Newmarket Town Council Calls for a Constitutional Amendment

February 20, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 20, 2014                                         
CONTACTS: Ellen Read (603) 292-5376 / Olivia Zink (603) 661-8621

With the passage of resolution 2013-2014-50, Newmarket joins nearly 500 local governments nationwide in calling for a constitutional amendment to end the corrosive influence of corporate money in politics and to restore constitutional rights to the people.  The resolution calls on the U.S. Congress and the states to pass an amendment that would guarantee the people’s right to regulate political spending, and clarify that the inalienable rights of the Constitution are possessed by people only, effectively overturning the basis of U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.

The Newmarket town council passed this resolution  6-0 yesterday, Feb. 19, 2014.

"The issue of representatives being beholden to large money donors isn't a partisan one. The monopoly of influence on our elected representatives by well financed special interests that finance their campaigns drowns out the voices of normal people and threatens our form of government. I am glad we are sending a message to our representatives that we recognize the system is broken and that we expect action to be taken to remedy this issue." said Councilor Phil Nazzaro.

Momentum is building in NH with over 50 communities having warrant articles calling for a constitutional response to the flood of money from corporations and the ultra-wealthy that has inundated elections since the court’s disastrous Citizens United decision. Since this ruling, 16 states and the District of Columbia have called for a constitutional amendment, and New Hampshire along with 12 other states are working on doing the same this year.

“New Hampshire has been flooded with outside money from powerful special interests on both the left and the right since the 2010 Citizens United decision.” said Ellen Read, Newmarket voter. She points out “For example, in the 2012 New Hampshire gubernatorial race, estimates show that outside groups spent $19 million (almost five times what the candidates spent).  In a democracy, you shouldn’t need money to have a voice in your own government.

“Newmarket voters have reaffirmed what we have seen every time this issue has come to a vote, that the vast majority of people, across party lines, wants a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United ruling, take democracy off the auction block, and preserve constitutional rights for people – not labor unions and corporations,” said Ellen Read.