City Freeman Dumps $100K Into Anti-Transit “Campaign”
posted by October 14 at 15:49 PMon
Until this week, opponents of this year’s mass-transit expansion measure—AKA Proposition 1, which you’ll find on the bottom of your King, Pierce, or Snohomish County ballot—have been laying low, dropping only $20,000 into the anti-transit, pro-roads “No to Prop. 1” campaign. In the past week or so, however, the road warriors have come out in force, dumping $112,000 into the anti-Sound Transit effort. Fully $100,000 of that money came from Bellevue land mogul Kemper Freeman—a perennial transit opponent who’s working to defeat light rail even though it would go directly to one of his largest downtown Bellevue developments. The remaining $12,000 came from Belltown zillionaire Mark Baerwaldt, Fremont landowner Suzie Burke, downtown developer Matt Griffin, and cell-phone magnate Bruce McCaw. Those five contributors are joined by longtime anti-rail zealots John Niles and Donald Padelford, Oak Harbor Freight Lines and the Washington Asphalt Paving Association, and H. Chaffey Investments—bringing the total number of supporters for the anti-light-rail “campaign” to ten. In contrast, the Mass Transit Now campaign has more than 200 donors… and has raised more than half a million so far, to the “no” campaign’s $150,000.