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ELECTIONS: Citizens can follow the money

Letter by Bill F. Nerin, Gig Harbor on April 4, 2012 at 11:22 am with 2 Comments »
April 4, 2012 1:49 pm

Thanks for such an important and insightful editorial, “Citizens United bodes ill for Washington’s judicial races” (TNT, 4-4).

I agree with your final sentence: “The ultimate protection lies with Washington’s citizens.” But we citizens need to discover who is donating how much to the candidates so we can vote intelligently. We must follow the money in the campaigns.

Fortunately our great state has the top-ranked Public Disclosure Commission in the United States where we can find such data.

To discover this go to www.pdc.wa.gov; click “Search the Database,” then “Candidates,” then “Judicial” and you will see those running for the Washington Supreme Court. Choose the candidate of your interest to discover who is giving what to the candidate by clicking “Details” on the left side. To discover independent donors click on “Independent Expenditures.”

Try it out. Click on the 2010 or 2008 campaigns to see how important this editorial is. If we do not have transparency in our elections we will not have a just democracy. Unfortunately, few citizens are aware of this wonderful website.

Leave a comment Comments → 2
  1. truthbusterguy says:

    Very true what Bill says here.

    Follow the money and while at the PDC look at the donations the unions and tribes make to democrats. This will tell you what is wrong with our system.

    At least the money the GOP gets is not our taxdollars withheld by the state and given to unions who give it to the democrats.

  2. alindasue says:


    Once it is paid out as wages, it is no longer “the taxpayer’s money”. It belongs to the person who did the work to earn the wage. THAT is the money that is being paid as union dues.

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