Who they are: NH Rebellion was founded in 2014 by Harvard professor Lawrence “Larry” Lessig with an inaugural walk across New Hampshire in January 2014. The walks are inspired by Doris “Granny D” Haddock, the New Hampshire-based octogenarian activist who walked across the country between 1999 and 2000 for campaign finance reform. NH Rebellion is part of Open Democracy, based in Manchester.
What they want: The group is advocating for sweeping reforms meant to curb the influence of big money in politics.
Current goal: Ultimately, they want to use the New Hampshire primary to make campaign finance reform a major issue in the election at large.
VIPs: Larry Lessig is a popular advocate for campaign finance reform and now a Democratic presidential candidate. Daniel Weeks is the executive director of NH Rebellion and Open Democracy. Board members include former New Hampshire Chief Justice John Broderick, former Republican candidate for governor Andrew Hemingway and businessman and former Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Rubens.
Find them at: 66 Hanover St., Suite 101, Manchester, email is firstname.lastname@example.org, websites are nhrebellion.org and questionr.us and phone number is 272-6117.
Campaign impact: Daniel Weeks, the group’s leader, says their efforts to ask every presidential candidate for the reforms they would advance seem to be making an impact.
“At the beginning of the election season, none of the candidates expect maybe one, Bernie Sanders, … were talking about this voluntarily,” Weeks said. “After now getting out in front of every one of the candidates multiple times ... every candidate has said publicly this is a major problem for America, and a majority of the candidates have given us solutions.”
Weeks says the group is also unveiling a new pledge for residents and candidates to sign, committing them to advance a prescribed list of reforms, like mandating donor transparency, overturning the 2010 Supreme Court Citizens United ruling, banning the trading of campaign contributions for government contracts and creating a tax incentive system for small citizen donations.
Weeks says South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is the only national Republican to call for a constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United.
According to a Bloomberg poll taken last month, 78 percent of Americans want Citizens United overturned. That sentiment was shared across party lines. Among Republicans, 80 percent responded against the ruling, just as 83 percent of Democrats agreed.