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Jan 13, 2015 4:00 PM

New Hampshire Rebellion walks statewide for campaign finance reform


Gorham is the gateway to the White Mountain National Forest.

It's also a starting line for the 150 mile walk for campaign finance reform and this second annual, New Hampshire Rebellion is meant to pressure the 2016 presidential candidates to commit to ending the corruptive influence of big money in politics.

Let's look at my piece on this year's Dixville Notch-to-Concord walk in the tradition of the late Granny D Haddock, the godmother of the movement who trudged across the country for reform.

"If 50,000 people from new hampshire got together and said this is my issue, it would change 2016," said Larry Lessig, the pied piper of the New Hampshire Rebellion walk, the second edition to ask presidential candidates to commit to end the corrosive influence of big money in politics.

Actually it's four walks in one, Dixville from the north, Nashua from the south, Keene from the west, Portsmouth from the east, all to converge on Concord with a state house rally in eight days.

This is to mark the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling that opened the floodgates to unlimited spending on political campaigns.

The walk attracts celebrities like Ben Cohen from the iconic Ben and Jerry's ice cream empire.

"If it weren't for Larry, I wouldn't be walking down the length of New Hampshire and I'm only doing it for a day. It's been an amazing experience," Cohen said.

Open Democracy Executive Director Dan Weeks said New Hampshire is the ideal place to bring this movement.

"And for the next 12 months we have a chance and a responsibility as New Hampshireites to ask the candidates what they will do to stop the systemic corruption of our political system,'' Weeks said.

After breakfast at Welch's Restaurant tomorrow, they set out for Pinkham Notch.

Other highlights of the walk include a lecture by New Hampshire Rebellion founder Lessig Saturday at the Lakes Region Community College. a speech at the Martin Luther King Day celebration in Manchester Monday from former New York Times reporter and best-selling author Hedrick Smith and remarks from Ben and Jerry's co-founder Ben Cohen at Southern New Hampshire University on Tuesday.

The four walks merge on January 21 at Concord's Capitol Center for the Arts.


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