Some opponents of the bill say it would likely end up using taxpayer money to support far-left or far-right candidates with ideologies that could be offensive to some. But, Republican pollster Mark McKinnon says that, even after hearing that objection, a majority of Republicans still support the measure.
"Nothing strikes hotter in the values category for Republicans than the idea of accountability, and that’s really what this proposal is all about."
Under the bill, candidates would be able to run campaigns for office on a blend of Fair Elections Funds and small dollar donations. Three members of the Washington delegation – Senator Cantwell and Representatives McDermott and Smith, all Democrats – are among the 157 co-sponsors in the U.S. House and 21 in the Senate.
The ad also is running in Colorado and parts of Florida, expanding this weekend to other markets, including Washington, D.C. It can be viewed online at www.fairelectionsnow.org/behinditall.