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ELECTIONS: Citizens can follow the money

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

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PDC: State needs even more disclosure

Re: “Citizens should update, fund Public Disclosure Commission” (Peter Callaghan column, 8-28).

Thanks to Callaghan for his insightful accounting of the Public Disclosure Commission’s beginnings, purpose and present needs.

Having come to Washington in 1990, I knew little of this agency. But as I began to see more clearly how money so powerfully controls our political process, I became painfully aware of how powerless I am as an individual voter donating at most $100 to a candidate’s campaign.

I have written letters to both federal and state elected officials. Sometimes I get no response, and other times I get

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