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NH Rebellion Events Bring Visibility to #FightBigMoney Movement Before NH Primary 

Jimmy Tingle, a Nun, Jedi Knights, “Candidates Scorecard” and More!
NH Rebellion Events Bring Visibility to
#FightBigMoney Movement Before NH Primary

In an election season when 87% of Americans agree that our campaign finance system needs to be reformed, the grassroots group NH Rebellion is hosting a series of events about the issue during the final days before the New Hampshire presidential primary.

For the past year, activists have questioned presidential candidates hundreds of times about the problem of donor influence, demanding they support the six bipartisan solutions in its “We the People” Pledge to #FightBigMoneyA full review of candidates’ statements, including videos taken at Town Hall forums, can be found at

All events will have the group’s characteristic visuals, and a cross-partisan group of New Hampshire voters available for interviews.

  • Wednesday, January 20 – 6:00 pm – Aldermanic Chambers in Manchester City Hall
    “Faithful Democracy” Symposium
    featuring Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director of NETWORK/Nuns on the Bus.  Sponsored by the Franciscan Action Network, Open Democracy, the American Friends Service Committee, NETWORK and the Center for Earth Ethics.  Speakers include: Sr. Campbell; Patrick Carolan, Executive Director of the Franciscan Action Network; Karenna Gore, Director of the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary; Arnie Alpert, Co-director of American Friends Service Committee’s NH Program; Rev. Eric Jackson, Pastor of Smith Memorial Congregational Church, UCC (Hillsborough, NH); and Dan Weeks, Executive Director of Open Democracy (Crossway Christian Church, Nashua).
  • Thursday, January 21 – 10:00 am – Lobby of Legislative Office Building, Concord
    Press Conference
    marking the sixth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling.
    NH Rebellion will release its “Candidates Scorecard” contrasting the presidential candidates’ support for the various reform proposals.  Speakers include: former NH Sen. Jim Rubens (Republican) and past President of the NH Charitable Foundation Lew Feldstein (Democrat).  The NH Rebellion will be joined by members of the US Rebel Alliance, a national group which is harnessing the cultural energy surrounding the release of the new Star Wars movie “to fight for our Republic by helping to loosen big money’s tightly-held grip over politics.”
  • Thursday, January 21 – various times – various locations
    Jedi actions at presidential candidate events

    NH Rebellion activists and members of the US Rebel Alliance take the fight to the presidential candidates, wherever they are.
  • Thursday, January 21 – 5:00 pm – Chunky’s Theater, Nashua
    Special Free Screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens with special guests

    Activists gather for short program sponsored by NH Rebellion and US Rebel Alliance, followed by the movie.
  • Friday February 5 through Sunday, February 7 – Veterans Park, Manchester
    “We the People Convention”
    in a huge heated tent across the street from the Radisson Hotel
    Eclectic program will include political comedian/humorist Jimmy Tingle; a NH Rebellion Walk to the Republican Debate; presidential candidates; journalist Hedrick Smith; spiritual teacher and NYTimes bestselling author Marianne Williamson; conservative political consultant John Pudner; Congressman John Sarbanes; former candidate for Governor of New York Zephyr Teachout; former presidential candidate Lawrence Lessig; Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream founder Ben Cohen; retired Chief Justice of the NH Supreme Court John Broderick; and others.  FULL SCHEDULE AVAILABLE AT Convention press credentials available from or 978-807-8294.

The cross-partisan NH Rebellion is best known for its distinctive “Walks” across the Granite State, through all kinds of weather, to draw attention to the problem of money in politics.  To date, more than 2,000 members have collectively walked 30,000 miles – inspired by the legendary “Granny D,” who walked across America between 1999 and 2000 to raise support for the campaign finance efforts of Sen. John McCain and Sen. Russ Feingold.



ALG' Daily Grind - New Hampshire's Shaheen no friend to Press Freedom 


Oct. 24, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted.

New Hampshire's Shaheen no friend to Press Freedom
Senator Jeanne Shaheen's campaign is keeping conservative reporters from attending their "open to the media" events.

