Paul Allen, Nick Hanauer pledge $1 million each to gun control initiative
They're not the biggest political contributions in the state's history, but they're up there.
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen says he has written a million-dollar check for a gun-control initiative.
And Seattle venture capitalist Nick Hanauer says he's doing the same.
The proposed ballot measure would raise the minimum age, as well as require safety training and background checks, to buy a military-style rifle in Washington state.
Other billionaires and businesses have spent more heavily to influence Washington voters.
The biggest single pulse of money into a Washington state election came seven years ago, when Costco wrote a check for nearly $9 million in its successful push to privatize liquor sales.