Advocates who feel passionately about issues can create change by "bird-dogging" candidates for national and state offices.
Bird-dogging means finding opportunities in public forums to pin the candidates down with specific questions and information that reveal (and sometimes change) their views.
New Hampshire's First-In-The Nation primary, which demands that candidates meet and answer questions from voters, and which is covered extensively by national and international news media, is the perfect place to bird-dog presidential hopefuls.
To assist new and veteran bird-dogs, here's a helpful guide and tips from the Friends Committee on National Legislation.
Where will the candidates be? New England Cable News has the best New Hampshire Primary campaign tracker we know of (if you know a better one, please let us know!).
Need a question for the presidential candidates? We suggest these:
- I agree with many people in government who say that the way campaigns are funded results in an uneven playing field--big-money donors and lobbyists have too much influence on laws and policies. Would you support campaign finance reform on the federal level, and if so, what type of system would you propose to return government to the people?
- Poll after poll tell us that New Hampshire voters are hungry for solutions that reduce the power of wealthy donors in political campaigns and give everyday people a stronger voice. Would you support campaign finance reform, and if so, what type of system do you think would return government to the people?
- 80% of voters see big money in elections as a problem. They know that, compared to big-money donors and lobbyists, they have no voice. Do you believe its time for Congress to fix to the way elections are funded, and if so, what solution would you propose?
We hope you get your question answered. If you do, please let us know!