What do local chapters do?
WPC chapters in selected areas are
organizing to create public financing programs for local officein
cities, counties, towns and local districts that might benefit.
The "Local Option" bills we have fought for in Olympia
remove a state ban on such programs, left over from a 1992 statewide
initiativeand now we can take advantage.
Under the new laws, any jurisdiction that wants to use public
funds for campaigns for local office, must submit the proposal
to a vote of local voters. WPC chapters will take on this challenge:
To create the programs and work for approval by local voters.
After we prevail, anyone with voter support will be able to run
for local office, without needing personal wealth or the backing
of big donors! This will be a huge victory for Clean Elections.
In addition, WashClean advocates educate
local neighbors, arrange presentations to local civic and church
groups, encourage local news media coverage on public financing,
prepare to lobby legislators from your area, seek endorsements for
public financing from your city, county, municipality, provide feedback
to WPC of what works in your area and coordinate activities with
WPC. With the upcoming 2008 legislative session, we urge our state
representatives to support WPC's bills for public financing of campaigns.
our legislators to know: there is a far better way to finance campaigns
than "dialing for dollars" and appearing to be beholden
to big donors. And when our elected representatives support public
financing, we will make sure local voters know about and appreciate
Many hands make light work! Our mailing list of supporters has grown
from less than 900 in May 06 to over 4,300 in August 07, as many
people sign the Citizens' Petition. What an opportunity to help
focus our citizen lobbying power and bring about a major campaign
reform like public financing. It will make a difference for all
you to become part of a local chapter, and even serve with other
WPC leaders in your district. WPC has a Field Organizing Committee
with an experienced Field Organizer on staff, to coach and assist
local WPC groups.
If you would like to organize or become part of a local chapter,
contact us: [email protected]
or your local WPC chapter
also building our Student Chapters on college campuses all over
the state of Washington!
Contact Jenn: [email protected]