People power can overcome corporate power, end the "Governing under the Influence" system, and reduce the power of the military-industrial complex. That was the message delivered by Arnie Alpert at the Stamp Stampede rally in front of the NH State House on July 30, 2015.
At the Gibson Center for Senior Services in North Conway, Joe Bagshaw asked John Kasich about money in politics and corporate personhood. After initial confusion, Kasich agreed that something needs to be done so that billionaires don't get to pick who gets elected.
Several bird dogs prompted John Kasich to discuss immigrant detention, money in politics, and the political influence of Pentagon contractors.
He said undocumented immigrants are Americans and should not be held in detention for crossing the border; billionaires should not drive the political process; and on spending for vehicles to deploy a nuclear payload, he asked "How many nuclear weapons does it take to ruin your entire day and to destroy your whole country? Why do we need to do this?"
Olivia asked Scott Walker about "crony capitalism" at a WMUR "Conversation with the Candidate" program. The Wisconsin governor said, "We need to take power out of Washington and send that back that power and money to the states" and "closer you can get government to the people, state and local level the better off we are."
Candidates are dreaming to become president in a crowded field. Iowans are questioning the reality of corporate money corrupting the dreams of Americans. I had one-on-one conversations with Sen. Rand Paul, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Gov. Bobby Jindal, and Sen. Lindsey Graham during a two day trip in Sioux City.
Amy attended an event at Robies Country Store in Hooksett, NH and asked the Senator about Lockheed illegally using taxpayer dollars to lobby for contracts worth $2.4 billion /year, as well as what would he do as President to help the middle class, create jobs, student loan reform. She also reports on other comments from the Senator in Iran, immigration, and ISIL.
When Nancy discussed immigration reform and immigrant detention with John Kasich, the Ohio governor said he would look into the relationship between corporate cronyism and the detention of immigrants in for-profit prisons.
In response to a question about corporate cronyism, Martin O'Malley called for publicly financed elections and the over-turn of Citizens United. He also linked the concentration of wealth to policies which are harmful to the national interest.