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.