Bill Gates and his family have an army of bodyguards but they don’t want you to be able to protect yourself and your family.
KPLU reported Wednesday that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda have contributed $25,000 apiece to the Initiative 594 campaign, joining a growing list of wealthy Seattle-area supporters of the 15-page gun control measure, as confirmed by Public Disclosure Commission documents obtained yesterday by Examiner and The GunMag.com.
Gates and his wife made the donations Oct. 29, according to filings with the PDC.
The PDC documents reveal a curious array of contributions from people who list their occupations as “retired” or “not employed” along with others whose occupations range from “venture capitalist” to “volunteer,” with attorneys, doctors, investors and other professionals, along with housewives and homemakers. Their contributions range upwards to the $165,000 donated by Nick Hanauer and the $50,000 from Lenore Hanauer. Many of the contributions were for $1,000 or more.
The overwhelming majority of contributors list their addresses in Seattle, with a smattering located in Medina, Woodinvile, Mercer Island, Sammamish, Kirkland, Shoreline, Bellevue, Normandy Park, Lake Forest Park and Issaquah.
KPLU said the donor list, which stretches to about 135 pages, “reads like a who’s who list.”
The total raised so far by the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility (WAGR) exceeds $1.2 million, of which more than $1.1 million has already been spent. About half that amount went to signature gathering. More than $145,000 has been paid for consulting.
On the other hand, Protect Our Gun Rights, the umbrella group pushing Initiative 591, the simple one-page measure that prohibits government gun confiscation without due process while mandating that background checks in Washington comply with a uniform national standard, has raised less than $700,000 and has not spent any of that on consulting fees.