Initiative campaigns each spent $1M to make ballot



OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Three campaigns appear to have collected enough signatures for their statewide initiatives to make the fall ballot this year — and each of them spent more than $1 million to do it.

The Olympian newspaper reports that recent filings with the Public Disclosure Commission show that most of that money came from just a few donors, and all of the campaigns used paid signature gatherers.

Tim Eyman’s Initiative 1125 would limit highway tolls to stretches of road that are improved directly tolls collected. Bellevue developer and light-rail opponent Kemper Freeman gave $1.1 million of the nearly $1.3 million the campaign raised.

I-1163 would require training and background checks for home care workers. The Service Employees International Union donated all of the $1.4 million raised by that campaign.

Costco Corp. was the driving force behind I-1183, a liquor-privatization plan. The wholesaler donated all of the cash and most of the in-kind contributions for that effort, which has collected and spent nearly $1.9 million.