Resolutions submitted by Island County Democrats to the 2018 Island County Convention/10th LD Caucus and voted to move on to State Resolutions Commitee :


WHEREAS the legitimacy of a government is dependent upon the perceptions of its citizenry;
WHEREAS social stability relies upon the belief that the government is working for the
betterment of the whole;
WHEREAS donations to elected officials can be perceived as having undue influence in the
decisions made by these officials;
WHEREAS the objective of any donation lies in its ability to influence decision making. Any
donation must therefore promote the best interests of the many rather than the few;
WHEREAS there is currently a large percentage of the population that believes there is a
significant problem with large donations to politicians. Such gratuities may be perceived as a
way for large single source donations to buy influence and control government. In addition, this
perception may serve to destroy esteem held for high public office;
WHEREAS small donations are perceived as appropriate as they indicate the needs of citizenry
as a whole;
WHEREAS large donations from a single source create the impression of pay for play;
WHEREAS the Supreme Court decisions in Citizens United v FEC, McCutcheon et al v FEC,
Buckley v Valeo, and other similar cases have allowed for moneyed interests to make large single source donations;
WHEREAS a change to the Constitution is an appropriate manner to fix problems created by judicial interpretations that are in conflict with the desires of the citizenry; and
WHEREAS gratuities to public officers in the form of gifts, contracts, paid speaking
engagements, and other remunerations currently and after retirement, can be perceived to be deferred payments for services rendered while in office,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Washington State Democratic Central Committee
(WSDCC) publicly states, by placing appropriate wording in the State Platform, that all
Federally Elected officials from Washington State are expected to produce and support an
Amendment to the United States Constitution that specifies all of the following:  1) only natural persons legally registered to vote in the United States can be allowed to donate in any way to political campaigns; 2) the rights protected by the Constitution are the rights of natural persons only.  Artificial entities have no rights under this Constitution and are subject to regulation through Federal, State, or local law; 3) direct donations to political campaigns will be capped at 
no more than the current monetary value of $1,000 per person per candidate per election cycle based on the value of the US dollar as of January 1, 2018; 4) in kind donations in the form of labor/volunteering is not considered as a direct donation; 5) violations of these criteria shall constitute reasonable cause for removal from office;
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that WSDCC shall create a committee to
develop language to address the issue of excessive gratuities for current and/or retired office
holders by creating definitions of "excessive" and to formulate the manner in which such issues will be adjudicated in a public and transparent manner; and
THEREFORE BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that WSDCC send copies of this resolution to
all county Democratic organizations in Washington State, the Attorney General of Washington
State, the Governor of Washington State, and to all current State and Federal Representatives and Senators.

Submitted by: (name) Scott Chaplin
to Island County Democrats for consideration at its March 24, 2018 County Convention.


WHEREAS the State of Washington has the inherent duty and responsibility to protect the rights of its citizens to a fair and impartial election process free from corrupting external influences brought on by a lack of federal oversight and guidance;
WHEREAS money and pressures from outside of the State are used to promote and advocate for local candidates, positions, or propositions which abrogate the ability of the states’ citizens to be free from external influence in their deliberation of issues;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that we, the Washington State Democratic Party (WSDCC) urge
the Washington State Legislature to establish policies, processes, and legislation that ensures any candidate within a State election may only be funded by money which originates from within Washington State by individual donors.
THEREFORE, BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that WSDCC will urge the Washington State
Legislature to enact all necessary and prudent legislation requiring that any money used for influence or promotion to advocate for a candidate, position, or proposition must originate from within the State and be fully disclosed to State voters at the time of delivery.

Submitted by: Bruce Hall
to Island County Democrats for consideration at its March 24, 2018 County Convention.


WHEREAS numerous lives have been lost across the United States due to gun violence on school campuses;
WHEREAS students should be able to attend school without the fear of gun violence;
WHEREAS our students deserve the support of caring adults, including counselors and mental health professionals;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that we, the Washington State Democratic Party (WSDCC),
support students in their demand for stricter laws governing the availability of guns and the enforcement of restrictions.
THEREFORE, BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that we, the Washington State Democratic Party
strongly commend the students of our State who are speaking out and marching to protest the inaction of our lawmakers.

Submitted by: Mary Kanter
to Island County Democrats for consideration at its March 24, 2018 County Convention.