Follow the Money: Car Dealers against Transit

Northwest Motorsports gave $2,000 against Pierce Transit Prop 1TRUCKS, TRUCKS, AND MORE TRUCKSThe anti-transit No on Prop 1 campaign is being largely funded by a parade of auto dealers, the chairman of a private transportation contracting company, and a man who has given more than $2,500 to the Republican Party and Republican Congressman Dave Reichert since 2008.This information was gleaned from recent reporting to the Public Disclosure Commission, which has for the last 40 years tracked and published where the money for campaigns comes from and where it is spent in the State of Washington.  Sources for information are cited below individual names. If you’d like to see the report for yourselves, it is available here.What interests do these people and businesses represent? I could provide political analysis of this information, but instead, I encourage you to take a look at the list to draw your own conclusions.The list below is of contributions made to "No on Prop 1- Pierce Transit," which were reported by Friday, October 12, 2012, that were in excess of $200.Auto Dealers: $14,850Chevrolet of Puyallup - $5,000Northwest Motorsports (Puyallup) - $2,000Larson Automotive Group - $1,500Honda of Fife - $1,000Kia of Puyallup - $1,000Korum Ford Puyallup - $1,000Korum Nissan Puyallup - $1,000Toyota of Puyallup - $1,000Milam Mazda (Puyallup) - $600Ron Loper (South Tacoma Honda - Managing Partner) - $500Gary Gilchrist (Gilchrist Buick GMC) - $250Large Personal Donations: $4,800Jon Monson (Gig Harbor) - $2,400Chairman of the Board for MV Transportation - Private Transit Company (fixed route and paratransit) Fisher (Tacoma) - $2,400Has contributed $2,500 to Republican Dave Reichert, $250 to Washington State Republican Party more

by Tacoma Transit Oct. 13, 2012 at 10:00am