Contribution of the Day

By Erica C. Barnett June 26, 2009

From the latest campaign filings:

Sally Bagshaw, candidate for Position 4 (the council seat being vacated by Jan Drago) received a $250 contribution yesterday from Bruce Agnew, policy director of the Discovery Institute's Cascadia Center, the group's anti-light rail transporation policy arm.

The Discovery Institute is best known for advocating the teaching of "intelligent design" (i.e. Creationism Lite) instead of evolution in public-school science classes. Agnew's check yesterday brings his total contribution to Bagshaw to $400. In Seattle races, Agnew has also contributed to Position 8 candidate Jordan Royer ($100) and Mayor Greg Nickels ($200).

Bagshaw says she's known Agnew for years; both were involved in the "Waterfront for All" campaign, which advocated for a tunnel to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct on the downtown waterfront. "Bruce is all about reconnecting the waterfront with the neighborhoods," Bagshaw says. "He was great at finding transportation alternatives" during the waterfront discussions. Bagshaw hypes her liberal credentials, noting that she's been endorsed by the Associated General Contractors, the Northwest Carpenters, and several union locals.
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