Walk for campaign reform ends; hard work to make change begins
CONCORD - They walked from Dixville Notch, Portsmouth, Keene and Nashua converging in Concord on the fifth anniversary of the Citizens United decision that opened the floodgates to corruptive spending in politics.
Larry Lessig is the co-founder of the New Hampshire Rebellion movement.
"I think we are being a little ungrateful. Citizens United has been the best thing for our movement since Richard Nixon,'' Lessig declared to cheers from the rally of several hundred reform supporters.
Pulitzer Prize winner Hedrick Smith, best-selling author of "The Power Game,'' senses there's change is in the air.
"The Supreme Court's decision on Citizens United struck a match. It was a tinder box and the tinder box exploded and this is rumbling all over the country,'' Smith said.
But Andrew Hemingway, Republican candidate for governor, says the work has just begun.
"We are not done marching; we are not done working so don't take your hats off and get comfortable when you get home,'' Hemingway said.
Fran Coover came from Missoula, Montana to walk and believes New Hampshire voters can make a difference.
"New Hampshire is in a very strong position to lead the nation in the fight against corruption in our elections and our political life,'' Coover concluded.
Past efforts at campaign finance reform have fallen flat and it's easy to get cynical but New Hampshire is the place where candidates are put to the test and you've seen from the activism here they are going to hear a lot of questions from these folks.