State of New Hampshire secondary Archives: on Government Reform


Chris Sununu: Vetoed advocacy groups having to report receipts

Q: Require more disclosure about the sources of campaign financing?

Chris Sununu: No. Vetoed bill requiring issues advocacy organizations to register and report receipts. Says it is "unnecessary and would have a chilling effect on our citizens' rights."

Dan Feltes: Yes. Sponsored bill to ban corporate contributions. Calls it "important" to increase disclosure of campaign contributions and election spending.

Source: CampusElect survey on 2020 New Hampshire Gubernatorial race Nov 3, 2020

Chris Sununu: Vetoed automatic registration, no-excuse absentee voting

Q: Support stricter ID requirements and other rules on voting?

Chris Sununu: Yes. Vetoed bills establishing automatic voter registration and no-excuse absentee voting. Signed bill law that, before a court limited its reach, required college students who voted to re-register cars in the state.

Dan Feltes: No. "Voting rights are under attack as part of systematic effort." Seeks automatic voter registration, online voter registration, and permanent no-excuse absentee voting.

Source: CampusElect survey on 2020 New Hampshire Gubernatorial race Nov 3, 2020

Corky Messner: Eliminate unnecessary rules and regulations

Source: 2020 New Hampshire Senate website CorkyForSenate.com Jun 3, 2020

Don Bolduc: Overturn Citizens United decision; prevent dark money

[On campaign finance]: "Election reform must begin with a constitutional amendment, overturn the Citizens United decision to prevent dark money, 100% transparency for all campaign spending, limit self-funding, prohibit lobbyists from raising campaign dollars," Bolduc wrote. He added, "Members of Congress must have a waiting period before being allowed to work as a lobbyist, fund campaigns with small, and donor contributions supplemented with public funds."
Source: WMUR 9-News on 2020 New Hampshire Senate race May 5, 2020

Molly Kelly: Wants real campaign finance reform; no corporate donations

I'm proud to be the only candidate for governor who has refused to accept corporate contributions. In addition to getting dark money out of our politics, we must also modernize campaign finance laws to make them uniform for all candidates. I will work to: Close the LLC loophole that allows the same person to give contributions through multiple entities; Clarify the law on funding limits; Bring greater transparency to campaign funding; and end partisan gerrymandering.
Source: 2018 New Hampshire Governor campaign website MollyKelly.com Oct 9, 2018

Molly Kelly: End voter suppression; end corporate campaign contributions

Molly Kelly and Steve Marchand equally knock Sununu for signing into law two voter eligibility bills that they describe as "voter suppression" measures. But they disagree on how to reform campaign finance laws.

"I am the only candidate certainly in this race, and I suspect in a generation, who believes the only way you're going to get campaign finance reform is through public funding of elections," Marchand's said. And he claimed that when he released his plan this spring, "Molly and her campaign, she criticized me harder than Chris Sununu."

Kelly's said she doesn't believe Granite Staters should pay for political campaigns and TV ads. But her campaign's said she would work as governor to end corporate contributions to political campaigns and strengthen campaign finance laws.

Source: Concord Monitor on 2018 New Hampshire Gubernatorial race Sep 3, 2018

Steve Marchand: Public funding of elections

Molly Kelly and Steve Marchand equally knock Sununu for signing into law two voter eligibility bills that they describe as "voter suppression" measures. But they disagree on how to reform campaign finance laws.

"I am the only candidate certainly in this race, and I suspect in a generation, who believes the only way you're going to get campaign finance reform is through public funding of elections," Marchand's said. And he claimed that when he released his plan this spring, "Molly and her campaign, she criticized me harder than Chris Sununu."

Kelly's said she doesn't believe Granite Staters should pay for political campaigns and TV ads. But her campaign's said she would work as governor to end corporate contributions to political campaigns and strengthen campaign finance laws.

Source: Concord Monitor on 2018 New Hampshire Gubernatorial race Sep 3, 2018

Andy Martin: End partisan bickering and gridlock in Congress

Q: What would be your top priority, if elected?

