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Derry Council approves resolution backing effort to limit excessive campaign spending


Union Leader Correspondent

January 23. 2015 6:39PM

DERRY — Joining 56 other towns in the state, Derry has chosen to back a resolution to restore limits on excessive campaign spending.

Councilors voted 7-0 at a meeting earlier this week to approve and sign the resolution.

Derry resident Corinne Dodge, who is leading the effort locally, appeared before the council during the public forum segment of the meeting.

It was Dodge’s second recent appearance before the council in urging Derry to join the other towns. From there, the effort would move to the state Legislature and ultimately Congress to seek a constitutional amendment, Dodge said.

The amendment would undo the effects of a 2009 decision by the Supreme Court known as “Citizens United,” Dodge said. That decision allowed extravagant amounts of money from anonymous, out-of-state “superpacs,” corporations and others to “unfairly influence our New Hampshire election system,” she said.

“Many people experiencing the incessant bombardment of negative attack ads during election season as annoying,” Dodge said. A large and growing number of people are beginning to see it as more than just a mere annoyance.”

Councilor Joshua Bourdon said Dodge had reached out to him recently to find out how to proceed with the proposed resolution. Bourdon said he felt she should take the matter before the council.

“I felt that with her passion, she should be the one that should speak to us,” Bourdon said.

Dodge, who said she felt nervous speaking at times during the meeting, was extremely effective at urging the council to back the effort to restore limits on excessive campaign spending, councilors said.

“I want to assure her that, you’ve done a great job, and we appreciate you coming here — thank you,” said Councilor Al Dimmock.

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