campaign finance http://kuow.org en How The Koch Brothers Raised $400 Million In Anonymous Campaign Funds http://kuow.org/post/how-koch-brothers-raised-400-million-anonymous-campaign-funds <p>Marcie Sillman talks with Washington Post reporter Matea Gold about the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/koch-backed-political-network-built-to-shield-donors-raised-400-million-in-2012-elections/2014/01/05/9e7cfd9a-719b-11e3-9389-09ef9944065e_story.html">Koch brothers involvement</a> in a complex network of political donors to avoid campaign finance laws. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 23:16:29 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Andy Hurst 26668 at http://kuow.org Attn. General Says I-522 Donor Violated Campaign Finance Laws http://kuow.org/post/attn-general-says-i-522-donor-violated-campaign-finance-laws <p>Steve Scher talks with Attorney General Bob Ferguson about the lawsuit that finds No on I-522 donor, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, in violation of campaign finance laws. Penalties are expected after the election is over. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 23:17:21 +0000 Steve Scher & Hannah Burn 23024 at http://kuow.org Attn. General Says I-522 Donor Violated Campaign Finance Laws Should Property Taxes Be Funding City Council Candidates? http://kuow.org/post/should-property-taxes-be-funding-city-council-candidates <p>This November voters in the city of Seattle will have a chance to decide whether or not City Council races should be publicly funded. Proposition 1 would create a program that funnels public money to candidates who decide to opt in to the program. To qualify, prospective candidates have to receive donations of at least $10 from 600 voters. If they do, they will receive six public dollars for every one dollar they raise up to $210,000 dollars. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 21:48:13 +0000 Marcie Sillman 22546 at http://kuow.org Should Property Taxes Be Funding City Council Candidates? Kitsap Senate Race Brings In $2M, Breaks State Record http://kuow.org/post/kitsap-senate-race-brings-2m-breaks-state-record <p></p><p>A California billionaire has pumped $400,000 into the race for a single seat in the Washington state senate. Out-of-state businesses and political groups have poured tens of thousands into the election as well. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 00:39:01 +0000 John Ryan 22218 at http://kuow.org Kitsap Senate Race Brings In $2M, Breaks State Record Opponents Of GMO Labeling Raise Record $17 Million http://kuow.org/post/opponents-gmo-labeling-raise-record-17-million <p>Opponents of genetic labels on food just got a $5 million boost. The donation from the Grocery Manufacturers Association sends the No on 522 campaign into the record books. More money is going against the genetic labeling initiative than against any other ballot measure in Washington history.</p><p>The No on 522 campaign has amassed a war chest of $17.2 million.</p><p>With its latest $5 million check, the Grocery Manufacturers Association rockets past agribusiness giant Monsanto Co. as the campaign&rsquo;s biggest donor.</p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 00:35:18 +0000 John Ryan 21346 at http://kuow.org Opponents Of GMO Labeling Raise Record $17 Million Washington Billionaires Staying Out Of State Politics This Year http://kuow.org/post/washington-billionaires-staying-out-state-politics-year <p></p><p>Nine men and one woman from Washington state made this year's list of American billionaires, recently <a href="http://www.forbes.com/forbes-400/#page:1_sort:0_direction:asc_search:_filter:All%20industries_filter:Washington_filter:All%20categories">updated</a> by Forbes magazine.</p><p>The group of 10 had an oversized influence on Washington state politics in 2012. But so far this year, the billionaires are mostly sitting on the sidelines. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 15:43:10 +0000 John Ryan 20744 at http://kuow.org GMO Labeling Backers Outspend Foes In Washington http://kuow.org/post/gmo-labeling-backers-outspend-foes-washington <p><em>Correction 8/22/13: A previous version of this story contained errors. It overstated the contributions received by the Yes on 522 campaign and the share of donations received from Washington state. The Yes campaign has amassed $3.5 (not 3.9) million, with 79 (not 71) percent of the funds coming from out of state. The nonprofit MapLight, based in Berkeley, Calif., informed us on Aug. 21 that it had double-counted some contributions, which led to the errors.