SEATTLE, Wash.- The
campaign to bring charter schools to Washington raised nearly $5 million in
cash contributions during the past six weeks.
According to filings
posted with the Public Disclosure Commission, donations to Yes on 1240 include
another $2 million from Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.
The filing doesn't
include a pledge of $1.5 million from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.
The committee advocating
for the charter schools initiative has raised a total of $9.4 million in cash
Two groups are working to defeat the initiative. The Public Disclosure
Commission reports People for Our Public Schools has raised about $280,000 in
cash, most of it within the past six weeks. Another group, No on 1240, has
raised about $9,000 in cash.