CourtHouseNews: Political-Spending Voucher Program Upheld in Seattle


Two Seattle taxpayers lost their constitutional challenge to a voter initiative that sends vouchers to residents so they can financially support political candidates.


"Seattle’s public financing system loosens the stranglehold that large donors have had over the terms of political debate,” said Tara Malloy of the Campaign Legal Center, who filed an amicus brief in the case.

“As Judge Andrus recognized,” Malloy added, “the voucher program aims to broaden  ‘voter participation in the electoral process’ – and to further the First Amendment rights of city residents – by giving more people an opportunity to have their voices heard in our democracy.”

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