We did it! According to current vote tabulations, 735 passed with 64% percent of the vote! (Although that may change slightly, as officials are still counting ballots. Election results are certified by each county on November 29.)
After a two-year campaign for 735, that means Washington joins Oregon, Montana, and 15 other states calling on Congress to pass a 28th constitutional amendment that would overturn Citizens United and solidify that spending money is not a form of protected speech. But we also went a bit further than other states. Washington voters said they also want the amendment to say that constitutional rights are meant for people, not corporations!
"I am beyond proud to be a part of this citizens’ initiative," says Campaign Chair Linda Brewster. "I'm proud to be a part of the faithful supporters who contributed mostly small contributions to keep our campaign afloat this year. Our truly 'small potatoes' grassroots effort often ran on fumes mixed with determination. And so I am humbled too, with great admiration for all those who stepped up to move this democracy movement forward."
Here's some fun campaign statistics:
- Over 333,000 signatures collected, with over 293,000 gathered by 1,714 volunteers!
- More than 5,200 donations received totaling just over $700,000!
- 27,199 calls made by 102 phone bankers!
- Over 10,000 doors knocked on!
- 2,000 yard signs distributed and put out by more than 50 volunteers!
- 8 newspaper endorsements and 28 letters to the editor since August!
- More than 387,000 Facebook video views!
- Over 100 freeway bannering and sign waving events across the state!
- Campaign Director Cindy and her daughter catered events for more than 800 people!
- Field Director Tiffani drank 94 gallons of coffee!
- Communications Director Matthew ate 174 pieces of pizza!
- Organizer Georgia spent 65 hours on the light rail!
There is still work to be done. Other states are starting their own push to become the 19th state to call for overturning Citizens United. And in Washington, WAmend and Fix Democracy First will be working on and planning more ballot initiatives and actions to further democracy.
We also want to give a BIG shout out to our sister initiative in California, Prop 59, which also calls for a 28th constitutional amendment, passed with 52% approval!
There is lots of work ahead, but for now, let's take a big deep breath and pat ourselves on the back, Initiative 735 passed!