</em></p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 00:51:18 +0000 John Ryan 18852 at http://kuow.org GMO Labeling Backers Outspend Foes In Washington City Councilmembers Push For Publicly Funded Elections http://kuow.org/post/city-councilmembers-push-publicly-funded-elections <p>The Seattle City Council is considering a proposal to publicly fund council campaigns through a new property tax levy.&nbsp; Supporters say using public funds strengthens our democracy by allowing candidates to focus on important issues, not just the issues of big donors. Opponents say public financing in other cities hasn’t made races more competitive or lessened the power of incumbents. Councilmember Mike O’Brien is sponsoring the public financing legislation and joins us today.</p><p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 17:24:14 +0000 the conversation with ross reynolds 14661 at http://kuow.org UPDATE: Starbucks Shareholders Want Ban On Political Contributions http://kuow.org/post/update-starbucks-shareholders-want-ban-political-contributions <p><em>Story last updated by Phyllis Fletcher on March 20, 2013 at 1:50 p.m.</em></p><p>Starbucks holds its annual shareholders’ meeting Wednesday in Seattle. On the agenda: a proposal from a group of investors that’s meant to limit the company’s involvement in elections.</p><p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 14:29:06 +0000 Deborah Wang & Phyllis Fletcher 10033 at http://kuow.org UPDATE: Starbucks Shareholders Want Ban On Political Contributions Election 2012: Where Did The Money Go? http://kuow.org/post/election-2012-where-did-money-go <p>The 2012 presidential race is in the history books as the most expensive campaign in American history. That is, at least until 2016. The Obama and Romney campaigns spent an estimated $1 billion each on the race. What did all that money accomplish? Bill Allison of the <a href="http://sunlightfoundation.com">Sunlight Foundation</a> has some insight.</p><p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 18:00:00 +0000 Steve Scher 3224 at http://kuow.org Election 2012: Where Did The Money Go? Campaign Cash Maps Show Cracks In Washington's Cascade Curtain http://kuow.org/post/campaign-cash-maps-show-cracks-washingtons-cascade-curtain <p>You may have seen maps of the United States divided into red and blue, based on whether Republicans or Democrats got the most votes in each area. What would it look like to map how campaign contributors vote with their dollars?</p><p>The first map below does just that for Washington state. It follows the money to show how each ZIP code in the state has voted with its collective pocketbook in this year’s federal elections. Have people in that ZIP code contributed more money to Democratic (blue) or Republican (red) efforts?</p> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 17:44:44 +0000 John Ryan 3020 at http://kuow.org Campaign Cash Maps Show Cracks In Washington's Cascade Curtain Political Donations From 3 Big Washington Employers Favor GOP http://kuow.org/post/political-donations-3-big-washington-employers-favor-gop <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Businesses have poured millions of dollars into political contributions this election season. But you may be surprised to learn that in Democratic-leaning Washington, the state’s three largest employers tend to favor Republican candidates.</p><p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 15:58:20 +0000 Deborah Wang & John Ryan 2664 at http://kuow.org Political Donations From 3 Big Washington Employers Favor GOP 10 Donors Funded 91 Percent Of Charter Schools Campaign http://kuow.org/post/10-donors-funded-91-percent-charter-schools-campaign <p>The campaign to bring charter schools to Washington state has now raised more cash than any other measure on the ballot.&nbsp;Donors have contributed more than $8.9 million to the <a href="http://yeson1240.com/">Yes on 1240</a> campaign. Of that, 91 percent came from just ten people, according to the <a href="http://www.pdc.wa.gov/MvcQuerySystem/CommitteeData/contributions?param=WUVTIFdDIDUwNw====&amp;year=2012&amp;type=initiative">Public Disclosure Commission</a> website.</p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 00:54:55 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 1868 at http://kuow.org 10 Donors Funded 91 Percent Of Charter Schools Campaign