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March 10, 2010

PASSINGS: GRANNY D

BBC - Doris Haddock, who walked across the US at the age of 89 to press for changes in election campaign funding, has died at her home in New Hampshire.

Granny D, as she was widely known, trekked 3,200 miles (1,650km) in 1999 and 2000 to draw attention to the high cost of running for office in the US.

A candidate had "to sell his soul" or be a multi-millionaire, she told the BBC during her journey.

In 2004, she ran for the US Senate for the Democrats, losing 66% to 34%.

Granny D's aim was to press Congress to plug loopholes in campaign laws that allowed what was known as "soft money" from corporations, trade unions, and interest groups to influence political campaigns.

Granny D died at her home in Dublin, New Hampshire, on Tuesday just two months after celebrating her 100th birthday.

The subtitle of her autobiography was: "You're Never Too Old to Raise a Little Hell."


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