- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 17, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The New Hampshire Rebellion, a nonpartisan grass-roots group that has declared that the Granite State is “no longer for sale” to presidential candidates, has made good on its promise to walk over 250 miles from the four corners of the state, to eventually converge on the State House in Concord for a big rally by Wednesday. Despite freezing temperatures and challenging weather, the intrepid group is receiving a warm welcome as the local thermometer lingers at 15 degrees.

“After six days and nearly a hundred miles, the New Hampshire Rebellion walkers are only growing in numbers and resolve. Walking through Conway today it seemed like every car that passed was waving, honking, or giving us a thumbs-up - and having that kind of support in the community is such a boost to us walkers,” spokeswoman Xanni Brown tells The Washington Times.

“We know that 96 percent of Americans think that money in politics is a problem. We see them in every corner of the state, and it’s an incredible honor to be representing our fellow citizens, following in the footsteps of heroes like Granny D, and calling attention to the corrupting influence of money in politics,” she adds.

The aforementioned grandma -the late Doris Haddock - walked 3,500 across the nation at the age of 88, all in the name of campaign finance reform. It took her 14 months.

The group reinforces their message to potential presidential hopefuls from both sides of the aisle as the State of the Union address looms: “The NH Rebellion will make big money in politics the central issue in the 2016 presidential primary by asking every presidential primary candidate: How are you going to end the system of corruption in Washington, D.C.?” the group says in their mission statement.

“The growth of this movement here in New Hampshire shows that people across the state from every political background are taking a stand to stop systemic corruption in our political system,” says project manager Jeff McLean. “The demand on candidates to spend the majority of their time raising money from narrow interests artificially heightens polarization and leads to the dysfunction of Congress and its historically low level of public approval.”

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