'Let them have cash'
Mark Blyth and Eric Lonergan boldly propose to do what no central bank has done before: Just print money and give it to people.

A.F. Branco's 2015 Comically Incorrect wall calendar
The perfect gift this Christmas season.

Why is Obama fighting a war on carbon energy?
First came coal. Why oil and natural gas need to watch out.


ALG - Senate Democrats to take up First Amendment bastardization 


Sept. 8, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement in opposition to S.J. Res. 19 offered by Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) that would repeal and replace the First Amendment, currently up for debate in the U.S. Senate: 

"Senate Democrats are taking up legislation that would abolish the freedom of speech under the First Amendment, and in the process empower Congress and the states to regulate the amount of money that may be spent in elections. If passed, the net result will simply be less speech against incumbent politicians, hardly a free and democratic outcome. Why would Congress want to restrict access to information about opposition candidates during election time? This is fascism, pure and simple. 

"In the meantime, Democrats seek to carve out an exception for mainstream media outlets including broadcasting stations, newspapers, magazines, and other periodical publications by saying nothing in the amendment will be construed to abridge the freedom of the press. The trouble here is that the freedom of the press is not an institutional right retained by some amorphous press corps, but a right of individuals to print what they like. 

"This bastardization of the First Amendment must not be allowed to pass. Every single Senator should block cloture, and defend every American's right to the freedom of speech and of the press. It's hard enough to oust incumbent, entrenched, establishment politicians. They do not need the force of law to squelch opposition, and it is sickening they would even try."


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ALG - Fascism in the First Amendment? 


Sept. 9, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds and cartoons granted.

Fascism in the First Amendment?
Democrats propose to repeal and replace free speech in elections.

Cartoon: Reality Check

Pearlstein is right, time to end corporate welfare
Washington Post's Steven Pearlstein: "If the government has no place insuring export loans, then surely it also has no place providing subsidized crop insurance to farmers." Good point.

Gross: Radical shift of power proposed at ICANN putting govts in primary decision making role
"Why ICANN would voluntarily choose to empower non-democratic governments with an even greater say over global Internet policies as this bylaws change would do is anyone's guess."


Franklin Center - Free speech won a major victory  


Dear Friend,

More than a year ago, a company founded by Terry McAuliffe – the Clintons’ former chief fundraiser and now the governor of Virginia – slapped the Franklin Center with an $85 million libel lawsuit.

I wanted you to be among the first to know – yesterday, a federal judge in Mississippi threw out the entire lawsuit.

Our investigation into GreenTech Automotive and into McAuliffe’s role with the company, which he used to launch his candidacy for governor, started when one of our reporters found that, while the company didn’t seem to be producing many cars, it was soliciting investments through a controversial federal program called EB-5. The EB-5 program offers any foreign national who invests $500,000 in a U.S. company a green card. The program has been rife with problems – and appeared to be one of GreenTech’s main funding sources.

The lawsuit filed against us – one of the largest libel suits in American history – was nothing less than an attempt to shut us down for telling the truth. But we decided to fight back, to defend ourselves, and most importantly, to keep digging. Altogether we produced more than 90 stories examining McAuliffe’s connections to GreenTech from every possible angle.

This is all too often how the progressive establishment operates. Rather than engaging their opponents in a battle of ideas, seeking to win on merit, they use the legal system and other bullying tactics to shut their opponents down. This time, however, we were able to to fight back on behalf of all of those whom the system has tried to silence.

We’re sure there will be many more battles like this to come. Even as I write, one of our reporters is fighting Gov. McAuliffe’s office for answers on the immigration crisis – going so far as to camp out on the floor, just outside his office, waiting to confront him and demand the information that taxpaying citizens are clamoring for and deserve. And GreenTech may even appeal the court’s order dismissing its baseless lawsuit. Will you considering supporting us in the hard, ongoing work of investigative journalism?

Thank you so much for your loyal support and readership. Because of you, the cause of free speech won a major victory against the powerful, moneyed progressive establishment. Please know that you have the gratitude of the entire Franklin Center staff.
Best regards,

Jason Stverak
Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity