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Campaign season starts up

By Mark Johnson, Senior Vice President of Government Affairsbox

Spring is in the air and that can only mean one thing; campaign season is upon us.  Already yard signs are going up, doorbells are being rung and phone calls for endorsements and contributions are in full swing.

There will be 98 House of Representatives and half of the 49 Senate seats up for election this year.  Also on the ballot will be the entire Washington State House Congressional delegation – 10 federal representatives and U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell.

WRA has two political action committees that are funded by member contributions.  They are the WRA Retail Action Council PAC, which focuses on state and federal elections and the WRA Local Government PAC which plays in the city, county and port elections.

After the official filing period closes May 21, WRA will begin reviewing all of the candidates for elective office to determine how well they support the retail industry.  The first step is that all of the new candidates, not the incumbents, will receive a questionnaire to give us an initial read on their positions.  Incumbents will be scored on how they voted on the top WRA issues during the 2018 Legislative Session.  We then review the district for viability of our chosen candidate to win.  We will personally interview many of the candidates seeking our support.

Once all of our homework is done, our PAC boards vote on whether to endorse and make a monetary contribution.  State campaign finance laws limit contributions to legislative candidates at $1,000 per election – or $2,000 for both the primary election, August 7 and the general election, November 6.

Our political goal is to elect and re-elect as many pro-retail candidates as possible.  If you are interested in donating to our PAC it would be much appreciated.  Checks can be made out and sent to WRA Retail Action Council PAC, P.O. Box 2227, Olympia, WA  98507-2227.  There is no limit to PAC contributions.  Personal and corporate funds are acceptable.  PAC contributions are reported to the Public Disclosure Commission and are not considered charitable tax deductions.

Thank you for your support.

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