A: Work to end the partisan bickering and gridlock in the U. S. House.

Q: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?

A: Fighting endemic corruption in government and politics.

Q: What characteristics or principles are most important for an elected official?

A: To stand up against prevailing orthodoxy.

Source: Ballotpedia.org Connection: 2020 New Hampshire Senate race Aug 27, 2018

Jim Rubens: Congress is addicted to spending to pay for pork

Washington is addicted to spending and debt to pay for pork and crony capitalist favors for insiders and campaign donors. Both parties in Congress and have spent our nation $19 trillion in debt and $100 trillion in unfunded future spending promises.

Kelly Ayotte broke her promise to be a fiscal conservative. During her term of office, national debt increased by $5 trillion. She voted in 2014 and 2015 for the fiscally-reckless, pork-stuffed CRomnibus and Omnibus budget bills, loading taxpayers with $1.5 trillion in debt. These votes are an unpardonable breach of a bedrock Republican and conservative principle.

I will fight for a constitutional balanced budget amendment.

Source: 2016 New Hampshire Senate campaign website JimRubens.com Apr 1, 2016

Bernie Sanders: Establishment candidates are beholden to big money

SANDERS: Secretary Clinton has the support of far more governors, mayors, members of the House. She has the entire establishment behind her.

CLINTON: I'm grateful to have the support of many elected officials. I think it's because they've worked with me. They want me as their partner in the White House.

SANDERS: I am proud that we have over a million people who have contributed to our campaign. That our campaign is of the people, by the people, and for the people. Secretary Clinton does represent the establishment. I represent ordinary Americans. What being part of the establishment is, is, in the last quarter, having a super PAC that raised $15 million from Wall Street, that throughout one's life raised lot of money from the drug companies and other special interests. If we do not get a handle on money in politics and the degree to which big money controls the political process in this country, nobody is going to bring about the changes that is needed for the middle class and working families.

Source: MSNBC Democratic primary debate in New Hampshire Feb 4, 2016

Bernie Sanders: Congress represents the wealthy; they donate to ensure that

CLINTON: Sen. Sanders [hints that] anybody who ever took donations or speaking fees from any interest group has to be bought. You will not find that I ever changed a view or a vote because of any donation.

SANDERS: Let's talk about why, in the 1990s, Wall Street got deregulated. Did it have anything to do with the fact that Wall Street spent billions of dollars on lobbying and campaign contributions? Let's ask why it is that we pay the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. Let's talk about climate change. Do you think there's a reason why not one Republican has the guts to recognize that climate change is real? Do you think it has anything to do with the Koch brothers and ExxonMobil pouring huge amounts of money into the political system? There is a reason these people are putting huge amounts of money into our political system. And it is undermining American democracy and it is allowing Congress to represent wealthy campaign contributors and not working families.

Source: MSNBC Democratic primary debate in New Hampshire Feb 4, 2016

Bernie Sanders: Litmus test for Supreme Court on Citizens United

You are not going to accomplish what has to be done for working families and the middle class unless there is campaign finance reform. So long as big money interests control the United States Congress, it is gonna be very hard to do what has to be done for working families. So let me be very clear. No nominee of mine, if I'm elected president, to the United States Supreme Court will get that nomination unless he or she is loud and clear, and says they will vote to overturn Citizens United.
Source: MSNBC Democratic primary debate in New Hampshire Feb 4, 2016

Bernie Sanders: Overturn Citizens United: America is one person, one vote

Almost all new income is going to the top 1 percent. Then sustaining that rigged economy is a corrupt campaign finance system undermining democracy, where billionaires can contribute unlimited sums of money into super PACs and into candidates. Our job is to create an economy that works for all and overturn Citizens United. One person, one vote. That's American democracy.
Source: MSNBC Democratic primary debate in New Hampshire Feb 4, 2016

Bernie Sanders: Presidency isn't winnable with public financing

Q: Why aren't you participating in the public financing system which is designed to keep big money out of presidential politics?

