McKenna on KIRO: Seattle’s “democracy vouchers” under challenge

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a legal challenge to Seattle’s “democracy voucher” program. Under the program, every Seattle voter automatically receives four $25 vouchers that they can sign over to Seattle political candidates, who turn them in to the city for campaign dollars. The vouchers are funded by an increase in the property tax.

Dave Ross: “So Rob, who is filing this lawsuit and what would they have against democracy vouchers?”

Rob McKenna: “Well, it sounds downright anti-democratic, doesn’t it, on its face. But, it turns out this case is being brought by two property owners in Seattle who claim that using their tax dollars to provide these democracy vouchers, which allow fellow Seattle voters to donate money to particular candidates, infringes on their free speech rights as taxpayers.

“And there is a point to be made here, because the First Amendment doesn’t just protect you in terms of what you want to be able to say. It protects you from being forced to associate with someone else’s speech that you don’t agree with.”

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