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How money matters: Where it's from and what it's for

April 07. 2018 9:36PM

Levi Sanders is shown with his father in a photo from his Congressional campaign's Facebook page. (Facebook)

In and of itself, money in politics is not a bad thing. People, and companies, have a right to put their money where their interests are.

But when the amount and sources of money are kept secret or when big money from elsewhere is used to attempt to buy a New Hampshire seat for a candidate from elsewhere, Granite Staters ought to be very wary.

Two such efforts are now before us. In one, a California billionaire is spreading untold amounts of money to get New Hampshire to change its constitution to suit his idea of justice for victims. It is called "Marsy's Law."

It is something that we poor New Hampshire rubes didn't even know we needed but whose backers have hired dozens of lawyers, lobbyists, and consultants to convince us otherwise. How much is being spent, they aren't saying, which is one of several good reasons to be suspicious.

The second effort is the brazen case of a Democrat whose main reason for just recently moving to New Hampshire appears to be because New Hampshire's 1st district congressional seat is up for grabs. Indeed, another Democrat, Levi Sanders, lives in New Hampshire but not in the district and claims he's the guy to represent it in Washington.

But Sanders is a long-termer compared to Maura Sullivan. Her ties to the Granite State appear to have all the strength of dental floss, but that doesn't bother some national groups with big pockets who have endorsed this carpetbagger. As of last week, Sullivan had amassed almost $1 million in campaign cash.

Some New Hampshire Democrats are offended by this, as well they should be.

But it is amusing that the same Democrats who oppose all efforts to limit voting here to actual New Hampshire residents are in such a tizzy when someone like Sullivan helicopters in to claim a political prize.

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