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The Clark County Democrats believe our county is more than just voters and politics. Clark County is a diverse community of people who believe in supporting our schools, growing our small businesses, and working together to create opportunities for all of our citizens. Whether you're from Camas, Washougal, Vancouver, Battle Ground, Ridgefield, La Center, Yacolt, Amboy or beyond we invite you to see why we believe in you.


Selectively Applied Ethics

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As has been made clear on numerous occasions, the Clark County Democrats are very much behind not only the passage of I-735, which hopes to reinstitute limits on individual political contributions, but the spirit of I-735. This means that when any one person, even if we agree with them, decides to influence an election using their wealth, it's bound to receive some negative attention. If one supports I-735 because of the ethical implications of large amounts of personal money in elections, it's difficult to justify supporting or using large sums of personal money to achieve one's own political goals.

Discrepancies in how & when one's ethics are applied to similar situations is known as selectively applied ethics, and implies the type of moral fluidity that caused the Citizen's United decision to come about in the first place - the only reason they sought to unleash unlimited money in elections is because they knew they had more money than their political opposition. It's unlikely that the Citizen's United decision would have come about had they been poorer than their opponents.

To be clear, we are not opposed to money in elections, we're opposed to big money in elections. We understand that candidate contribution levels often reflect levels of community support. Without limits on all forms of political contributions, though, the voices of the average American citizen can easily be drowned out by politically interested philanthropists or wealthy businesspeople

Candidates for County Council Tanisha Harris & Roman Battan, however, have received no contributions that would be considered contrary to the spirit of I-735. While both Tanisha & Roman have received some PAC money, those PACs are funded by thousands of individuals, not by one or a few wealthy people. One of the best ways to counter the influence of money on elections is to elect candidates whose support of the spirit of I-735 isn't dependent on the situation, and that's Tanisha Harris & Roman Battan!