The people must re-claim elections

FBI investigates Patty Murray and Norm Dicks’ dealings with PMA lobbyists.

Gregoire accepts money from Indian tribes. Rossi takes money from BIAW. Abramoff uses campaign money to control House Republicans. Obama accepts $541,000 from UBS bank. On and on. Every day a new scandal, smacking of corruption, weakens our faith in our government. And every one of them uses campaign contributions to “launder” obvious bribery.

Should we be furious with the politicians and lobbyists? The answer is a resounding “no.” They are playing the only game in town. The people we should be angry at are “We, the People.” That’s right, ourselves. Less than 0.3 percent of us ever give more than $200 to a political campaign. We think we’re getting something for nothing when we send our political candidates out begging for campaign money. Well, we’re not. The hundreds of billions of dollars of our money that has just been given away to the financial sector with no strings attached should make it perfectly clear that campaign “donors” get a great return on their investment. Add the insurance, pharmaceutical, petroleum and defense industries and you get the picture. We’re killing our democracy by letting special interests fund election campaigns.

Our officials will work for those who pay for their campaigns. It cannot be otherwise. Public funding of campaigns is public ownership of democracy. And we can have it. Contact your federal officials in both houses and demand they support the Fair Elections Now Act. See for information.

Ken Dammand


Talk to us

More in Opinion

Editorial cartoons for Saturday, Sept. 23

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

Randall Tharp’s month recovery coins after battling a fentanyl addiction.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Editorial: Fentanyl crisis should force rethinking of approach

A continuum of care, that includes treatment in jails, is imperative, says a journalist and author.

Comment: ‘Legacy forest’ term hides an unproductive intent

Meant to lock up state forest lands, it discourages responsible and valuable timber management.

Comment: Effort to lower drug costs could hurt other patients

Those suffering from rare diseases face a longer wait for medications if research is discouraged.

Forum: Hospital waiting rooms shouldn’t be patient warehouses

Why are hospitals, like Providence, understaffed with nurses, leaving patients to wait for hours for care?

Forum: Our climate change efforts need to include NW’s grid

With a shared electrical grid, the Northwest needs a cooperative effort on energy production and use.

Saunders: Others serving time for following GOP’s Pied Piper

Trump’s ultimate fate is undetermined, but for now, others are paying the price for his election denial.

Editorial cartoons for Friday, Sept. 22

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

Flowers bloom on the end of a dead tree on Spencer Island on Monday, Aug. 28, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Editorial: Restore salmon habitat but provide view of its work

Comments are sought on a plan to restore fish habitat to the island east of Everett with popular trails.

Most Read