Making Democracy Work
Reduce the influence of special interest money, and increase transparency in government and politics.
Issue Team Chair: Kathy Sakahara, firstname.lastname@example.org, (206) 261-7797
2020 Legislative Session Expectations
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The big news this week is the 2020 Democracy Lobby Day in Olympia on Tuesday, January 21. The response has been overwhelming and regrettably we have needed to cut off registration because we are well over full for the day. We do plan to live stream the event from our Facebook page at link
Campaign Finance reform and Government Ethics are always high priorities for our advocacy work. This work is especially important because the League is one of a very few groups that focuses on these areas.
We will continue to support the revolving door bill which establishing a one-year “cooling off” period before elected officials could work as lobbyists. This will prevent legislators from negotiating new positions with private companies while still in office, lowering the potential, and for appearance of, corruption.
We are also supporting a new bill that would require any corporation making a political contribution to certify that its ownership comprises less than 50% foreign nationals. We are all aware of concerns about the undue effect of foreign interests on our elections at the national level, and this bill would be a good step in minimizing that influence.
And of course we need to ensure that the campaign finance reforms that we are pushing for can be effectively enforced. This means adequately funding the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) —the state body responsible for enforcing campaign finance laws. We now have a bill (see below) that will allow the PDC to access monies from a fund already dedicated for its use without requiring approval from the legislature. We continue to work with the PDC to fight certain deliberately misleading political tactics.
Please continue to stay involved throughout the session. Your involvement can be anything from contacting your legislators to researching and lobbying on a bill.
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Bills the League Supports