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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.


  1. Posted October 19th, 2011 at 2:07 AM | Permalink

    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?

  2. Andrew
    Posted October 19th, 2011 at 11:53 PM | Permalink

    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.