Working to get big money out of politics

CONCORD NH:  New Hampshire native Doris "Granny D" Haddock didn't settle into a rocking chair at age 88.  She took a 3,200 mile walk from Pasadena, California to Washington DC – to get big money out of politics.

In October, actress Dixie Tymitz will honor Haddock’s legacy with her one-woman, one-act play "Granny D:  The Power of One” which will be performed at various times and venues around the state.

Tymitz is a professional actress, singer and storyteller from Pittsburgh, PA who has performed the play in venues across the country. The series of New Hampshire performances is sponsored by Concord-based Open Democracy. 

Founded by Haddock and other concerned citizens in 2009, Open Democracy is a nonpartisan organization working to reduce the corrupting influence of money in politics to ensure an equal voice for all. 

“The Power of One play series helps us pass along the legacy of Granny D,” said Olivia Zink, Open Democracy’s Executive Director.  “Dixie and her husband, John, are bringing this play to schools, senior centers and other community-based venues across New Hampshire. For people who didn’t know Granny D, this play is a great introduction. We hope everyone in the audience will be inspired by her example.”

Haddock has already inspired citizens nationwide.  “Campaign finance reform is one of the most important issues of our time. Granny D highlighted this in her walk across America and we need to carry on her good work,” said Betty Tamposi, Open Democracy Board Vice Chair.

“Here in the Granite State, 80% of us think special interests have more influence than voters,” Zink said. “According to the National Institute on Money in Politics, political donors spent more than $72 million on New Hampshire elections in 2016 – and that’s not even counting the presidential race.  In the words of Article 10 of the New Hampshire Constitution, ‘the ends of government are perverted and public liberty manifestly endangered’ when billionaires and special interests are controlling our elections. It’s time for solutions.”

One of Tymitz’s many performances of the play was onboard the Semester at Sea. Archbishop Desmond Tutu watched that presentation and enjoyed it, commenting, “I am amazed at Dixie’s performance and the unbelievable story of Granny D and her unbelievable walk across the country calling attention to the problem of campaign finance reform in the United States.”

Public performances will be held at the following places and times.  For more information, contact Olivia Zink at Open Democracy (603) 715-8197 or by email at

  • Tuesday Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. Redfern Arts Center, Putnam Theatre, Keene State College, 229 Main Street, Keene
  • Saturday Oct. 6 at 3 p.m. Bentley Commons at Keene, 197 Water Street, Keene
  • Friday Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. Lucy Hurlin Theatre, 184 Hancock Road, Peterborough
  • Sunday Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. Hopkinton Town Hall, 330 Main Street, Hopkinton
  • Tuesday Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m. South Congregational Church, 27 Pleasant Street, Concord
  • Thursday Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. Renaissance Room, Dover Middle School, 16 Daley Drive, Dover
  • Saturday Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. West End Studio Theatre, 959 Islington Street, Portsmouth - Tickets $15 at
  • Friday Oct. 26 at 2:30 p.m. Woodcrest Village Assisted Living, 356 Main Street, New London
  • Friday Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m. Kilton Public Library, 80 Main Street, West Lebanon
  • Sunday Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston Street, Boston
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