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September 10, 2014 at 1:27 PM

NRA sends more money to fight I-594

As we’ve tallied the dollars flowing toward the pro-background check independent-expenditure campaign known as Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, we’ve been wondering where the National Rifle Association (NRA) is. The NRA started its own spending committee in June to oppose I-594, a measure on the November ballot that would expand background checks on gun purchases to online sales, gun…

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September 9, 2014 at 5:36 PM

The Ballmers give another quarter million to support I-594

Steve Ballmer’s been in the news quite a bit lately: keeping busy with basketball teams (and more basketball teams)  and stepping down from the Microsoft board. And the former Microsoft CEO and his wife are continuing to add to the big-dollar campaign in support of Initiative 594, which would expand background checks on firearms purchasers. Ballmer and wife…

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September 8, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Democrat lawmakers send letter to NRA over lobbyist’s remarks

We wrote in late July about comments made by a National Rifle Association (NRA) lobbyist who compared the proposed background checks initiative to the beginning of Nazi oppression of Jews before World War II. Neither the lobbyist, Brian Judy, nor the NRA have commented on that episode. Now, four Democrat legislators have sent a letter to the NRA demanding that the organization dissociate itself…

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August 29, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Bloomberg gives $1M to background-check campaign

The I-594 advocacy group Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility is getting a $1 million donation from Everytown for Gun Safety, the umbrella organization driven by dollars from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Kate Downen, a spokeswoman for Everytown for Gun Safety, confirmed the donation Friday afternoon. Voters this November will approve or reject I-594, which would require…

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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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August 18, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Paul Allen gives $500K to support gun-sale background checks

OLYMPIA (AP) — A campaign seeking to expand gun-sale background checks has received a $500,000 donation from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. The donation to Initiative 594 posted on the state’s Public Disclosure Commission website Monday afternoon. I-594 would require background checks for all gun sales and transfers in Washington state, including at gun shows and private sales….

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August 13, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Ballmers add $250,000 to campaign for gun background checks

The WA Alliance for Gun Responsibility continues to pad its war chest. The independent spending group is leading the push to get voters to approve in November I-594, a measure that would require background checks for gun sales. Ex-Microsoft CEO Steven Ballmer (and new LA Clippers owner) and his wife Connie were already big donors to the group, but they kicked in an…

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