More money from Puget Sound Energy fuels anti-PUD fight

The political action committee fighting the creation of a public utility district on Whidbey Island just got a little richer.

According to the latest figures from the state Public Disclosure Commission, Puget Sound Energy donated a total of $131,000 over a two-day period last week to Whidbey Consumers for Affordable Energy.

The Bellevue-based utility donated $80,000 to the campaign on Oct. 9, and $51,000 on Oct. 10.

The total contributions to date from Puget Sound Energy total $276,504.

The group is actively campaigning against the formation of a PUD in Island County. The district, if approved by voters on Nov. 4, would begin work to take over Puget Sound Energy's territory on Whidbey Island.

County voters will elect PUD commissioners on Nov. 4, at the same time they decide if they want to continue the push toward a locally controlled power company for Whidbey Island.

The latest campaign finance reports from groups set up by the Seattle PR firm Strategies 360, a consultant firm behind the "vote no" campaign, show Puget Sound Energy has now contributed nearly $1 million to the campaigns to oppose new PUDs in Skagit, Jefferson and Island counties, according to Dean Boyer, a spokesman for the Washington Public Utility Districts Association.

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