March 2016 Newsletter

How FDF’s Legislative Agenda Fared

by David Bangs

FDF’s Legislative Committee lobbied for I-735, Andy Billig’s DISCLOSE Act (SB 5153), the Washington Voting Rights Act (HB 1745) and three bills to make the voting registration process easier (HB 1294, HB 1428 and HB 2682); details follow on the current status of each. I’ve also included a summary of what we’ve achieved, who we can thank, who we can blame, what we learned from the experience. I’ve concluded with one quick thing you can do about this with the click of a button (a petition)...More

The Danger of Equating Capitalism & Democracy

by Ken Dammand

It may sound like heresy but I’m going to say it anyway.  Capitalism and democracy are a dangerous combination.
The movie “Pay to Play” uses the well-known board game Monopoly as a metaphor for capitalism and reveals the consequences for democracy when wealth and political power become one and the same...More
“Pay to Play”, the movie, is showing at SIFF Film Center soon.
See “Pay to Play” movie information below under events.

Want to Help Build Support for I-735?
Attend Party Caucuses/Conventions

by Alice Woldt and Elizabeth Walter

It’s an exciting time in the Democratic and Republican Parties right now. Both parties are choosing delegates to vote for their presidential nominee. Both parties are also debating issues and constructing their platforms. Initiative 735, calling on Congress to pass an amendment to get big money out of elections and limit the influence of special interests will be on the ballot with the presidential nominees in November. You can help I-735’s chances of winning by being involved now. Attend a political party’s caucuses, county and state conventions.Submit a resolution committing support for I-735 and for follow up after the fall election. Click here to download a Democratic Party resolution and here for a Republican Party resolution. Click here for a how-to on caucuses and conventions.

Join the Spring Wake Up Call in April

By Alice Woldt

When the U.S. Supreme Court issued its Citizens United decision in 2010, it undermined the integrity of the vote by allowing wealthy special interests to drown out our voices. And in 2013, the Supreme Court dealt democracy another blow when it gutted a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. But in April two mass mobilizations will converge on Washington D.C. Democracy Spring, beginning with a walk from the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia April 2 and culminating in D.C. with civil disobedience from April 11-16 will morph into Democracy Awakening with thousands more joining the mass mobilization, culminating on April 18 with a Congress of Conscience Day of Action and civil disobedience. Democracy Awakening actions are focused on the following five issues:
Fair consideration of the nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy
The Voting Rights Advancement Act
The Voter Empowerment Act
The Democracy For All Amendment

The Government By the People Act/Fair Elections Now Act
Join Alice Woldt, Fix Democracy First Executive Director and other Washingtonians in the mass mobilizations in April or in your own community. Watch for announcements about events in Washington State. Help organize an event in your community. 

Keeping Voting Machines Honest

By Elizabeth Walter Clarkson, Ph.D, Kansas statistician/ researcher investigating possible election manipulation in the Kansas 2014 election, has been barred from having access to the “Real Time Audit Logs”, aka “Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trails” or just  “paper trails” needed to verify the election results.  The judge allowed Clarkson’s lawsuit to move forward, but prohibited her from obtaining the documentation necessary to verify the machine counts, which is at the heart of the lawsuit.

Clarkson’s lawsuit is intended to promote an understanding of why her statistical analysis of a 2014 election reveals what has been called a “red shift,” a shift unexpectedly found in  a number of recent elections....More

Can Anomalies in the Massachusetts Democratic Presidential Primary Be Explained?

By Phil Harrison dedicated group of election integrity activists have been studying US election data for over a dozen years and have observed many statistical anomalies that shake their confidence in the integrity of our elections, which are counted in secret by computers using proprietary software that the public cannot review.
Some anomalies have occurred with the MA Democratic Presidential primary just conducted on March 1st.

Richard Charnin, one of the activists who has written extensively on this issue, has presented data on his blog that he claims shows that the primary vote was manipulated to favor Hillary Clinton… More

Upcoming events March 9, 15, 28

Wednesday March 9, 7:30 PM: John Nichols and Robert McChesney will be back in Seattle to promote their newest book – People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy. $5 Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave, Seattle (enter on Seneca).

Tuesday, March 15, 6:30 PM: The movie “Pay to Play” showing at SIFF Film Center in Seattle Center’s Northwest Room (between the Seattle Repertory Theater and Key Arena).  It is a fund raiser for Democracy Spring. See story above. Some Meaningful Movies have also been showing Pay to Play. See more about the movie.

Monday, March 28, 7:30 PM: Wendell Potter and Nick Penniman discuss “Nation on the Take” and will share their ideas for campaign finance reform to get big money out of elections. WAmend is a sponsor. $5 Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave, Seattle (enter on Seneca)