Rolf Boone reports in The Olympian:
“Puget Sound Energy has taken Thurston Countys public-power initiative so seriously that it has contributed tens of thousands of dollars to the group aligned against Proposition 1, state Public Disclosure Commission data show.
If voters approve the initiative next week, they will give the Thurston Public Utility District, a water utility, the authority to pursue public electrical power.
The Alliance to Protect Thurston Power, which has blanketed the county with a direct-mail campaign urging a no vote on the issue, has raised nearly $540,000 in cash and in-kind contributions and spent $525,000, much of it on mailers and postage, PDC data show.
It was not immediately clear whether the fundraising total was a Thurston County record.
Puget Sound Energy has provided the bulk of those funds, including $325,000 in cash and $178,000 in in-kind contributions, such as consulting and other services. Private utilities such as Avista Corp. in Spokane, Portland General Electric and TransAlta of Olympia also have made cash contributions, totaling $15,000.
The Thurston Public Power Initiative, the grassroots effort that collected enough signatures to get Proposition 1 on the November ballot, has raised about $37,000, consisting of about $19,000 in cash, $9,000 in in-kind contributions and a $5,000 loan, the data show.”
Unfortunate this is just being revealed now, instead of the Yelm City Council’s Public Hearing and for voters who have already mailed in their ballots.