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Comments our volunteers have received from Washington Legislators on how they feel about money in politics.
Sherry Appleton (D - District 23)
"Yes, I think money in politics is a problem. I would prefer the Supreme Court to reconsider their decision, a reconsideration is my primary choice."
Mike Sells (D - District 38)
"Yes, to both questions." (Yes, I believe the influence of money in politics is a problem and yes I would be willing to be part of the solution)
Joe Fitzgibbons (D - District 34 - House Majority Whip)
"Thank you for writing about Citizens United and the serious threat to our democracy posed by money in politics. I share your concern about corporate personhood and about the conflation of money with speech. In the 2011-12 biennium I cosponsored House Joint Memorial 4005, requesting that Congress amend the US Constitution to clarify that corporations are not people. I will be supporting comparable legislation again during the 2013 legislative session, which begins on Monday. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts."
Rueven Carlyle (D - District 36)
"I do believe the influence of money in political discourse has reached a tipping point of negative implications. My hope is that our state and nation can take a meaningful step forward in reversing the Citizen's United ruling by the Supreme Court. A first step would also be to provide public financing of campaigns for judicial races since they must be above reproach in their independence on every level. If that is successful, we should thoroughly examine other such approaches for other offices."
Tina Orwell (D - District 33)
"Thank you for your letter expressing your concerns about corporate election spending. I share your concerns and appreciate your advocacy on this issue. Please know that I signed onto a letter asking Congress to overturn the Citizens United court ruling. I also co-sponsored legislation at the state level, HJM 4005 (2011-12) that would request Congress to amend the United States Constitution that provides corporations are not persons under the laws of the United States or any of its jurisdictional subdivisions."
Ross Hunter (D - District 48)
"I am concerned about money in politics. It's corrupting. The Citizen's United case was one of the worst decisions in the history of the US Supreme Court. However, an amendment to the US constitution is unlikely to happen and I believe your efforts (and most certainly mine) would be better spent focusing on electing a US President who will make better appointments to the Supreme Court."
Adam Kline (D - District 37)
"I will have a Joint Resolution drafted to seek Congressional action in starting the amendment process provided in Article VI of the US Constitution, seeking an amendment that would establish the right of each state to regulate and reasonably limit contributions to state and local political candidates and ballot issues."
Gerry Pollet (D - District 46)
"We can take action here in Washington. I have been developing legislation that would bar any company convicted of a crime from spending money in Washington’s elections. It is important that WA State politicians stop wringing their hands, calling for Congress to adopt a constitutional amendment to undo Citizens United, while avoiding taking action here in Washington State. Since this Congress is not going to take action to rein in corporate power, voters should insist that their state and local politicians take a strong stand to protect the integrity of our electoral system, and the voices of voters, here in Washington. Felons can’t vote in Washington. So, why should corporations convicted of poisoning our water, or recklessly endangering the lives and health of workers, be allowed to spend money to buy votes in our State? Why should Wall Street firms found to have violated truth in lending or public disclosure rules be allowed to further corrupt our elections? The legislation I’m developing would require that settlement agreements and pleas in Washington for violation of our consumer protection, environmental, worker safety, campaign disclosure and similar laws include provision that the violator be barred from spending money in state elections for an appropriate period of time."
Deborah Eddy (D - District 48)
"Yes and yes" (Yes, I believe the influence of money in politics is a problem and yes I would be willing to be part of the solution)
Bob Hasegawa (D - District 11)
He said he is %100 opposed to citizens united and is working on a plan in Washington state for the next legislative session and that the resolutions being passed now throughout the country is groundwork for a constitutional amendment.
Debbie Regala (D - District 27)
"I think you will have support in the Legislature. I have heard some members are seriously considering bringing this idea forward.When I read the proposal for a Constitutional Amendment I would not favour the sentence ‘No politician can raise over $100 from any one person or entity’. It is not generally advisable to include a dollar amount – because as we know economics change over time and in the future $100 may not make the best sense but changing it will require another Constitutional amendment. And as you know that would not be easy. I would say something to the effect that the individual states may set limits on personal donations to campaigns. Personally, I also think that states should have the ability to decide on public financing for elections on the state and local level."
Christine Rolfes (D - District 23)
[I do think money in politics is a problem] "Particularly at the federal level. Washington State has decent laws that could serve as a model for the rest of the nation."
Mary Lou Dickerson (D - District 36)
She does believe that money is a huge problem in our political system and is in favor of a constitutional amendment although it will take a long time and hard work. She also works with an organization called Responsible Choices here in Washington which is a non-partisan group that educates voters about who is funding initiatives and the impact ballot measures can have on the state.
Drew Hansen (D- District 23) "I signed a letter, along with other Washington State legislators, calling on Congree to enact a proposed Constitutional amendment to over the Citizens United decision."
Katrina Asay (R- District 30) "I do believe there is too much money in politics and the influence depends on the level of government. When limits are set as they are here in Washington State, there isn’t enough money allowed to influence the candidate. I would look hard at a constitutional amendment to try to limit money but we would need to make sure it doesn’t limit the first amendment."
Bob Hasegawa (D- District 11) "Yes" and "yes" (Yes, I believe the influence of money in politics is a problem and yes I would be willing to be part of the solution)
Tina Orwall (D- District 33) "I signed onto a letter asking Congress to overturn the Citizens United court ruling. I also co-sponsored legislation at the state level, HJM 4005 (2011-12) that would request Congress to amend the United States Constitution that provides corporations are not persons under the laws of the United States or any of its jurisdictional subdivisions."
Chris Reykdal (D- District 22) "Yes, I believe we have a problem. I would support a constitutional amendment. I think the courts have made it clear that money is speech, but I believe it is the clear authority of Congress to legislate that corporations are not people. With the right constitutional change, we could reign in some of the spending or at least make clear who’s doing it and that candidates are complicit in the messages.