From Dan's days as a student at ConVal High School to his work as Executive Director of Open Democracy and the NH Rebellion, Dan has “walked the talk” to reform our democratic system. Working with Democrats, Republicans and independents, Dan has successfully advocated for greater transparency and against the special interests who fund his opponent.
In this campaign, Dan has capped campaign donations far below the legal limit, disclosed campaign donations, rejected corporate money, and qualified for the ballot the grassroots way by gathering hundreds of citizen petitions. Dan was raised to believe that politics is not an end in itself but a means to the end of “liberty and justice for all.”
Capping Donations and Refusing Corporate Money
Dan has spent years advocating for increased transparency in government and campaign finance reform right here in New Hampshire as Executive Director of the nonpartisan government watchdog group Open Democracy and the NH Rebellion. When Dan launched his campaign, he asked voters to join him in practicing a different kind of politics, free from undue influence of big money contributors. Although we have a long way to go to transform our broken political system, thousands of voters have stepped forward – as small donors, ballot petition signers, or volunteers – to make this a people-powered campaign.
Dan supports common sense campaign finance reform to reduce the influence of big money. Dan supports capping contributions to state candidates at $1,000 for the primary and general elections by removing the political committee loophole (whereby candidates can accept up to $5,000 per contributor prior to filing their candidacy), prohibiting direct corporate contributions to campaigns, requiring all state candidates with receipts over $500 to file their fundraising reports online on a minimum quarterly basis, and enacting citizen-funded elections via voucher or matching funds for qualifying candidates who voluntarily accept only small donations.
Dan is voluntarily modeling these reforms in this campaign. Unlike his opponent, Dan voluntarily refuses corporate money and set a contribution limit of $1,000 per contributor for the primary and general elections, far below the combined $7,000 permissible limit. Dan also set a goal of raising 1,000 individual donations—a goal shattered in mid-October when the campaign reached 1,508 individual donations.
Dan is running a grassroots campaign because we need an Executive Councilor who puts people, not big money, first.
Let's work together to move New Hampshire forward.