Let's Move Forward, the campaign asking voters to approve the tunnel referendum on the primary ballot, just reported to the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission that it has raised a staggering $312,000. More than $216,000 was received within the last week. Two of the top three funders, which each gave $25,000, are Dragados USA and Tutor Perini Corp.
Do these national companies sound familiar? They're the same corporations that recently combined to form Seattle Tunneling Partners, which won a $1.09 billion contract from the state to build the tunnel. Practically speaking, these companies are essentially taking money they are collecting from the state—from state taxpayers, specifically—and investing it in a campaign to secure their future profits.
Meanwhile, Microsoft, which has also supported widening the 520 bridge, gave $25,000. The Downtown Seattle Association, the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, and Equity Residential each gave $15,000. Let's Move Forward has been busted repeatedly using lies to advance its campaign.
Anti-tunnel campaign Protect Seattle Now—which lacks any stakeholders bankrolled by your tax money—has reported only $78,000, most of which the group spent to get the referendum on the ballot.