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State House: Place to Be As POTUS Candidates Get On NH Ballot

Activists with the Governing Under the Influence campaign greeted GOP candidate Donald Trump at the State House Tuesday. Courtesy: A. Alpert/American Friends Service Committee
Activists with the Governing Under the Influence campaign greeted GOP candidate Donald Trump at the State House Tuesday. Courtesy: A. Alpert/American Friends Service Committee
November 5, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. – They greeted Republican candidate Donald Trump and Democrat Martin O'Malley on day one – and today they will be back to send a message to Marco Rubio and other presidential candidates about the Governing Under the Influence (GUI) campaign.

Activists will be at the State House because candidates can't be on the New Hampshire ballot for president without first registering with the secretary of state.

Eric Zulaski, education coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), says that in the race for the White House, the Granite State is delivering a dose of reality to the candidates regardless of their party affiliation.

"For a couple of weeks, the New Hampshire State House is going to be the center of the universe,” he states. “So, activists that are concerned about the influence of corporations in our government are going to be stepping into the middle of that."

The American Friends Service Committee is backing the GUI campaign, which is intended to show what activists call the harmful political influence of corporations that profit from war and prisons.

Those involved in the GUI campaign will be there with banners waving as Republicans Marco Rubio and Carly Fiorina and Democrat Bernie Sanders are expected at the State House.

Zulaski says GUI activists are asking the presidential candidates how they will forge policies based on the public interest. Right now, he says, too many decisions are based on the interests of corporations and big government contracts.

"Whether it is through the millions of dollars that they spend on lobbying and on campaign finance, or through the revolving door – you know, when a congressperson leaves office, they get a cushy job as a lobbyist – it's this influence that creates policies that don't reflect the interests of normal people," he points out.

Zulaski says his group has helped train hundreds of Granite Staters in what they call bird-dog session, which help them to frame questions for candidates on these issues.

He says similar efforts are underway in Iowa, which is the nation's first caucus state.


Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NH