Imagine “Open Democracy”


Last night the League of Women Voters NH – Greater Nashua hosted Olivia Zink from Open Democracy and the NH Rebellion with an introduction to Money in Politics. Many groups around the country are working to put an end to massive spending, most often with unknown contributors to manipulate elections.

This was one of her comments:

Candidates have to turn constantly to the same tiny fraction of a percentage of the population for campaign donations. They need that money to exist politically, but it doesn’t come from the population at large. Candidates become completely dependent on these funders, and their decision-making becomes conditioned to please their funders, not their constituents.  

This morning I read this from NPR:

A for-profit college that has been a significant donor to Sen. Kelly Ayotte is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice…

The company had been a significant contributor to Ayotte’s re-election effort, donating $8,000 to the Republican incumbent since last year. Ayotte’s campaign returned the money last week, after a report  that Bridgepoint was being investigated for its lending practices by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the justice departments in several states, including California. A lobbyist for BridgePoint was scheduled to co-host a fundraiser for Ayotte the day before the Huffington Post report.

The company has also been the subject of several Senate committee hearings into its practices, including one in 2011, Ayotte’s first year in Congress.

I think its past time to address this… Don’t you?