For the first time in the 2012 New Hampshire presidential primary campaign, a national organization has launched a television advertising campaign in New Hampshire aimed at influencing candidates on the issue of infrastructure.
Building America’s Future Educational Fund (BAFEF), founded by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Governor Ed Rendell, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is dedicated to promoting smart infrastructure investment and reform. BAFEF formed a local New Hampshire chapter two months ago chaired by Senate President Peter Bragdon (R-11) and Manchester Alderman Garth Corriveau, a democrat.
“This is a substantial television ad buy intended to educate New Hampshire policymakers and voters on the need for smart infrastructure investment and reform,” said State Senate President Peter Bragdon, co-chair of BAF-NH. “According to an annual TRIP report, our state’s rural roads rank ninth-worst and deficient rural bridges rank 11th-worst in the nation. The shoddy condition of New Hampshire’s roads and bridges needlessly puts our neighbors in harm’s way, hurts our businesses, makes us less competitive and costs the state jobs. We support a long-term plan, reforms and increased accountability through audits, bans on earmarks and performance measures. Unless we make significant changes in our course and direction, our infrastructure will continue to deteriorate and a real opportunity to restore New Hampshire’s economy will be lost.”
Many political analysts and pundits expected outside special interest groups to have a large impact on the 2012 presidential primary but there has been very little activity to date. Building America’s Future is the only group with a local organization in New Hampshire and they are now advertising more heavily than 7 of the 9 major presidential candidates.
See the ad here: