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Give wisely, Reed and McKenna say

OLYMPIA — The state’s naughty and nice list for charities and fund-raisers is out today, and state officials are suggesting that people be careful as well as generous this holiday season.

About $1.4 billion was donated to charities in the last year, but about $400 million of that didn’t go to the charity and instead went into overhead, administration or fund-raising costs.

The amount that actually goes to charitable work varies widely, and the state puts together a report each year on how much is spend on non charitable works by commercial fundraisers.

How widely? At the top of the list is Geen Point Call Center Services, Inc., which turns over 98 percent of what it raises to its charity clients.

At the bottom is DialogueDirect, Inc., has a negative percentage of -122 percent, meaning it actually costs charities more than they receive.

An executive summary of the report can be found here. The full list can be found here.

The top donors to initiative campaigns (so far)

Here are the Top 25 donors to Washington state initiative campaigns:

$14,427,750   AMERICAN BEVERAGE ASSOCIATION, WASHINGTON, DC For I-1107
 $2,000,000   NATIONAL BEER WHOLESALERS ASSN, ALEXANDRIA, VA Against I-1100&1105
 $1,219,500    YOUNG’S MARKET COMPANY LLC, LOS ANGELES For I-1105
 $1,196,033    COSTCO, ISSAQUAH For I-1100
$1,024,500    ODOM SOUTHERN HOLDINGS LLC,  BELLEVUE For I-1105
$1,000,000    WA BEER & WINE WHOLESALERS ASSN PAC, TACOMA Against I-1100&1105
$1,000,000    BEER INSTITUTE, WASHINGTON, DC Against I-1100& 1105
   $522,502    UFCW LOCAL 21, SEATTLE Against I-1100&1105
   $507,597    BUILDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION OF WASHINGTON, OLYMPIA For I-1082
   $500,000   GATES WILLIAM H., SEATTLE For I-1098
   $416,000    SEIU WASHINGTON STATE COUNCIL, SEATTLE For I-1098 & Against I-1107
   $305,000    LIBERTY MUTUAL GROUP, DOVER, NH For I-1082
   $267,511    SEIU HEALTHCARE 775 NW, FEDERAL WAY For I-1098
   $200,000    WA FEDERATION OF STATE EMPLOYEES, OLYMPIA For I-1098, Against I-1082
   $200,000    WYCKOFF ANN P., SEATTLE For I-1098
   $200,000    SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION, WASHINGTON, DC, For I-1098
   $124,000    WASHINGTON STATE ASSOCIATION FOR JUSTICE, SEATTLE Against I-1082
   $105,000    BARER JOSEPH, SEATTLE Against I1098
   $100,000    DON’T INVEST IN MORE EXCUSES PAC, SEATTLE Against I-1082
   $100,000    MARLER CLARK LLP, SEATTLE For I-1098
   $100,000    AEROSPACE MACHINISTS INDUSTRIAL Dist. 75, SEATTLE Against I-1082
   $100,000    RUNSTAD JON, SEATTLE, Against I-1098
   $100,000    STOP INSURANCE INDUSTRY TAKEOVERS, SEATTLE, Against I-1082
   $100,000    WA STATE COUNCIL OF COUNTY & CITY EMPLOYEES PAC,  EVERETT For I-1098
   $100,000    NORDSTROM JOHN, SEATTLE, Against I-1098

For the Top 10 Spokane area donors, go inside the blog.

The big wallets in the initiative campaigns

OLYMPIA — The first ballot initiative turned in its petitions today, which may be the first of about a half dozen that will be rolling in to the Secretary of State’s office between now and July 2.

Initiative 1100 collected about 390,000 signatures in 27 days, which is pretty remarkable by historic standards. Not a record, to be sure, but remarkable, considering the averaged more than 14,400 per day or 600 per hour or 10 per minute (and that’s only if they were gathering round the clock, and obviously they weren’t because Costco, a key location for their collection, has to close some time.)

Other campaigns may have similar numbers, proving that sponsors will be able to wait until late into the spring before starting a petition drive if…

…if they have enough money to pay people to gather signatures. Some people will argue that’s not what the Progressives intended when they added the initiative to the state Constitution, but that’s an argument for another day.

The point is, money is flowing into the initiative campaigns, mainly from corporations, industry association and unions who stand to gain or lose if voters pass these initiatives. Already there is one seven-figure donor and 10 six figure donors to the initiative campaigns.

For a list of the top donors, go inside the blog

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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