Council President Lorena Gonzalez. (Seattle City Council, Flickr Creative Commons)
Seattle’s mayoral election cycle during the 2021 primary has seen hundreds of thousands of dollars roll in from Democracy Vouchers. Meanwhile, outside money has rolled in too, with four of the top five fundraising candidates seeing support from independent PACs.
Seattle’s Democracy Voucher program was originally designed to limit the presence of large-scale outside dollars in political campaigns. Even so, independent expenditure committees (IECs) have operated as something of a loophole, functioning as local-level PACs permitted to raise and spend virtually unlimited sums of money
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