stamp four million dollar bills in the region before next February’s #FITN Presidential primary.
Jonathan Clarke of Manchester volunteers as a Stampmobile driver, as well as stamping currency. "I know that we have a problem coming together in this country, and I want to be part of the solution,” he said. “I like to support an organization that feels the same way I do. I feel like by joining, I'm helping to push this country back in the right direction."
Karma Tattoo in Hooksett has one of the more than 125 small-business stamping stations around the state. "I think the idea of using money to fight money in politics is awesome!" said owner Melissa Nolan. "Looking around, you don't feel like you have any power to do anything. Stamping money is easy, and it gets people who don't know much talking and learning about the issue."
Jim Palmer and Anita Lowry, owners of the Live Free Caffe in Dover, advertised their stamping station on their Facebook page. "Stop in and stamp your money. Let the politicians know how you feel! The government should serve everyone, not just the big corporations and the 1%ers."
So far, 69 New Hampshire municipalities have passed local resolutions calling for a Constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and allow states to regulate campaign finance. Polls show that more than two-thirds of New Hampshire voters – including 61% of Granite State Republicans – support a Constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.
The Amazing Amend-O-Matic Stampmobile is a Rube Goldberg device that sends money through a tortuous journey up the “Tower of Corrupted Power” and down past “Corpo Man” and “Money Mouth” before stamping it with the Stampede message of the day. It’s a crowd-pleasing piece of mechanized post-industrial art – which the Stampede brought to New Hampshire to keep all our presidential candidates company. It will be featured at local fairs and festivals throughout the summer.
The Stampede Pedaller is smaller and people-powered, just like the Stampede. It’s a bicycle that turns into a mobile stamping station, complete with balloons, flag and photo op. Like the Stampmobile, it attracts attention – but it’s easier to get into places where the #GetMoneyOut message might otherwise not be heard. The Stampede plans to formally unveil it this weekend, during Laconia Bike Week.