This Year's Initiatives, By the Numbers

By Erica C. Barnett June 13, 2011

[pullquote]The campaign opposing a ban on battery cages, meanwhile, has raised $339,856 from a total of just six contributors.[/pullquote]The campaigns for and against four statewide initiatives have raised a collective total of more than $2.2 million so far, and have spent a collective total of nearly $1.7 million, according to campaign finance reports.

By the numbers:

• The campaign for Initiative 1130, which would prohibit farmers from confining egg-laying hens in stacked cages that restrict their movement, has raised $542,058 so far. Of that total, $150,000 came from the Farm Sanctuary, an animal protection group, $300,000 came from the Humane Society, and $10,000 came from the Humane Farming Association. Their biggest expenditure so far has been almost $350,000 to PCI Consultants, a signature gathering firm.

• The campaign against I-1130, meanwhile, has raised $339,856 from a total of just six contributors: The National Food Corporation ($123,736), an egg company; Willamette Egg Farms ($93,326); Oakdell Egg Farms ($80,301); Valley Fresh Foods ($69,905), another egg company; the Northwest Poultry Council ($28,823); and J&D Fertilizers ($10,000). They've also received another $14,000 in in-kind contributions from Willamette Egg Farms and the National Food Corporation toward their legal expenses and campaign management.

• The campaign for Initiative 1125, which would (among other things) prohibit the state from spending toll revenues on anything other than the road or bridge they’re collected on, has raised a total of $681,321---$525,000 of that, as we reported last week, from Bellevue developer Kemper Freeman. The majority of the balance came from Eyman's previous campaigns, Voters Want More Choices and Help Us Help Taxpayers (funded largely by Eyman benefactor Michael Dunmire). They've spent $594,811, with most of that money ($440,000) going to Citizen Solutions, a paid signature gathering firm.

• The campaign for Initiative 1163, which would pay for background checks and training for home health care workers, has raised a total of $501,680, with $500,000 of that coming from the Service Employees International Union, which represents health care workers. They've spent $278,371, with $241,165 going to PCI Consultants for signature gathering.

• The campaign for Initiative 1183, which would privatize liquor sales in a way that benefits big-box stores, has raised $316,362, including $310,911 from Costco. They've spent all of that money in the form of in-kind contributions, including $180,000 to campaign consultants Winner & Mandabach, and $111,800 to polling firm Moore Information.
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