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August 03, 2007

State Democratic Party Supports Public Financing of Campaigns

On July 23 Dwight Pelz, chair of the Washington State Democrats, wrote a letter to Marcella Stone, president of Washington Public Campaigns:

Dear President Stone,

At a recent meeting in Pasco, WA the Washington State Democratic Central Committee approved a resolution that merits your attention.

*Resolution on Campaign Finance Reform -- Resolution 346 stating that the Washington State Democratic Central Committee commits itself to the public financing of campaigns. The WSDCC calls on all local Democrats to join Washington Public Campaigns. To also support Governor Gregoire's proposals for public financing for judicial campaigns and request that she also consider supporting public campaign financing for legislative and statewide campaigns. The WSDCC also urges all state legislators to further educate themselves on public campaign financing for legislative, executive and judicial campaigns at the state level, and to consider supporting legislation to accomplish such reforms.

This is a big step in the right direction. Last legislative session saw the defeat of a campaign finance bill. Now that the state Democratic Party is lending its support the goal should be that much easier to reach. After all, If Maine and Arizona can make public campaign financing the standard so can Washington. All it takes is the political will.

h/t to Dinazina at Washblog.

Posted by shoephone on August 3, 2007 at 01:09 AM in Candidate Races, Policy | Permalink

Comments

In addition to asking our state legislators to pass pubic campaign financing, we need to ask candidates for local office to support the local option bill that would re-establish the right of cities and counties to conduct their own citizen-owned elections. Right about now is a great time to ask candidates if they would rather not be spending parts of each day in scheduled "call time," rather than getting out and talking to voters.

In particular, ask county officials, including County Auditors and Sheriffs, why their Washington Association of County Officials (WACO)(!) was the only organization in Olympia to testify against HB 1551 and SB 5226. (See www.leg.wa.gov for bill texts.) It would be a shame to see the self-interest of these officials and their friends in Olympia scuttle this bill again.

Posted by: Sarajane46th | Aug 3, 2007 9:48:47 AM

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