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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

May 12, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Initiative 1329: Restore democracy for the people, not the corporation

It was encouraging to see reporter Jim Brunner’s story in The Seattle Times on Initiative 1329 [“Initiative targets big money in politics,” Local News, May 9]. We — all of us — must collect 246,372 valid signatures before the end of June in order to ensure its place on the November ballot.

When I refer to “all of us,” I mean the “people” Abraham Lincoln was talking about at Gettysburg in 1863: “government of the people, by the people and for the people.” He was not referring to government “of the Super PACs, by the billionaires, for the corporations and other special interests.”

In his dissent to the Supreme Court’s decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, Justice Stephen Breyer expressed the dismay that all of us feel: “Taken together with Citizens United v. FEC, today’s decision eviscerates our Nation’s campaign finance laws, leaving a remnant incapable of dealing with the grave problems of democratic legitimacy that those laws were intended to resolve. … Where enough money calls the tune, the general public will not be heard.”

Initiative 1329 calls for a constitutional amendment, which would overturn Citizen’s United and McCutcheon. It would begin to restore the democracy that all of us were taught is an essential part of America’s promise.

Jim Street, Seattle

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