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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    ONE PERFECT REASON WHY I SOLD OUT AND LEFT SEATTLE OFFICIALS TO THEIR CESSPOOL 18 YEARS AGO , I COULD NO LONGER STAND HAVING MY TAX DOLLARS SPENT IN SUCH FASHION….VOUCHERS FOR CANDIDATES, PAID FOR BY TAXES ASSESED ON REAL PROPERTY……THAT IS RICH, FIRST THE NON PROPERTY TAX PAYING VOTER GETS SOME OF YOUR PROPERTY TAX MONEY TO SPEND ON ANY IDIOT WHO FILES FOR PUB-LICK OFFICE…..HOW DOES THAT SOUND ROLLING OFF THE TONGUE……THEN TO ADD TO THAT INSULT, THE TAX PAYER WOULD HAVE THEIR CONTITUTIONAL RIGHTS INFRINGED IN BEING FORCED TO SUPPORT THIS OBVIOUS VIOLATION OF FREEDOM OF SPEECH !!!! DEMOCRACY, WE DO NOT LIVE IN A DEMOCRACY, WE LIVE IN A CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC, WHICH APPEARS TO BE FORGOTTEN BY THE IDIOTS IN CHARGE ……..FORCED TO ASSOCIATE WITH IDIOTS LIKE SAWANT, MAYOR ED AND ALL THE REST OF THE LOONEY LEFT TAKES THE CAKE, KICK THESE IDIOTS TO THE CURB WITH A COURT INJUNCTION AND SUE THEM BACK INTO THE STONE AGE !!!! THEY ARE AN AFRONT TO ALL FREE CITIZENS OF THIS LAND !!!