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Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Bank of America joins Keep Washington Rolling, donates $10,000 to beat I‑1125

A year and a half after donat­ing $10,000 to help Tim Eyman get I‑1053 on the Novem­ber 2010 bal­lot, Bank of Amer­i­ca (which we like to call Bank of Greed) has donat­ed an iden­ti­cal amount to beat Eyman’s I‑1125, new PDC data shows.

Keep Wash­ing­ton Rolling has been bol­stered by some $1 mil­lion in fresh con­tri­bu­tions received over the last week and a half, includ­ing Bank of Amer­i­ca’s dona­tion. Oth­er recent wealthy and cor­po­rate con­trib­u­tors to KWR include:

  • Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who chipped in $100,000;
  • Craig Mundie, chief research offi­cer at Microsoft, who donat­ed $10,000;
  • Cen­tu­ryLink, which gave $15,000;
  • HTNB Corp., which gave $25,000;
  • Alas­ka Air­lines, which gave $5,000;
  • Pre­mera Blue Cross, which put in anoth­er $10,000;
  • Nin­ten­do of Amer­i­ca, which put up $25,000;
  • AT&T, which gave $10,000;
  • Rus­sell Invest­ment Group, which gave $10,000;
  • T‑Mobile, which gave $7,500;
  • The Seat­tle Mariners, who donat­ed anoth­er $25,000;
  • The Wash­ing­ton Real­tors, who gave $25,000.

Boe­ing, mean­while, donat­ed $200,000 worth of adver­tis­ing yes­ter­day, join­ing Microsoft as one of the largest con­trib­u­tors to Keep Wash­ing­ton Rolling.

Please note, this isn’t a com­plete list.

In total, Keep Wash­ing­ton Rolling has now raised $2,267,157.76 and spent $1,293,846.9. It still has about a mil­lion dol­lars in cash to burn … and it like­ly isn’t done tak­ing in con­tri­bu­tions, either.

The only major Wash­ing­ton cor­po­ra­tions that don’t seem to have put mon­ey into the NO on I‑1125 cam­paign yet are Ama­zon and Star­bucks.

We pre­vi­ous­ly report­ed that sev­er­al of the cor­po­ra­tions and com­pa­nies that backed Eyman last year had donat­ed mon­ey to beat him last year. We’ve dubbed this group, which now includes Bank of Amer­i­ca, Tim Eyman’s fair-weath­er friends.

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2 Comments

  1. Andrew — Thanks for the info on all these com­pa­nies! I just don’t see any rea­son to fund the oppo­si­tion to an ini­tia­tive that actu­al­ly stops a pub­lic agency — Sound Tran­sit — from cor­rup­tion — by ille­gal­ly using the Gas Tax to pay for Light Rail, which specif­i­cal­ly vio­lates the State Con­sti­tu­tion’s 18th Amend­ment.

    These com­pa­nies would be bet­ter served to give their mon­ey to the poor.

    I may start a boy­cott list of all of these com­pa­nies on my own web site, for their fail­ure to rec­og­nize that Vot­ers in 1944 in Wash­ing­ton State vot­ed for the 18th Amend­ment, because they want­ed gas tax­es to ONLY pay for ROADS.

    So I guess I might be a pro­gres­sive Con­sti­tu­tion­al­ists, since I respect the vot­ers in 1944. I know that you will dis­agree, but why do you and so many oth­ers NOT respect the vot­ers in 1944?

    Isn’t that the same as not respect­ing our found­ing Fathers and the US Con­sti­tu­tion?

    Should­n’t we respect every­one who vot­ed for every amend­ment to both the state and nation­al con­sti­tu­tions?

    Since the vot­ers in 1944 said “Gas Tax­es Only for High­ways, not for any­thing else,” then should­n’t we respect them?

    # by Tom Lane :: October 19th, 2011 at 2:07 AM
    • Tom, you are sad­ly mis­in­formed.

      Sound Tran­sit is not using gas tax­es to build light rail. Sound Tran­sit is fund­ed by region­al sales tax­es and motor vehi­cle excise tax­es. The peo­ple of this region have twice autho­rized Sound Tran­sit to build a light rail sys­tem to con­nect cities such as Seat­tle, Belle­vue, Red­mond, SeaT­ac, and Lyn­nwood. Those votes took place in 1996 and 2008. Sound Tran­sit is car­ry­ing out the will of the vot­ers by deliv­er­ing its projects on time and under bud­get.

      You seem to care a lot about a vote that hap­pened a long time ago. What about those votes in 1996 and 2008? They don’t mat­ter, but that vote in 1944 does? Nice dou­ble stan­dard you’ve got there.

      Sound Tran­sit is not vio­lat­ing the 18th Amend­ment to the state Con­sti­tu­tion by propos­ing to run light rail over I‑90; you are wrong to assert oth­er­wise. You are also wrong in claim­ing that Sound Tran­sit is cor­rupt. It is one of the most heav­i­ly audit­ed agen­cies in the state, with a very com­pe­tent chief exec­u­tive (Joni Earl), cit­i­zen over­sight pan­els, and a high­ly involved board.

      The Lacey V. Mur­row and Homer M. Hadley Memo­r­i­al Bridges over Lake Wash­ing­ton were most­ly built with fed­er­al mon­ey (the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment sup­plied around 80% of the funds), with the under­stand­ing that part of the lat­ter bridge would ulti­mate­ly be used for high capac­i­ty tran­sit. In fact, this was a con­di­tion agreed to by the state upon receipt of the fed­er­al mon­ey.

      Sound Tran­sit is ful­ly com­pen­sat­ing the state for the trans­fer of part of the Homer M. Hadley Memo­r­i­al Bridge. Sound Tran­sit is pay­ing for the express lanes to be replaced by two new HOV lanes, one west­bound and one east­bound, and they will also make reg­u­lar lease pay­ments. Because the state is being com­pen­sat­ed, there is no way you or oth­er light rail oppo­nents can cred­i­bly argue that any high­way mon­ey is being used for a “non-high­way” pur­pose.

      # by Andrew :: October 19th, 2011 at 11:53 PM