Big money from special interests isn't just flooding the presidential contest – it threatens the integrity of our state races as well. That's why, as the presidential contest moves to other states, NH Rebellion is turning our attention to the blockbuster Senate race between Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Gov. Maggie Hassan, which could easily exceed the 2014 record of $30 million in negative attacks from "independent" groups – unless we intervene now.
As a measure of the rising bipartisan demand for campaign finance reform, Sen. Ayotte last week embraced the idea we first championed 2014 of a People's Pledge. The concept is simple: both candidates call off outside spending or agree to pay for what is spent on their behalf by donating half the sum to a charity of their opponents' choice. Gov. Hassan responded by embracing the People's Pledge and calling for a $15 million spending limit as well. So far, the two can't quite agree so the Nashua Telegraph has called on us to help straighten things out.
Please take a moment to make your voice heard by sending a simple request that both candidates work out and sign a unified People's Pledge – and take NH Rebellion's comprehensive We the People Pledge to fully fix our corrupt campaign finance system:
Then amplify your voice by tweeting @kellyayotte and @maggie_hassan using #PeoplesPledge. Use one of these sample tweets or come up with one of your own:
- Talk is cheap. Please @kellyayotte and @maggie_hassan get together and sign the #PeoplesPledge to #FightBigMoney NOW. #NHSen
- Sick of secret spending? Time for @kellyayotte and @maggie_hassan to get together and sign the #PeoplesPledge to #FightBigMoney NOW. #NHSen
If they can't agree on their own, we will step forward to offer our own specific recommendation and put added pressure on both campaigns to sign. Thanks for helping us bring the #FightBigMoney agenda to New Hampshire's biggest races in 2016!