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Charter school supporters raise $5M in six weeks

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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 so far. 

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.