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THE ANTI-WORKER MONEY BACKING STEVE LITZOW (R)

The more you know about who’s spending money to support a candidate, the more you know about what to expect from them.

Who’s backing Steve Litzow (R) for the State Senate in the 41st Legislative District  (Bellevue, Mercer Island) — and what’s their agenda?


The more you know about who’s spending money to support a candidate, the more you know about what to expect from them.

So voters in the 41st Legislative District (Bellevue, Mercer Island) should know that the same anti-worker groups that are opposing Initiative 1433 to raise the minimum wage and the political funds they back have invested $698,803 to get Steve Litzow elected to the State Senate.


STEVE LITZOW (R)

Candidate for State Senate, 41st Legislative District

 

$698,803 BEHIND LITZOW FROM OPPONENTS OF INITIATIVE 1433 AND THE POLITICAL FUNDS THEY BACK.

The anti-workers rights groups that are opposing Initiative 1433 to raise the minimum wage and the political funds they back are investing big bucks to get Steve Litzow elected to the State Legislature.

Litzow’s backers include:

  • $2,000 from the Washington Retail Association, the lobby group for Walmart, Target, 7-11, and other national retail chains. They have officially opposed Initiative 1433 to raise the minimum wage and provide paid sick days.
  • $1,000 from the political fund called the “Leadership Council,” which exists to support Washington State Senate Republicans who have refused to hold votes on bills to raise the minimum wage and provide paid sick days. The State Republican Party as a whole has officially opposed Initiative 1433.
  • $1,000 from the “MacPAC,” the political action committee funded by McDonald’s operators in the state.
  • $1,000 from the Association of Washington Businessthe lobby group for Boeing, Wells Fargo, Alaska Airlines, BNSF Railroad, and other anti-worker big business in the state. They have repeatedly opposed proposals to raise the minimum wage and provide paid sick days, including Initiative 1433.
  • $1,000 from the Washington Bankers Association, the lobby group for big financial interests like Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase. They have officially opposed Initiative 1433 to raise the minimum wage and provide paid sick days.
  • $1,000 from the Washington Farm Bureau, which lobbies on behalf of agribusiness. They have officially opposed Initiative 1433 to raise the minimum wage and provide paid sick days, and have also opposed overtime rules and opposed health & safety protections for agricultural workers.
  • $2,000 from the Washington Food Industry Association, a lobby group for the grocery industry. They have officially opposed Initiative 1433 to raise the minimum wage and provide paid sick days.
  • $1,950 from the Washington Restaurant and Lodging Association, the lobby group for McDonald’s, Starbucks, Holiday Inn, and other chain hotels & restaurants. They have officially opposed Initiative 1433 to raise the minimum wage and provide paid sick days.
  • $337,011 from the political fund called ”Working Families — one of the most cynical names in politics. Their money comes exclusively from a group called the Leadership Council which exists to support Washington State Senate Republicans, who have opposed votes on raising the minimum wage. Their funding in turn comes from many of the same anti-worker rights groups that are opposing Initiative 1433.
  • $316,742 from the political fund called “Enterprise Washington,” which describes itself as dedicated to maximizing the “return on political investment” for their big business funders. They are funded by corporations like Walmart and many of the same anti-worker rights groups that are opposing Initiative 1433.

Note: Dollar amounts as of 11/4/2016.


LISA WELLMAN (D)

Candidate for State House
26th Legislative District

 

$0 BEHIND WELLMAN FROM OPPONENTS OF INITIATIVE 1433 AND THE POLITICAL FUNDS THEY BACK.

The anti-workers rights groups that are opposing Initiative 1433 to raise the minimum wage and the political funds they back have not invested in Lisa Wellman’s race for the State Legislature. 

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What’s their agenda?

These anti-workers rights groups and the political funds they back wouldn’t just throw their money away, so you have to assume they’re only spending this much money if they have a good reason to support their favored candidate.

We don’t know what the candidate told these groups before securing their support, independent expenditures cannot be directly coordinated with candidates, and there’s no way for anyone to really be sure what any candidate will do if elected. But we do know that the state’s leading opponents of Initiative 1433 and the political funds they back have decided that this race is a good electoral investment for them.

Click through for more information about the groups opposing Initiative 1433 and the other anti-workers rights political funds spending big in this year’s elections.