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Bill and Melinda Gates have donated another $500,000 ($250,000 each) to Washington United for Marriage, the group (well one of the groups) working to pass marriage equality in Washington.  This is on top of the $100,000 they gave earlier this year.  The pro-marriage side has now raised over $11 million, as opposed to the $2 million for the haters.

Still not as much as one of our other local billionaires (Amazon's Jeff Bezo's donated $2.5 million), but this is a great infusion of money for the last two weeks of the election season.

Not much else to say, but thanks Bill and Melinda!  Way to be on the right side of history.

More details here.

Update: And we're going to win this.  From a poll four days ago by the University of Washington:

Raw results show that Washington registered voters favor passage of the measure by a startling 56.3 percent to 35.6 percent margin. It is a closer 54.1 percent to 38.4 percent margin among likely voters (who tend as a group to be older).

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  •  Bloomberg donated a half mil too, (8+ / 0-)

    here and in other states where marriage equality is on the ballot.

    "I was a big supporter of waterboarding" - Dick Cheney 2/14/10

    by Bob Love on Tue Oct 23, 2012 at 11:11:04 PM PDT

  •  Tough to hate Bill Gates when he does this stuff (9+ / 0-)

    For years I have hated the way Gates/Microsoft built and maintained their virtual operating system monopoly. I hated almost every windows release after Windows XP. I don't like Word or Internet Explorer or their Media player. Haven't had a virus for years, but when I did get them I'd blame Gates and the security flaw in Windows that let some bastards screw with my machine.

    Having said all that, it is impossible to hate him when he stands up like this. Good on him and Melinda.

    •  If I Had Billions Or Millions To Give Away (15+ / 0-)

      I think I might do something similar to what Bill has done.

      I recall seeing the lady that runs his charity. She said it would be easy to throw billions at the problems in Africa. Feel good about yourself. This was a meme on West Wing. It is often almost impossible to get aid to a place that doesn't have fucking roads.

      So you first need to build said roads ...

      And Gates as far as I can tell is trying to do this.

      When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

      by webranding on Tue Oct 23, 2012 at 11:21:34 PM PDT

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    •  I think we have a love/hate relationship with them (11+ / 0-)

      When people visit from out of town we always enjoy pointing out Boeing (even though they are headquartered in Chicago now), Starbucks, Microsoft, and Amazon but at the same time they are just too big and too impersonal to really feel like they are "local".  But I am grateful that they are not like the Koch brothers and seem to actually care about the people around them, and that they can actually do good with their money.  

      •  In My Little Rural Town (2+ / 0-)
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        Boeing just opened a place, 180 jobs. I hate the defense department, but alas they offer really good jobs by me.

        When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

        by webranding on Tue Oct 23, 2012 at 11:39:37 PM PDT

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      •  My neighbors both work for MSFT. (7+ / 0-)

        It feels plenty "local" to me.  I feel that way about Costco, REI, SBUX and Amazon too. And even Google is starting to feel local-ish with its approx 850 employees and several locations.

        I dunno. I just know where my friends and neighbors work. I know that their companies treat them very well.  I know that they give back to the community. I don't think I've ever gone to any morning charity event where there wasn't SBUX coffee being provided free by the company. They're invested in us.

        Are they perfect? No. But they're corporations. They're doing much better than most others (although Google's stalking policy bugs me to no end).

        I'm glad to have them as my neighbors and I'm glad to support them as local companies even when I spend part of my time out of state.

        © grover

        So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

        by grover on Wed Oct 24, 2012 at 12:02:21 AM PDT

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        •  Yep (3+ / 0-)
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          They're corporations. Big ones.

          But they're not the ones who killed the economy - they're among the ones who grew it, and who kept it going through the recession.

          They support mostly-progressive social policy - they don't allow that to be subsumed by their economic interests, because their economic interests are aligned with progressive social policy. And that's at least partly by design.

          And aside from Amazon, they mostly treat their employees far, far better than is the norm in this country (and even Amazon does OK by its midlevel employees).

          I'm not a fanboy for any of them by any means. They al lhave their issues. Most organizations do. But on the whole, they're good neighbours and I'm proud to live in Seattle in part because of the city's successful big-technology sector. This city is proof that business can successfully coexist and even thrive alongside progressive social and environmental policy.

