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Microsoft doubles anti-1125 campaign’s haul

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Oct. 11, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
October 11, 2011 5:05 pm

The campaign to defeat Tim Eyman’s toll initiative has started airing TV ads, and a  new gift from Microsoft should help it keep up the spending.

The tech company gave $600,000 last week, half of the campaign’s total so far.

Bellevue developer Kemper Freeman has bankrolled the Initiative 1125 campaign, which has raised more than opponents but spent most of it on signature gathering. Opponents have reported spending only a fraction of their contributions.

The P-I’s Joel Connelly has details of fundraising in the race. He notes that Microsoft has plenty of employees who commute across the Route 520 bridge that is to be replaced in a project dependent on tolls.

Among other changes, 1125 would block the state from tolling I-90 to help pay for the new 520 bridge.

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