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Solving Our Fiscal Crisis: What’s Wrong with Washington?

On Thursday October 13, 2011, CED co-hosted a NH Republican Primary forum with Americans for Campaign Reform, No Labels, and Americans for Prosperity-NH entitled, "Solving Our Fiscal Crisis: What's Wrong with Washington?" at Saint Anselm's Institute of Politics. During the event, CED and ACR released a new poll of likely NH Republican Primary voters on attitudes toward the role of money in politics.

View the poll and read the full report

The event was moderated by Washington Post Editorial Writer Jonathan Capehart and featured Concord Coalition Executive Director Robert Bixby; Congressman Mickey Edwards (R-OK); Republican Presidential Candidate and former Governor Jon Huntsman; Republican Presidential Candidate Fred Karger; CED President Charles Kolb, Americans for Prosperity-NH Executive Director Corey Lewandowski; President of the Campaign Legal Center and Counsel to McCain for President 2000 and 2008, Trevor Potter; Republican Presidential Candidate and former Governor Buddy Roemer; former US Comptroller General David Walker; and former Director of the Environmental Protection Agency and Governor Christine Todd Whitman.

During the event, CED and Americans for Campaign Reform released a new poll of likely NH Republican Primary voters conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center. The poll finds that about two thirds (61%) of likely Republican Primary voters "strongly disagree" with the Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case asserting that political spending by corporations and unions is a form of free speech protected under the First Amendment. Almost 8 in 10 likely GOP Primary voters think members of Congress are more interested in serving special interest groups than the people they represent and more than half acknowledge that political contributions influence what the federal government does. The poll finds that 70% of GOP primary voters in New Hampshire would be more likely to vote for a candidate for president or congress in 2012 that supported legislation to require disclosure of campaign spending by corporations, unions, and non-profit groups.