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posted by September 5 at 15:13 PMon
Initiative 985 sponsor Tim Eyman sent out another broadside today, this one aimed at Transportation Choices Coalition (TCC) state policy director Bill LaBorde. (LaBorde, formerly the state director for Environment Washington, joined TCC a couple of weeks ago). In the email, Eyman accuses LaBorde of “abandoning ship” because he is no longer listed as the campaign manager and treasurer for the No on 985 campaign. (The initiative would open carpool lanes to all drivers for most of the day, bar tolls from being spent on transit, and redirect tens of millions from the state’s general fund, which primarily funds health care and education, toward building still more roads.) Eyman writes:
On August 6, over a month after we turned in 300,000+ voter signatures for I-985, Bill LaBorde [here Eyman included LaBorde’s cell phone number and personal email] filed his initial campaign report (called a C1PC) naming the opposition committee to I-985 to the state public disclosure commission. He called it No! on I-985 and he named himself Campaign Manager and Treasurer.
To date, there’s been no money reported being raised or spent — how do you beat something with nothing?
On August 21, a month and a half after we turned in 300,000+ voter signatures for I-985, a revised report (C1PC AMENDED) was filed and Bill LaBorde’s name is no where to be seen and his email address is no where to be found. A new campaign manager is named (Trevor Kaul…) and a new treasurer is named (Philip Lloyd…) and Bill LaBorde is not even listed as a Committee Officer.
The opposition campaign to I-985 is clearly in disarray.
Bill LaBorde has abandoned ship on his efforts to organize I-985’s opposition — he’s moved on, preferring to spend his time and effort trying to get voters to approve his higher priority: the $107 billion/$60,000-per-family Proposition 1 on the Puget Sound’s fall ballot.
But really, who can blame him?
Then he asks for money.
I spoke with LaBorde at a TCC forum on the viaduct downtown this afternoon, and he reassured me that he is definitely still involved with the No on 985 campaign, and laughed at Eyman’s faux naivete about how campaigns work. LaBorde said he merely set up the campaign (it’s a coalition, not “his” campaign), which has since hired a professional campaign manager and treasurer. (Campaigns are usually run by professional managers, not full-time employees of advocacy organizations.) LaBorde says he expects contributions to the campaign to start showing up on disclosure reports next month, and that the campaign is working now to “bring the business and labor communities on board.” LaBorde adds: “I’m pretty confident that we’re going to have more money than Eyman by the end of this campaign.” Currently, Eyman’s own campaign appears to be around $230,000 in the hole, as Eyman has not yet repaid a $150,000 loan and the campaign has spent about $80,000 more than it has received in contributions.