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    Seattle’s coercive ‘democracy voucher’ campaign-finance scheme

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    “How to Get Your Free Money from Seattle’s New Public Campaign Financing System.”
    The Stranger


    The city of Seattle has just embarked on an unprecedented experiment in campaign-finance reform that forces property owners, through a new property tax, to sponsor the campaign contributions of other city residents. The city attracted nationwide attention in 2015 when it passed the first “democracy voucher” program, which is just now under way. The Pacific Legal Foundation, representing two property owners subject to the tax, has sued the city, arguing that the First Amendment forbids the city from compelling property owners to fund viewpoints they oppose.

    At the start of this year, Seattle began mailing out four $25 vouchers to registered voters. Non-voters and even non-citizens can receive vouchers, too, upon request to the city. The vouchers can be used for only one purpose: campaign contributions for local elected office.

    The idea is to give everyone a voice in politics — but at whose expense? Heralding the arrival of the vouchers, The Stranger — a left-leaning Seattle paper — published a gleeful article: “How to Get Your Free Money from Seattle’s New Public Campaign Financing System.” It sported an image of money falling from the sky into the hands of waiting voters.

    But that money doesn’t rain down from above; it comes from the pockets of property owners, who are designated as the cash cows for other people’s political opinions.

    This compelled subsidy for political donations violates the First Amendment. Freedom of speech embodies not only the right to speak, but also its corollary: the right not to speak. This includes the right to refrain from funding the speech of another person. After all, money talks, and when your money goes to promote a cause you don’t believe in, you’re the victim of political ventriloquism. The U.S. Supreme Court has called this a “bedrock principle” of the First Amendment — “that, except perhaps in the rarest of circumstances, no person in this country may be compelled to subsidize speech by a third party that he or she does not wish to support.”

    This speech tax, by forcing Seattle property owners to support the political views of their neighbors, tramples upon this bedrock principle.


    The Supreme Court has upheld neutral public campaign funding in the past, but the democracy-voucher program is an altogether different beast. Since voucher recipients decide which candidates get this money based on their political preferences, the speech tax undermines dissenting views and entrenches popular ones. Unlike neutral public campaign-funding schemes, the voucher program smacks of partisan inequality. As the money flows according to the preferences of Seattle residents, candidates who subscribe to the dominant political view will receive the most largesse. Minority candidates will get outfunded. This does not cultivate the equality of ideas that the democracy-voucher program purports to champion — quite the opposite, in fact. source
    What a load of tripe! Has the 9th ruled on this yet?
    In what warped world is one segment designated to foot the political bill for the opposing segment?
    Even to the point of subsidizing illegal residents' votes?!

    This country has lost its mind on so many levels


    "Democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where 51% of the people may take away the rights of the other 49%." T Jefferson
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    Link to your OP?

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    About the Program - DemocracyVoucher | seattle.gov

    The Democracy Voucher Program costs the average homeowner about $11.50 per year.

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    How could giving every voter 25.00 cost every homeowner (a MUCH smaller pool of people) 11.00??? B
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Knuckles View Post
    How could giving every voter 25.00 cost every homeowner (a MUCH smaller pool of people) 11.00??? B
    The voucher is sent but then must be given of course so the only inference is that they're assuming many will be sent out and then not used at all.

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    The Democrat Political Machine stealing from property owners. hmm.. kinda sorta like how the DPM steals from employees by way of compelled union dues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Knuckles View Post
    How could giving every voter 25.00 cost every homeowner (a MUCH smaller pool of people) 11.00??? B
    It's more than homeowners who will be paying for it. Also business owners.

    Also, there's a max on how much money will be spent on this.

    In November 2015, Seattle voters approved a maximum property tax of $3 million per year to fund the Democracy Voucher Program for the next 10 years. Properties affected include commercial, businesses, and residential properties.
    So maybe people who are late in sending in their vouchers in any given year won't be counted?

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    Quote Originally Posted by puffin View Post
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    “How to Get Your Free Money from Seattle’s New Public Campaign Financing System.”
    The Stranger




    What a load of tripe! Has the 9th ruled on this yet?
    In what warped world is one segment designated to foot the political bill for the opposing segment?
    Even to the point of subsidizing illegal residents' votes?!

    This country has lost its mind on so many levels


    "Democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where 51% of the people may take away the rights of the other 49%." T Jefferson
    AND detail. I believe in PUBLIC funding of elections. NO PRIVATE MONIES, even there own. 8 weeks, convince us to or not vote for you, public forums! All.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cpicturetaker12 View Post
    AND detail. I believe in PUBLIC funding of elections. NO PRIVATE MONIES, even there own. 8 weeks, convince us to or not vote for you, public forums! All.
    I would prefer all campaign financing to be closely regulated. I liked the system Canada had till Harper decided to open it up.

    But this instance strikes me as being unfair to property owners. Again, businesses that own their own building can just up their charges as can landlords. But private homeowners are getting done here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cpicturetaker12 View Post
    AND detail. I believe in PUBLIC funding of elections. NO PRIVATE MONIES, even there own. 8 weeks, convince us to or not vote for you, public forums! All.
    You going to spend taxpauer money on Nazi candidates? Who gets what?

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