Resolution: SJM 8002 & HJM 4004, the 2019 Free and Fair Elections Memorial

WHEREAS, SJM8002 (2019) states:

• The 1st President of the United States George Washington, stated, “The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their Constitutions of Government”

• It was the stated intention of the framers of the Constitution of the United States of America that the Congress of the United States of America should be “dependent on the people alone”

• That dependency has evolved from a dependency on the people alone to a dependency on those who spend excessively in elections, through campaigns or third-party groups;

Whereas, a constitutional amendment is the only vehicle for effective, cross-partisan, long-term campaign finance reform; and

Whereas, The first of two ways to propose amendments to that constitution, the Congress, has shown itself indifferent to, or enslaved to the system of disproportionate representation enabled by wealth.

Whereas, The Second method of proposing amendments, a convention of the states is our most effective tool for requiring the United States Congress to call a convention for the purpose of proposing amendments to the United States Constitution to counter The United States Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 558 U.S. 310 (2010) and to counter related cases and events where restrictions on amounts of independent, corporate, or other special group interests for political spending were removed.

Whereas, The removal of those restrictions has resulted in the unjust influence of powerful economic forces, which have supplanted the will of the people by undermining our ability to choose our political leadership, write our own laws, and determine the fate of our state.

Therefore, be it resolved that the 48th Legislative District Democrats calls on the WA House of Representatives and Senators to support and urge the passing of SJM 8002 and HJM 4004.

Be it finally resolved, that the Executive Board communicate this resolution to our state representatives and senator and the Democratic Central Committee and other Legislative District organizations in the Counties of Washington State.

Adopted by the 48th Legislative District Democrats this 11th day of September, 2019.