Doris “Granny D” Haddock, the woman best known for walking more than 3,200 miles across the country in 1999 to advocate for campaign finance reform, died Tuesday at the age of 100.
Haddock was a former shoe factory employee who got involved in national politics in her mid-eighties, when her husband died of Alzheimer's disease.
A fierce opponent of "soft money" political donations, Haddock spearheaded a petition for campaign finance reform, culminating in her decision to walk from Pasadena, Calif., to Washington. She arrived in the spring of 2000, where she was joined for the last few miles by dozens of members of Congress and more than 2,000 supporters.
Haddock penned two books about her experience, and in 2004, mounted a brief campaign for Senate against GOP incumbent Judd Gregg (N.H.). She received 34 percent of the vote.
On Wednesday, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) memorialized his fellow progressive, saying that Haddock, who legally changed her name to Granny D, had a "vision for an America in which every citizen has a voice in a government free of corporate control."