Contacting your state representatives
Call! Leave a clear and detailed message with staff.
Or, write an email in your own words, short and to the point.

Washington State Legislature

One of the most important things you can do is to contact your state legislators.
If you don’t know your State Senator or 2 House members Locate your legislators here.
If you know your legislators’ names, find their contact information HERE

Anyone can call the LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE, toll-free:
1-800-562-6000.
Operators will assist you— even if you don’t know your legislators’ names. If you give your address, they will find your legislative district, then take a message from you, and deliver it to your legislators and/or the Governor.

You can also contact them by calling their office, or by email or written letters. A personal message from a voter in their district is more influential than pre-printed emails or cards.

Let your legislator know that you are concerned about politics being controlled by big money. Ask them to sign on to the letter to Washington State members of Congress to overturn Citizens United that Fix Democracy First is supporting.
Use your own words. Here is a typical message you might give:

“I’m a constituent concerned about the influence of big money on politics and public policy since the Citizens United decision was handed down by the Supreme Court. I strongly support a constitutional amendment that will restore democracy to ordinary citizens.

As a state legislator, do you support a constitutional amendment to correct the disastrous Supreme Court decision? Will you sign on to a letter calling for an amendment to get the influence of money out of politics?”

Here are some key points to make.

  • State legislatures and Congress should control our election laws including the ability to set limits on campaign contribut6ions and expenditures.
  • Money flowing into campaigns has risen exponentially since the Citizens United decision. If some controls were reestablished, incumbents and candidates would not need to spend so much time fundraising. Instead, there would be more time to talk with voters.
  • The appearance if not the reality of elected officials being in the pockets of big donors and special interests would be reduced restoring confidence in our representative form of government.
  • Big campaign contributors would lose the hammer of threatening to not fund the next campaign.
  • Democracy should be “government of, by, and for the people.”

Contacting your federal representatives
Call! Leave a clear and detailed message with staff.
Or, write an email in your own words, short and to the point.

U.S. Senators, Washington State

Senator Patty Murray (D)
DC office: 202-224-2621
Seattle office: 206-553-5545
Website: www.murray.senate.gov
Email form

Senator Maria Cantwell (D)
DC office: 202-224-3441 / toll-free 888-648-7328
Seattle office: 206-220-6400
Website: www.cantwell.senate.gov
Email form
U.S. House of Representatives, Washington State

1st District, Suzan DelBene (D),
DC Office: 202-255-6311
Bothell Office: 425-485-0085
Website: delbene.house.gov
Email form

 

2nd District, Rick Larsen (D),
DC office: 202-225-2605
Everett office: 425-252-3188
Website: larsen.house.gov
Email form

 

3rd District, Jaime Herrera Beutler (R),
DC office: 202-225-3536
Vancouver office: 360-695-6292
Websiteherrerabeutler.house.gov
Email form

 

4th District, Dan Newhouse (R),
DC office: 202-225-3251
Yakima office: 509-452-3438
Website: newhouse.house.gov
Email form

 

5th District, Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R),
DC office: 202-225-2006
Spokane office: 509-353-2374
Website: mcmorrisrodgers.house.gov
Email form

 

6th District, Derek Kilmer (D),
DC office: 202-225-5916
Bremerton office: 360-373-9725
Website: kilmer.house.gov
Email form

 

7th District, Pramila Jayapal (D),
DC office: 202-225-3106
Seattle office: 206-674-0040
Website: mcdermott.house.gov
Email form

 

8th District, Dave Reichert (R),
DC office: 202-225-7761
Issaquah office: 425-677-7414
Website: reichert.house.gov
Email form

 

9th District, Adam Smith (D),
DC office: 202-225-8901
Renton office: 425-793-5180
Website: adamsmith.house.gov
Email form

 

10th District, Denny Heck (D),
DC offices: 202-225-9740
Lacey office: 360-459-8514
Website: dennyheck.house.gov
Email form

A few things about which to call, email, write or see your congress-person:

white.house.greenGet Money out of Politics: Stop lobbyist bribery, End secret money & Empower voters. A summary of the act follows.

Stop politicians from taking bribes: Prohibit members of Congress from soliciting and receiving contributions from any industry or entity they regulate, including those industries’ lobbyists. Prohibit all fundraising during Congressional working hours.

Limit super PAC contributions and “coordination”: Require SuperPACs to abide by the same contribution limits as other political committees. Toughen rules regarding SuperPACs’ and other groups’ coordination with political campaigns and political parties.

Prevent job offers as bribes: Close the “revolving door” where elected representatives and their staff sell their legislative power in exchange for high-paying jobs when they leave office. Create a “cooling off” period on private employment that will last 5 years for all Congress members and all senior staff (currently 2 years in the Senate, 1 year in the House, and 1 year for senior staff.)

Call all people who lobby, lobbyists: Significantly expand the definition of and register all lobbyists to prevent influencers from skirting the rules.

Limit lobbyist donations: Limit the amount that lobbyists and their clients can contribute to federal candidates, political parties, and political committees to $500 per year and limit lobbyist fundraising for political campaigns. Federal contractors are already banned from contributing to campaigns: extend that ban to lobbyists, high-level executives, government relations employees, and PACs of federal government contractors.

End secret money: Mandate full transparency of all political money. Require any organization that spends $10,000 or more on advertisements to elect or defeat federal candidates to file a disclosure report online with the Federal Election Commission within 24 hours. List each of the donors who gave $10,000 or more to the organization to run such ads. This includes all PACs, 501c nonprofits, or other groups that engage in electioneering.

Empower all voters with a tax rebate: Build up the influence voters by creating a biennial $100 Tax Rebate that they can use to make qualified contributions to federal candidates, political parties, and political committees. Flooding elections with small-donor contributions that will offset the huge spenders. Candidates and political groups will only be eligible for these funds if they agree to a set of contribution limits: they will only accept money from small donors (giving $500 or less a year), other groups abiding by the limits, and the Tax Rebates themselves.

Disclose “bundling”: Require federal candidates to disclose the names of individuals who “bundle” contributions for the member of Congress or candidate, regardless of whether such individuals are registered lobbyists.

Enforce the rules: Strengthen the Federal Election Commission’s independence and strengthen the House and Senate ethics enforcement processes. Provide federal prosecutors the additional tools necessary to combat corruption, and prohibit lobbyists who fail to properly register and disclose their activities from engaging in federal lobbying activities for a period of two years.

FENA (Fair Elections Now act) reintroduced in 2013 in the U.S. House. Sponsors include Washington’s members of Congress, Jim McDermott (CD 7) and Adam Smith (CD 9). The Act sets up qualifying criteria for candidates to participate in public financing of a campaign for Congress. Through a fund set up by the act, small contributions are matched up to 500%. Requires candidates to participate in at least 1 debate for the primary and 2 debates for the general.

DISCLOSE (Democracy is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections) Act of 2012. The act amends the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 by redefining what an “independent expenditure” is and is not and requires additional disclosure in communications and contributions.

Passage of the DISCLOSE Act would help limit the influence of super pacs by requiring disclosure of funders and their relationship to the candidates they are trying to elect or defeat. Thank Patty Murray for her sponsorship of the DISCLOSE Act along with 44 other Senators in the 112th Congress.