          These companies view their liberal, GLBT-friendly, environmentalist, educated, Northwestern workers, contractors, and future applicants as assets. Assets they value so much that they're willing to spend millions to support us. That's something the rest of the country needs to hear more about.

          "Let’s just move on, treat everybody with firmness, fairness, dignity, compassion and respect. Let’s be Marines." - Sgt. Maj Michael Barrett on DADT repeal

          by kyril on Wed Oct 24, 2012 at 04:51:16 AM PDT

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        •  Google doesn't bother me (0+ / 0-)

          They are doing what the Internet and connected devices was moving towards, anyway.

          At least we can find out what they are up to more easily than, say, governmental agencies and debate it in public.

          "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

          by wader on Wed Oct 24, 2012 at 06:01:15 AM PDT

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      •  Plus it turns out (1+ / 0-)
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        Bill Gates has a wicked sense of humour.  At one TED event he started talking about malaria, then: "Malaria, of course, is transmitted by mosquitoes.  I brought some here so you could experience this." He opens a jar.  "Let those roam around the auditorium a little bit. There's no reason only poor people should have the experience." (pause) "These mosquitoes aren't infected."

    •  There Will Be A Time (5+ / 0-)

      in like 15+ years when my parents pass away. At that time I will inherit more money then I can spend in a few lifetimes. You know I don't like to think about it. But I've written about it here a few times.

      The question is almost always the same. What will I do with that money?

      I think what I believe is true. I might buy a few "nice" things for me. I mean I can see myself in an Audi A8. But short of that, I expect to give it all away. I don't need the darn money.


      When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

      by webranding on Tue Oct 23, 2012 at 11:35:22 PM PDT

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      •  It's nice to hear (5+ / 0-)

        people who talk about how they can do good with their money rather than how they can acquire more stuff, or make more money.

        Good on ya.

        •  Please Don't Laugh (5+ / 0-)

          There was a time where I was flown into a city and told I was rich. I was asked what I'd do with all the money. I said I'd head to REI and buy a few things, travel the world. Give the rest of it away. That wasn't what my parents wanted to hear. And to be honest, I wasn't that close with them at the time. Now they are my best friends.

          As a hippie liberal I seem to be rubbing off on them. They are starting to give away the money on their own. My mom to females causes.

          When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

          by webranding on Tue Oct 23, 2012 at 11:47:32 PM PDT

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      •  Better Idea: A Hybrid with a Driver (1+ / 0-)
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        Here's a suggestion when you come into some money:

        1. Test drive an Audi A8. Or fly to Germany, rent one, and drive through the countryside for a week or three.

        2. When you get back home, buy a Chevy Nova or a Ford Fusion Energi (plug-in hybrids).

        3. With the significant amount of money you save, hire a driver and pay him or her a good middle class wage with Social Security and Obamacare.

        4. Enjoy life a lot more -- and make life a lot more enjoyable for others -- for essentially the same price. Have a beer with dinner if you want, catch some sleep, post a message to DailyKos from your mobile phone, carry on a real conversation with a loved one, relax at home while a daughter gets to soccer practice, etc., etc.

  •  Scared me with that Diary Title (2+ / 0-)
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    Seriously thought Bill and Melinda donated to Anti-Gay Groups which would have been weird in the first place.

  •  Is there any major Seattle area Company (5+ / 0-)

    that has not endorsed 74???

    I do not think so.

    I love the State of Washington...... the people are wonderful!!

    "Proud to proclaim: I am a Bleeding Heart Liberal"

    by sara seattle on Wed Oct 24, 2012 at 12:18:46 AM PDT

  •  Bill should throw a few mil to Obama's superPAC (1+ / 0-)
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    "If they're shooting at you, you know you must be doing something right"

    by ayjaymay on Wed Oct 24, 2012 at 12:50:32 AM PDT

  •  Melinda is a Catholic too (1+ / 0-)
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    Or so I read not too long ago.  A practicing one.  Ironic given the Catholic church's staunch opposition to equality even in Washington state.

  •  i don't like calling our side "pro-marriage" (1+ / 0-)
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    although it may seem like good framing. I'm not pro-marriage, I'm pro-equality.

    "Okay, until next time. Keep sending me your questions, and I will make fun of you... I mean, answer them." - Strong Bad

    by AaronInSanDiego on Wed Oct 24, 2012 at 04:42:54 AM PDT

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