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Letter to the editor | Campaign finance reform needed

I am an “overseas American” and, when encouraged to write to my hometown, paper I thought of the CDT, having grown up in Boalsburg.

I’m a 1989 graduate of State High, and some may remember my beloved late father, Stanley J. Yoder.

Campaign finance reform is about a national issue that touches all Americans, especially those outside the Beltway, not on Wall Street and not in the nation’s boardrooms.

While 96 percent of Americans say there is too much money in politics, 91 percent think there is nothing to be done about it.

In the 2014 midterm elections, Alaska had the most expensive per capita Senate election ever with spending equal to $120 per vote. The 2016 presidential election will surely be the most expensive ever. How much will your vote “cost”?

A TedX speech by Lawrence Lessig inspired me to join in this fight. The NHRebellion, whose aim is to make money in politics a central issue of the 2016 election, will complete four walks in New Hampshire, converging on Concord Wednesday.

I participated in the first walk, starting in Dixville Notch, the first place to vote in U.S. presidential primaries.

While the country has never been so divided between red and blue, both sides are setting their agendas in accordance to what the large donors are interested in — and not you.

Ask any candidate, “What specific reforms will you advance to end the corrupting influence of money in politics?”

Julie de Rouville

Uzès, France

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