SANDERS: I believe in public funding of elections. But this system is currently antiquated and nobody can become president on that system. Should we do a Super PAC, but I concluded that I don't represent billionaires. The alternative was to ask working families and the middle class to help in a transformational campaign. We got 3.5 million individual contributions.

Source: MSNBC Democratic primary debate in New Hampshire Feb 4, 2016

Bernie Sanders: GOP loves voter suppression because it lets them win

Here's why I think I will be, if nominated, the strongest candidate. Democrats win when there is a large voter turnout; when people are excited. Republicans win when people are demoralized and you have a small voter turnout, which by the way is why they love voter suppression. I believe that our campaign has shown we can create enthusiasm from working people, from young people, which will drive us to a large voter turnout.
Source: MSNBC Democratic primary debate in New Hampshire Feb 4, 2016

Chris Sununu: End expansive government that stifles economic growth

I'm running for governor, because we need to close the opportunity gap that Democratic governors have slid us into over the past two decades. We must end the expansive policies of government that are stifling economic growth in our state.
Source: Boston Globe on 2016 New Hampshire governor race Sep 7, 2015

Jeanne Shaheen: Introduced legislation to put a woman on the $20 bill

The nonprofit Women On 20s has been campaigning to replace Andrew Jackson with a woman on the $20 bill by 2020. Now Shaheen has also introduced legislation with the same goal. "Our paper currency is an important part of our everyday lives and reflects our values, traditions and history as Americans," Shaheen said in a news release. "It's long overdue for that reflection to include the contributions of women."
Source: Buzzfeed News on 2020 New Hampshire Senate race Apr 15, 2015

Jim Rubens: Voluntary small dollar vouchers to fund federal elections

Why Mayday PAC chose Jim Rubens: We are proud to support Jim Rubens in the New Hampshire Republican primary, a businessman and former state senate Republican, who is confronting openly an issue that too many in his party simply ignore: the corrupting influence of money in politics. Rubens supports a system of voluntary small dollar vouchers to help fund federal elections. His system would radically reduce the influence of special interests in Washington, and help restore a government responsive to the people.

N.H. is a fiercely independent state, with a plurality of voters registered as "undeclared." The state has a strong tradition supporting reform. In 2000, the state chose John McCain as the Republican nominee after he made the "corruption in Washington" a central issue.

Mayday PAC works with candidates who support reform on both sides of the aisle. Mayday PAC will be communicating directly with voters with specific messages on political cronyism and reform.

Source: PacWatch: MaydayPAC in 2014 New Hampshire Senate race Aug 11, 2014

Bob Smith: Photo ID for voting

Question topic: People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Smith: Strongly Disagree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 New Hampshire Senate race Jul 2, 2014

Jeanne Shaheen: People's Pledge: Let's limit outside PAC contributions

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is challenging her potential Senate opponent Scott Brown to agree to limit outside, third-party spending during the campaign. Shaheen sent a letter to Brown asking him to sign the "People's Pledge," an identical document to the one he agreed to while running against Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in 2012.

Shaheen wrote, "I hope you will join me in once again committing to the same People's Pledge you signed in Massachusetts and limiting the influence of outside groups in NH this year.

The pledge aims to take away the incentive for independent expenditure groups, individuals and Super-PACs from spending in the race to either oppose or support a candidate. If outside ads are run in the state, the pledge would require the candidate that benefits from the ad to pay 50% of the cost of the ad buy to charity. The pledge would relate to broadcast and online advertising, but not outside spending on direct mail or field work in the state.

Source: The Hill e-zine on 2014 New Hampshire Senate race Mar 15, 2014

Scott Brown: No pledge to limit outside PAC contributions

Scott Brown blasted Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's challenge to limit outside spending in the New Hampshire Senate race as "self-serving and hypocritical." Brown said Shaheen and other Democratic outside groups have already been running ads against him for months

Brown made clear he thought the offer was a stunt. "It's hard to view Jeanne Shaheen's actions as anything other than hypocritical and self-serving," he said in a statement. "The people of New Hampshire can see through the Washington-style game she is playing."

