Sarah Lee, Communications Director,
Center for Competitive Politics
Alexandria, Va. - The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) on Thursday, Sept. 22, filed an amicus curiae brief in support of Robin Farris and the “Recall Dale Washam” committee in Washington State.
Farris has been involved in trying to recall Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer Dale Washam for, among other charges, using his office to retaliate against his personal and political opponents, actions that are grounds for recall in Washington State.
After the state’s Supreme Court determined Washam was eligible for a recall, Farris and her group began a campaign to gather signatures to place the recall on the ballot. Because of Washam’s tendency to retaliate against his opponents, Farris had difficulty recruiting volunteers to gather signatures. She then attempted to hire less intimidated professional signature gatherers but was stymied by the cost. Moreover, due to the contribution limits imposed by the state’s campaign finance laws, the group wasn’t able to afford the costs of raising funds, a necessary element in trying to pay professionals to gather signatures.