Letter: Campaign financing reform initiatives greatly needed

  • By Wire Service
  • Tuesday, October 25, 2016 1:30am
  • Opinion

I was pleased that the Everett Herald had finally given some coverage to I-735 and I-1464, the two initiatives addressing campaign financing and reporting reform. I have long suspected the lack of coverage was primarily because the vast majority of the billions of dollars spent on political campaigns go to the for-profit media corporations.

So I was disappointed, but not shocked that the Everett Herald editorial board came out against the two initiatives for campaign finance reform. Their objections were focused on their opinion that I-735 and I-1464 are not perfect and suggested that we should wait again for campaign finance and reporting reform until we have reached their view of perfection.

I was appalled at the bizarre argument that a major flaw in I-735 was that it would be applied equally to all major contributors and not just limited to corporations. Not even Democratic Congresses with Democratic presidents were arrogant enough to pass such a one-sided law.

I do, however, suggest that all voters go to Wamend.org and read the intent, the FAQs, and the whole text of I-735 and go to Yes1464.org for information on I-1464 and “consider carefully before casting your vote.”

Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

Gary McCaig


I-735 volunteer

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