Shaheen on Saturday sent a letter to Brown asking him to sign the "People's Pledge," an identical document to the one he agreed to while running against Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in 2012. Shaheen says outside Republican-aligned groups have outspent Democrats in the state by three to one, totaling $1.5 million. The pledge aims to take away the incentive for independent expenditure groups, individuals and Super-PACs from spending in the race to either oppose or support a candidate.

Source: The Hill e-zine on 2014 New Hampshire Senate race Mar 15, 2014

Dan Feltes: Fundamental right to vote

Dan believes in the fundamental right of New Hampshire citizens to participate in our democracy, including the right to vote. He would work to ensure all New Hampshire voters have an ability to have their vote heard in the democratic process.
Source: 2020 New Hampshire governor campaign website DanFeltesNH.com Jan 1, 2014

Ron Paul: Preach the gospel of liberty

Q: The presidency is often called the bully pulpit. How would you use the bully pulpit to try to shape American culture?

PAUL: I would continue to do what I'm doing now, preaching the gospel of liberty. I think that the most important ingredients in this country that made us great was our founders understood what liberty meant, and that is what we need. We have deserted that. We have drifted away. It involves our right to our life, right to our liberty. We ought to be able to keep the fruits of our labor. We ought to understand property rights. We ought to understand contract rights. We ought to understand what sound money is all about, and we ought to understand what national defense means. That means defending this country. That is the bully pulpit we need. We need to defend liberty.

Source: Meet the Press 2012 GOP New Hampshire debate Jan 8, 2012

Ron Paul: All spending should be designated by earmarks

RICK PERRY: [to Paul]: What frustrates me is that you go get the earmarks and then you vote against the bill? Now, I don't know what they call that in other places, but in Texas, we call that hypocrisy.

PAUL: I call it being a constitutionalist, because I believe we should earmark, or designate, every penny. You designate weapons systems. You designate money to go to spend $1 billion on an embassy in Iraq. That's an earmark, too. I say the Congress has more responsibility.

Source: WMUR 2012 GOP New Hampshire debate Jan 7, 2012

Maggie Hassan: Opposed Photo ID for Voting

Hassan voted NO on HB 345:

This bill requires a voter to present photographic identification or a voter affidavit to obtain a ballot. The bill establishes an exception to the identification requirement for persons personally known to certain election officials.

(Bill vetoed by Governor; veto sustained).
Source: New Hampshire state legislature voting records: Bill HB345 Apr 13, 2006

Chris Pappas: Opposed Photo ID for Voting

Pappas voted NO on HB 345:

This bill requires a voter to present photographic identification or a voter affidavit to obtain a ballot. The bill establishes an exception to the identification requirement for persons personally known to certain election officials.

(Bill vetoed by Governor; veto sustained).
Source: New Hampshire state legislature voting records: Bill HB345 Feb 1, 2006

John Lynch: Vetoed Photo ID for Voting

Gov. Lynch vetoed HB 345:

This bill requires a voter to present photographic identification or a voter affidavit to obtain a ballot. The bill establishes an exception to the identification requirement for persons personally known to certain election officials.

(Bill vetoed by Governor; veto sustained).
Source: New Hampshire state legislature voting records: Bill HB345 Feb 1, 2006

Orrin Hatch: Real campaign finance reform is disclosure & more disclosure

True campaign finance reform is what Iím doing. Today you can get everybody whoís donated to me on my web page. Thatís what should be done. And I think real campaign finance reform is disclosure, disclosure, disclosure. Thatís what Iím trying to do, plus low donations. [McCainís plan] would devastate the Republican Party while leaving the Democratic Party completely open for independent expenditure campaigns by the unions who spend a half billion dollars every two years in getting out the vote.
Source: New Hampshire GOP Debates Dec 3, 1999

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