Candidate Alex Pedersen
Shares the Strong
Concerns and Frustrations
About PAC Spending
in Our Elections


CONTACT: Alexa Halling, 206-502-9092

SEAT TLE, October 24, 20 19 -

Alex Pedersen Statement on Unprecedented PAC Spending:

"I share the strong concerns and frustrations of many Seattle residents protesting excessive spending by independent political action committees (PACs) in our local elections. As a candidate who has personally doorbelled voters on EVERY block in my district, returned all funds received from PACs, and qualified first for Seattle’s Democracy Voucher program, I agree that such unprecedented spending by independent organizations is absolutely unwelcome and unnecessary."

"The recent  Crosscut-Elway poll  confirms what we've heard directly from thousands of people on their doorsteps: the ineffective approaches and lack of results from some current City Councilmembers are unpopular and people demand progress. As concerns and frustrations increase, political action committees (PACs) representing a variety of interests (business, labor, neighborhoods, interest groups) are spending record-breaking sums of money this year on races across our city."

"Let me be clear: the big money from PACs is absolutely NOT needed or welcome because doorbelling, professional experience, and a focus on results are what really matter to voters -- instead of excessive ads or negative attacks. For the record, I have not been accepting any money directly from any PAC, company, or real estate developers and I encourage all candidates to return the PAC money they have received I support homegrown organizations working to do positive things for our city and its people, but it's important for me to be independent and accountable only to the constituents of District 4."

"As we know, no candidate is able to control or stop  independent expenditures  made by outside groups to support (or oppose) candidates. (These I.E.s are allowed by the unfortunate  Citizens United  case in 2010 decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.) These  outside PACs  have received money from various organizations and they have made independent expenditures in hopes of benefiting several candidates. For months, I have publicly and consistently discouraged their spending and any negativity."

"In addition, I support Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez’s efforts to curtail big donations. Candidates can and should speak for themselves."

Alex Pedersen, a progressive results-oriented Democrat running on a platform of accountability, was the first candidate in the entire city to qualify for the city's Democracy Voucher program, received the most vouchers from District 4 residents , and received over  2/3 of his contributions  from people residing in District 4.

Pedersen officially launched his campaign on November 28, 2018 for District 4. Because the incumbent Rob Johnson vacated his seat early, the City Council appointed a temporary caretaker until D-4 voters choose their own 4-year Councilmember in the November 2019 general election.

District 4 is home to approximately 100,000 residents in 20 neighborhoods including Bryant, Belvedere Terrace, Cowen Park, Eastlake, East Fremont, Hawthorne Hills, Inverness, Laurelhurst, Magnuson Park, Maple Leaf, Ravenna, Ravenna Springs, Roosevelt, Sand Point, the U District, University Park, View Ridge, Wallingford, Wedgwood and Windermere.

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