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UW: Amid cuts, there’s money for Murray

Letter by Nick Olson, Tacoma on Sep. 19, 2011 at 1:25 pm with 25 Comments »
September 19, 2011 2:14 pm

This year the University of Washington has increased tuition 20 percent. Out-of-state enrollment targets have been increased to 30 percent of total enrollment because out-of-state students pay three times the in state rate.

These actions show that the institution that should be dedicated to serving in-state students is balancing its budget by raising in-state student costs and limiting in-state student access.

In the meantime the UW has somehow been able to find $185,339 to contribute to Sen. Patty Murray. Heads should roll, and she should give it back.

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  1. AlabamaGeorge says:

    Since a state agency can’t legally contribute to a campaign, why doesn’t the letter writer provide support for his claim.

  2. AlabamaGeorge says:

    Bing says: “No results found for UW contributes $185,339 to Murray.”

  3. LarryFine says:

    Nick, if what you say is true you really should provide a supporting link… because if it is true there’s little doubt it would be illegal.

  4. puyallupmutt says:


    The figure quoted of the money given to Murray by the UW was published by the TNT not picked out of thin air by the letter author.
    Get your facts right before you accuse.

    The TNT article also stated that figure was cumulative over several years.

    Murray is a typical Democrat hypocrit. Takes the big bucks from government and government contractors while she slams private contribitors to GOP candidates.
    I also think Emilys list from whom she received mucho bucks should be barred. Murray would bitch like crazy if a men only org gave to a male candidate.

  5. From OpenSecrets.org

    This table lists the top donors to this candidate in the 2007-2012 election cycle. The organizations themselves did not donate, rather the money came from the organization’s PAC, its individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals’ immediate families. Organization totals include subsidiaries and affiliates

    So, surprise suprise! some of the thousands of Employees of the UW, or their spouses or families gave somewhere over $100,000 over the past several years. And this is somehow evidence that the University itself is mis-spending taxpayer’s money.

    The letter-writer is brewing a tempest in a teapot, and some of the commentors are swallowing it.

  6. “AlabamaGeorge says:
    September 19, 2011 at 2:32 pm
    Bing says: “No results found for UW contributes $185,339 to Murray.”

    Puyallup Mutt….read what George posted. BING can’t seem to find anything that says UW gave that money to Murray……oh wait…..

    As the last commenter said….it was EMPLOYEES of University of Washington….

    As usual….the Conservatives misrepresent the facts of the issue….

  7. stetsonwalker says:

    If the money was given by employees, even as conservative as I am and cannot stand Patty, I am OK with it. I have no problem with private people or groups giving to their choice. The unions cross the line though, as they take money from dues meant to represent with management and give it to politicians if the dues payer likes it or not! See the difference is, if I am a dues paying member of the NRA, and I do not want to contribute to their politician, I can quit and they will not take my gun rights. If I am in a closed union shop and the same thing arises and I quit, I lose my job.

  8. Unions take special donations for political campaigns. They also vote on issues and candidates to support. The Conservative non-unionists need to stick to what they know, not what the Conservative media tells them.

  9. theglovesRoff says:

    You ben sleeping karnitos? Or the fodder wasn’t your style till now?

  10. Nick Olson’s letter is ridiculous. Proof? Read the informed comments and the information therein………. he should have known.

  11. gloveR…..please explain what you are attempting to say…..

  12. BigSwingingRichard says:

    One would think Patty Murray would be smarter than this, then again this is Patty Murray, preschool education graduate of WSU.

  13. stetsonwalker says:

    I think he was saying is that you are crazy, I have been a member of the Teamsters, International Woodworkers Association, as well as International Machinists 751 as well as all the meetings and no we did not vote where the money went!

  14. Stetson, as a member of Teamsters 313 and the Newspaper Guild, we took polls to decide what issues and candidates to back. Maybe you missed a meeting or two.

  15. “BigSwingingRichard says:
    September 19, 2011 at 9:24 pm
    One would think Patty Murray would be smarter than this, then again this is Patty Murray, preschool education graduate of WSU.”

    Smarter than what, Richard? Smarter than taking money from legitimate donors?

  16. The university presidents from all major schools said on Washington State’s public televsion network that they were all actively recruiting foreign and out of state students because they’ll make more money. They don’t give a damn about educating the students in this state because they won’t make as much money. As for the prepaid tui plan they call GET, Guaranteed Education Tutition, forget it. If you think they will accept a kid whose parents enrolled them in that program, you’ve got another thought coming. It is “Education to the highest bidder” in this state.

  17. Classic misinformation from the Right Wing Extremists. If one lie doesn’t work, try a new one.

  18. harleyrider1 says:

    My union tells us who we have to vote for and then contributes a portion of our union money to them. Course it’s always whatever the national (Hoffa) union says we should do. I’m sure they know better than we do.

    Kind of like Russia. No, wait – Russia at least put up two choices.

    Taxpayers build and fund a state university, but then allows others to restrict the in-state residents that are more than qualified to a fixed number so people from other countries and other states can take 1/3 of the available student openings.

    Yeah, that sounds like Washington state and the doofus taxpayers. Idiots. Pay for this college, but you cannot get your own child in if the 60% quota has been met. We – the ones paying for our state university – are told 1/3 of the student openings each year have to go to out-of-state and non-citizens.

    Idiots. Sheep. Libs. spend, spend, spend – but now, even your own family gets nothing in return.

  19. frosty – if what you are saying is true then there is an obvious solution – increase state funding to universities so they are less dependent upon tuition.

    U Presidents are, bottom line, concerned with the bottom line. Big money research sponsored by the Dept. of Defense and Bigtime Football almost always top their agenda.

  20. Beerboy, rarely do I agree with anything you say, this is one of those times where I do agree. But at the same time, I believe priority place should be with Washington state residents. These boards that meet in secret and decide who can be admitted and who can’t be admitted needs to be open to the public. That can be done without revealing any personal information on the applicant. These form letters that they send out telling kids that they were not accepted provides no clear reason, just a “sorry ’bout that” comment.

  21. KARDNOS, grow up or grow a pair or both.

  22. stetsonwalker says:


    A poll is not a vote! In a poll you can vote multiple times, s I am sure you know by experience to skew results where you want to see them.

  23. “stetsonwalker says:
    September 20, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    A poll is not a vote! In a poll you can vote multiple times, s I am sure you know by experience to skew results where you want to see them. ”

    A REAL poll….not one on the front page of the TNT….uses a controlled sample. Frankly, I’ll not waste my career experience on someone that has never worked with polling in his life

  24. “frosty says:
    September 20, 2011 at 3:00 pm
    KARDNOS, grow up or grow a pair or both.”

    Brilliant response, frosty!

  25. stetsonwalker says:

    KARDNOS ‘I’ll not waste my career experience on someone that has never worked with polling in his life’
    As a matter of fact, I have both polling experience and experience as union rep.

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