There's an interesting search widget up at the website of the San Francisco Chronicle. It allows curious readers to look up donors to the campaigns for and against California's Prop 8. You can look people up by name, by zip code, or by state. I was gratified to see that Washington state donors to the "No on 8" campaign (737) outnumbered donors to the "Yes on 8" campaign (99) by more than seven to one. But some ridiculously large checks from local "Yes" donors swamped the generally smaller checks written by local "No" donors.
Now let's meet some of Washington state's "Yes on 8" donors.
Deborah Bell of Bingen, Washington, does engineering and land surveying for Bell Design Company. She donated $2,500 to "Yes on 8."
Craig Morley of Saint George donated $5,000 to "Yes on 8" campaign. Mr. Morley is an appraiser for Morley & McConkie, LLC. Here's hoping Mr. Morley doesn't miss the 5K, what with the real estate-bubble bursting and all.
Bryant L. Adams of Tumwater donated $5,000 to the "Yes on 8." A Bryant L. Adams is listed as the president of HEAL, "a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity research corporation funded totally by public donations" that is looking into "cancer prevention and cure by using new methods involving natural products." Gays and lesbians and supporters of fairness who want to help fund the fight against cancer might want to direct their donations to other charities.
Lin Whatcott of Maple Valley is an accountant for DaVita, which "provides dialysis services for those diagnosed with chronic kidney failure." Ms. Whatcott made two donations to "Yes on 8." A $10,005 donation on October 18, and a $9,995 donation on September 16. Ms. Whatcott was also made the maximum possible personal donation to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign.
Donald Pugh of Bellevue donated $50,000 to the "Yes on 8" campaign. According to the records submitted to the Califorinia Secretary of State's office by the "Yes on 8" campaign, Mr. Pugh is a consultant with Thermo King Northwest. Gays and lesbians and supporters of fairness might want to get their thermo consulting done elsewhere.
The biggest local donor to "Yes on 8" was Mike Murray of Redmond. Mr. Murray is a former Microsoft exec who retired in his early 40s so that he might "commit his time to humanitarian causes." Mr. Murray lists his employer as the "Crystal Springs Foundation," a charity that he founded (their website appears to be defunct). Mr. Murray donated a whopping $100,000 to "Yes on 8."
The SF Chronicle's search widget is here. I only looked up donors who gave $2,500 or more. Feel free to do a little poking around yourselves, Sloggers.