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Washington Policy Center serves political agenda

Spokane voters need to know what the Washington Policy Center is. The organization that opposes Spokane Transit Authority Proposition 1 was cited in an April 12 newspaper article. WPC is not a “nonpartisan, independent” think tank, as it purports to be.

An organization serving private interest groups, it is largely funded by the Lynde and Harvey Bradley Foundation, considered by political analysts to be the largest and most influential right-wing foundation in America. WPC is a member of ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, a powerful conservative lobby conglomeration funded principally by large corporations and ultraconservative special interest groups.

ALEC serves its private interest members by funneling money to legislators in order to direct and control our lawmakers for corporate and conservative political gain, as well as influencing voters via media campaigns that muddle the political issues at hand.

These organizations are not truly about addressing concerns such as tax burdens on citizens, or the sustainability of the STA proposal, nor about genuine concern for the well-being of our community. They’re all about big money, power, control and promulgating their ideology. They are about the cynical erosion and subversion of our democratic process.

Phillip Sawatzky


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