I-735 Ramping Up

September 22, 2016
Cindy Black

I-735 Ramping Up Before Ballots Go Out, plus Ben Cohen (Ben and Jerry’s), Jeff Clements (American Promise), & David Cobb (Move to Amend), Visit Washington State in Support.

If I-735 passes, it will make Washington the 18th state to ask Congress to overturn Citizens United.  With only a month before ballots go out,  Yes on 735 has ramped up efforts to get the word out to as many voters as possible. In a recent Elway Poll, which surveyed 500 registered Washington State voters, I-735 had 43 in favor, 21 against and 36 undecided, so there are still a lot of people who still don’t know about this initiative. Direct voter contact utilizing phone banking, canvassing, tabling at events, as well as social media and targeted online advertising will be the main tactics used to reach these undecided voters and build awareness about this issue.

On September 15th, Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, and Jeff Clements, President of American Promise, were in Seattle in support of I-735. Both attended a special fundraiser event to help raise funds for the finals weeks of the campaign. They also shared the importance of this movement and going forward. It was a fun event with beautiful 360 views of the Seattle skyline!

To help promote the initiative, David Cobb, co-founder of Move to Amend, toured Washington State with Campaign Director, Cindy Black, in support of I-735. He covered eight cities during his visit, including Mount Vernon, Seattle, Vancouver, Spokane, Richland, Edmonds and Bainbridge Island. His “History of Corporate Personhood and the Rights and Privileges Timeline” presentation was very well received. He also helped raise several thousands dollars for the campaign during his visit.

The initiative also recently received some major endorsements including Governor Jay Inslee, Senator Patty Murray, Washington CAN! and FUSE Washington. Also, Our Revolution, the Green Party of Washington State and several Democratic LDs are planning to phone bank, canvass and distribute materials for the campaign, with I-735 at the top of the list of what they will discuss with voters.

Yes on 735 needs support all the way to the end. Phone banking and canvassing are two of the highest priorities, so please get involvedand commit to one or more hours a week between now and the election to work for the campaign. Donations are still needed to buy materials such as flyers and yard signs, as well as for online ads on local newspapers and social media, so please give what you can.

With little time left, please support Yes on 735 and spread the word to help pass this important initiative to make Washington State the 18th state calling to overturn Citizens United!

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