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INITIATIVES: Process threatened by corporate money

Letter by Elizabeth W. Ogden, Puyallup on Feb. 28, 2011 at 4:29 pm | 13 Comments »
March 1, 2011 10:38 am

Re: “Initiative reform: First show us the problem” (editorial, 2-17) and “State legislators should leave the initiative process alone” (Pam Roach Viewpoint, 2-26).

State Sen. Pam Roach and The News Tribune may not think there is any problem with our initiative process, but this voter sees a red alert. The initiative reform bill (SB 5297) is a mere baby step towards keeping our treasured initiative process from becoming an auction misused by wealthy special interests to impact the voters. The initiative should be strengthened, not discarded.

The basic problem is the current cancerous takeover by corporate money, which is furthered by their flooding the media with often misleading ads aimed at influencing voters. An estimated $57 million was spent by both political parties supporting or opposing our nine ballot measures in the last election.

When will this obscene nightmare come to a halt? I consider this a problem. The very roots of our democracy are threatened.

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