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May 9, 2013

State Senate shouldn't duck campaign finance issue

To the editor:

It’s time to take a stand: Should corporations have the same rights as human beings? Heck no!

The 2010 Supreme Court ruling, Citizens United, is so unpopular that 72 percent of New Hampshire residents oppose it, as do 64 percent of registered Republicans, according to a poll just released by the University of New Hampshire.

This infamous ruling has ballooned election spending – both nationally and here in New Hampshire — by giant corporations and a handful of the mega rich.

The impact on our little state is totally disproportionate and reflects outside interests. It has ramped up the highly negative and divisive tone we see in the TV ads, letters, and phone calls. And this electioneering is all for the interests of those who are funding it, certainly not those of the average person here.

In 2012, over $5 million was spent by outside organizations on the election for New Hampshire’s 2nd District. Loopholes in New Hampshire law allow for multiple corporations to make donations of up to $7,000 on behalf of each corporation. In 2010, one gubernatorial candidate received more than $20,000 from a single person on behalf of 18 different corporations. New Hampshire, as the first stop for the Presidential primaries, was flooded with hostile attack ads sponsored by outside interests.

Now it is time for New Hampshire to take a stand. The state House has passed HCR2, asking Congress to begin the process for a constitutional amendment establishing that human beings, not corporations, are entitled to constitutional rights. But the state Senate has blocked all House resolutions. As citizens, we demand an up or down vote, not a sneaky rule that lets senators duck and hide.

Tell your state senator to take a stand: Vote yes on this historic constitutional amendment. Don’t duck and hide!

Laura Aronson

Londonderry

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