Supporters, opponents of I-933 are near even in campaign contributions
June 25, 2008 · Updated 6:21 PM
Campaigns for and against Initiative 933 have raised almost equal amounts, but supporters of the controversial proposal are now facing a much-depleted war chest after wrapping up their signature drive to get I-933 onto the ballot.
Led by the Washington State Farm Bureau, I-933 supporters submitted more than 315,000 signatures Thursday to get the initiative on the November ballot.
But now, the campaign for I-933 an initiative that would require state and local governments to compensate property owners when regulations damage the use or value of private property are looking at relatively empty campaign coffers.
According to financial reports submitted to the Public Disclosure Commission, the states campaign watchdog, the Property Fairness Coalition has raised $378,311 in its push to pass I-933. After paying for signature gatherers and other costs, the coalition has only $25,866 in cash on hand; minus loans and other debts, the campaign has just $6,957.
The campaign to defeat I-933, called Citizens for Community Protection, has raised $387,523. It has $203,035 in cash on hand; minus loans and other debts, the group has $141,606.
Major donors to the Citizens for Community Protection include Futurewise, the smart growth nonprofit group formerly known as 1,000 Friends of Washington (more than $75,000); Paul Brainerd, computer software pioneer and founder of Aldus Corp. ($50,000); The Nature Conservancy ($38,500); America Rivers, Inc. ($15,000) and the National Audubon Society ($1,500).
Individual contributors to the no-on-I-933 campaign come largely from Western Washington and the I-5 corridor.
In Island County, opponents of the initiative have contributed $740 to the campaign to defeat I-933.
I-933 supporters in Island County have contributed $250 to the Property Fairness Coalition.
I-933 has drawn contributions from across the state, including a large number of small donations from rural areas and Eastern Washington. Donors include farmers, dairies, construction companies and timber interests.
Major donors include Americans for Limited Government, an Illinois-based conservative group ($200,000); Washington State Farm Bureau (more than $50,000); Snohomish County Farm Bureau ($20,000); Thurston County Farm Bureau ($20,000).
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