I'm writing to add our voice to those opposing Proposition 1 on the primary ballot.
While the goals of the "anti-corruption initiative" may be laudable, "anti-participation initiative" would be a better name. The wording is so vague and sweeping that it could inhibit, even prohibit, participation in the public process by school boards, non-profits, cities, boroughs, municipalities, and many other organizations. How? By making it illegal for people or organizations receiving public funds, even indirectly, to communicate with lawmakers except by invitation.
Our group takes no public money for our mission of preventing oil spills and promoting cleanup capability, so we might escape the initiative's reach. However, many cities, boroughs, non-profit corporations, and Alaska Native firms and villages among our 19 member entities do receive public funds. They could be barred from telling government where they stand, not only on oil spill issues, but also on other issues important to them.
We urge Alaskans to protect their right to let government know what they think by voting 'No' on Proposition 1 on Aug. 24.
Mark Swanson, Executive Director
Prince William Sound Regional Citizens' Advisory Council
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