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August 28, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Gun-rights advocate challenges Bill Gates to debate I-594

The chairman of a powerful gun-advocacy organization has put a shot across the bow of I-594′s latest big donor. Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA, possibly the most jarring acronym ever), called for Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates to debate him over I-594. Gates and his wife Melinda More

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August 25, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Bill and Melinda Gates give $1M in support of background checks on gun buyers

Each contribution reads like a Lotto payout: three contributions from mega-wealthy donors amounted to $2 million donated last week to support background checks on gun buyers. The money is flowing to WA Alliance for Gun Responsibility, which is advocating for I-594 in November’s general election vote, which would mandate background checks on gun purchases. Billionaire entrepreneur Nick…

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October 30, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Another week, another million for charter school initiative

As the election nears, the campaign to bring charter schools to Washington state reported another $1.5 million in donations from Paul Allen, founder of Vulcan, Inc. and co-founder of Microsoft.  Allen has been a major supporter of past charter-school campaigns, too, along with his fellow Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. With $1.6 million in total in donations,…

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October 23, 2012 at 1:20 PM

NEA donates $250,000 to anti-charter-school campaign

The National Education Association, which supports charter schools in some states, has contributed $250,000 to the campaign to defeat a charter school initiative here, the campaign’s largest contribution to date. The NEA is the parent group for the Washington Education Association, Washington’s largest teachers union, and it has donated to anti-charter-school campaigns here in the past. …

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October 9, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Charter school campaign receives sizeable donations

The campaign to bring charter schools to Washington state received two big donations last week — $2 million from Bill Gates and $1.1 million from Alice Walton, daughter of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton. Another $500,000 came from two New York residents, one of whom is the managing director of De Shaw and Co., a global investment and…

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July 17, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Latest big gift to charter schools initiative: $600,000 from Wal-Mart heiress

Alice Walton, the daughter of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton, donated $600,000 last week to an initiative to allow charter schools in Washington state, helping to bring the effort’s fundraising to $3.3 million. Also last week, Seattle venture capitalist Nick Hanauer contributed $250,000, bringing his total investment to $450,000, according to public disclosure documents. And Mike…

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July 6, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Charter school initiative gets 350,000 signatures, likely headed for ballot

Supporters of an initiative to allow charter schools in Washington state submitted about 350,000 signatures to the Secretary of State this morning, more than enough to qualify for the November ballot. The Secretary of State’s Office reported the news in a tweet. “Voters have clearly shown they want another chance to consider this issue, and we…

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