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Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Microsoft invests $600,000 into NO on 1125

Keep Wash­ing­ton Rolling, the coali­tion that is fight­ing Tim Eyman’s I‑1125, has just received a huge finan­cial boost from one of Wash­ing­ton’s largest employ­ers: Microsoft (which, like NPI, is head­quar­tered in Red­mond). The com­pa­ny had pre­vi­ous­ly donat­ed $100,000 to the cause, but last Fri­day, it wrote anoth­er check for six times that amount, bring­ing its aggre­gate total to $700,000.

Oth­er major con­trib­u­tors to Keep Wash­ing­ton Rolling to date include:

  • $40,000: Pem­co
  • $30,000: Wright Run­stad & Associates
  • $25,000: HDR Inc., Puget Sound Ener­gy, Par­sons Brinck­er­hoff, the Seat­tle Mariners, the Wash­ing­ton State Build­ing & Con­struc­tions Trade Coun­cil, Saltchuk Resources, and Weyerhaueser
  • $20,000: Pre­mera Blue Cross, Wash­ing­ton Asphalt Pavers Association
  • $16,500: Amal­ga­mat­ed Tran­sit Union (includ­ing Locals #587 and #1765)
  • $16,000: Pacif­ic North­west Region­al Coun­cil of Carpenters
  • $15,000: Vul­can, Wash­ing­ton State Labor Coun­cil, Aero­space Machin­ists Dis­trict #751, Kiewit Infra­struc­ture West

In total, Keep Wash­ing­ton Rolling has raised $1.2 mil­lion, and it will like­ly end Octo­ber hav­ing raised clos­er to $2 mil­lion, if not more.

Microsoft obvi­ous­ly accounts for more than half of the amount raised, though the per­cent­age of its con­tri­bu­tions to Keep Wash­ing­ton Rolling are out­weighed by the per­cent­age of Kem­per Free­man, Jr.‘s con­tri­bu­tions to Tim Eyman’s coffers.

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One Comment

  1. Thanks for the info. It is iron­ic that Microsoft would oppose I‑1125, giv­en that many of their East­side employ­ees live out­side the area served by Sound Tran­sit, see link to their ser­vice area at link below.

    For exam­ple, many at Microsoft work in Maple Val­ley and Cov­ing­ton, and adja­cent areas out­side the urban growth bound­ary in east King Coun­ty. Oth­ers work at Fall City and numer­ous oth­er delight­ful towns in the Sno­qualmie Val­ley includ­ing the Town of Snoqualmie.

    Not only do these areas not have light rail, they do not also have bus rapid transit. 

    Per­haps John Niles can offer some sug­ges­tions on bus rapid tran­sit from these out­lin­ing com­mu­ni­ties, and how to widen dan­ger­ous two lane rur­al roads into Red­mond and Bellevue.

    Thank you
    Tom Lane

    # by Tom Lane :: October 12th, 2011 at 10:43 PM
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