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Washington State Could Ban Independently-Funded Campaign Ads

The Public Disclosure Commission in Washington State unanimously voted November 30 to ask the governor and state legislature to prohibit corporations, unions and membership associations...
December 12, 2006

The Public Disclosure Commission in Washington State unanimously voted November 30 to ask the governor and state legislature to prohibit corporations, unions and membership associations from funding independent political advertisements.

"The dramatic and overwhelming increase of money spent on independent advertisements interferes with the fundamental democratic process," said PDC Commissioner Mike Connelly. "It's obvious that millions of dollars would not be spent if the spenders didn't expect to receive a benefit. We're attempting to strike a balance between candidates and special interest organizations who try to influence government." According to the PDC, more than $5.5 million was spent on independent advertising for the 2006 legislative elections and the contested elections for Washington State Supreme Court justice in 2006.