When you’re working at a grassroots level, it is often difficult to see progress being made. Being so close to the ground makes it difficult to see what is happening overhead. But this week, it became clear that this movement is working.
On Tuesday we arrived to Chris Christie’s event five minutes late. We snuck in the back, standing between the line of reporters and the crowds of people there to see the Governor speak. Standing next to the reporters, it was easy to see the movement of cameras, the note taking, and the general hub around a presidential candidate. But after an hour of the typical town hall questions about social security, national security and securing our borders, the typing became less furious. Reporters started zoning in and out, checking their Twitters and responding to e-mails.
But then one question made the reporters look away from their Twitter feeds, grab their smartphones and start recording. And that question was:
"What specific reforms will you advance to end the corrupting influence of money in politics?"
The reporters lit up, several even jumping onto their chairs to take videos. The increase in activity was remarkable, clearly signaling that this was an issue that they wanted to hear about; this was an issue that they wanted to report on.
It may only be a small victory, but things like this seem to be happening all around us. More and more media outlets in New Hampshire and throughout the country are writing about this issue; Hillary Clinton even started including it in her stump speech this week. And at an event in Conway on Tuesday, John Kasich stated that he looked forward to receiving suggestions from NH Rebellion about a campaign finance reform policy.
Our momentum is clearly building, and that is why we need your help. We need your help to go out to candidate events and ask them more questions. We want to make sure that we know exactly what they would do as President regarding this issue. Go to questionr.us to see upcoming events and find out what questions still need to be asked.
The media is paying attention, now we just need to make sure that they get an answer to their questions.