I-735 Ramping Up before ballots go out
by Cindy Black
Cohen, Clements, Cobb Promote I-735
To help promote the initiative, David Cobb, co-founder of Move to Amend, toured Washington State with Campaign Director Cindy Black, in support of I-735….. Read More
FDF and WAmend to receive Award at Upcoming American Promise National Citizen Leadership Conference
by Cindy Black
The American Promise National Citizen Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. will be held from September 30 to October 2nd and will celebrate progress and convey lessons learned, listen and learn in an environment of civility and patriotism, and build energy, strategy, and unity for the work ahead.
Fix Democracy First and WAmend will be receiving an award for…. Read More
Find the Money Behind Your Ballot
by Elizabeth Walter
The website states, “KUOW’s Field Guide to Influence lets you see the money flowing into every campaign in the state. Enter your address, or pick a spot on the map, and we’ll show you how much money has been raised and from whom for each race on your ballot. Is out-of-state money playing a big role? Big business? Unions? Click on ‘explore this race’ and we’ll show you the money in as much as detail as you want. The Field Guide to Influence updates daily, and we’ll be adding our reports and analysis as the Nov. 8 election draws closer, so you can stay informed. “
Here’s an example of what you will find at this site: top donors, both in state and out of state, including in-kind contributions; the top employers and occupations of donors; how much money has been raised, how much money has been spent.
Election Integrity news from around the country
by Phil Harrison
The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU has recently published a comprehensive report on the magnitude and effects of “dark” and “gray” political contributions for state and local elections around the country. The in-depth study finds that the increase of such spending has been dramatic since the Citizens United decision and contributors, when they can be identified, often have a strong economic interest in election outcomes. The report can be downloaded from http://www.brennancenter.org/sites/default/files/analysis/Secret_Spending_in_the_States.pdf
Guardian newspaper exposes secret Wisconsin fundraising by Scott Walker and allies
The Guardian obtained leaked court documents that had been ordered destroyed. “The files open a window on a world that is very rarely glimpsed by the public, in which millions of dollars are secretly donated by major corporations and super-wealthy individuals to third-party groups in an attempt to sway elections.” You can read the story at
Election Justice USA, a national, non-partisan team of election integrity experts has released an analysis of the 2016 Democratic Presidential primaries. They report significant instances of election manipulation, including voter suppression, registration tampering, illegal voter purging, and evidence of fraudulent or erroneous voting machine tallies. The evidence indicates a disturbing lack of election integrity in many places. You can download the report from http://bradblog.com/Docs/Democracy_Lost_Update1_EJUSA_080216.pdf
Victoria Collier is a long-time election integrity activist and communications director for the National Election Defense Coalition (http://www.electiondefense.org/). She has studied the election system for many years and her article provides a needed broad perspective in a season dominated by news of Russian hackers interfering with US election systems. “The nation’s 9,000 voting jurisdictions and 50 states need ironclad, uniform standards for non-partisan election oversight, ballot security and counting transparency, and a final end to paperless and privatized voting.” Read her article at http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/37486-the-shocking-truth-about-election-rigging-in-america..
I-735 and I-1464: Why they complement and strengthen each other rather than distracting from each other
by Ken Dammand
Nonetheless, I have heard some concern expressed by people that are focused on I-735 that the presence of another “money in politics” initiative might interfere with the passage of I-735. I appreciate their concerns. No one knows for sure how things will work out. We’ve all worked hard to put I-735 on the ballot. But their comments prompted me to examine a bit more closely just how I-1464 fits into the long term activities of Washington Public Campaigns/Fix Democracy First…. Read More
Initiative 1464 is off and running!
By Peter Zanello