SEATTLE - Washington is one of a handful of states being targeted by a
new campaign to get big money out of national politics. You might have
already seen one of the TV commercials on cable that features images
scrolling on an iPad in support of the Fair Elections Now Act in
Celinda Lake, Democratic pollster with Lake Research Partners, asked
voters if they would support such a measure that encourages candidates
to raise money from small donors in their states rather than from large
special-interest and corporate donors.
"Every single demographic group had almost two-thirds support for this
measure, whether you're talking age, whether you're talking about every
region of the country, including more conservative regions."
She says they found majority support among Democrats, Republicans and
Some opponents of the bill say it would likely end up using taxpayer
money to support far-left or far-right candidates with ideologies that
could be offensive to some. But, Republican pollster Mark McKinnon says
that, even after hearing that objection, a majority of Republicans still
support the measure.
"Nothing strikes hotter in the values category for Republicans than the
idea of accountability, and that's really what this proposal is all
Under the bill, candidates would be able to run campaigns for office on a
blend of Fair Elections Funds and small dollar donations. Three members
of the Washington delegation - Senator Cantwell and Representatives
McDermott and Smith, all Democrats - are among the 157 co-sponsors in
the U.S. House and 21 in the Senate.
The ad also is running in Colorado and parts of Florida, expanding this
weekend to other markets, including Washington, D.C. It can be viewed
online at www.fairelectionsnow.org/behinditall