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.