On New Years Day, 1999, at the age of 88, Granny D began a walk across the United States, from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., with a simple sign on her chest: CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM.
She made her walk because she believed that unless we change the way we fund elections, our government would fail. Regardless of this issue — whether climate change, or health care reform, or financial reform, or the debt — so long as a tiny fraction of America funds the campaigns of our politicians, our politicians will not be free to lead. And so she began her walk to wake U.S. up to the threat of this corruption.
This January, we are going to continue Granny D’s walk. Fifteen years after she began, we will continue — not across America, but across New Hampshire.
Beginning on the day that Aaron Swartz — one of this generation's greatest anti-corruption fighters — died, and ending on the day that Granny D was born, we will cross the state from the top to the bottom, recruiting as many citizens as we can to Granny D’s cause. And then we will ask every recruit to ask every presidential candidate in the 2016 primary just one question:
What will you do to end this corruption?
Because as Granny D, and Aaron Swartz, and all of us realize: Reform will be possible only when the candidates see that winning depends upon giving the right answer.