You might have thought that Sound Transit had already started its fall campaign to take $54 billion out of taxpayers’ wallets to expand light rail in a vote this November. After all, the agency bureaucrats are already the subjects of two separate campaign finance investigations for trying to help out the “yes” campaign for Regional Prop 1.
But, no, the campaign is just getting ready to “kickoff” according to the latest email from the official campaign being sent to email addresses obtained (potentially illegally) from government sources.
According to the email, the campaign Mass Transit Now is “a grassroots campaign powered by people just like you”, which would be true if you’re a person giving $20,000 or more to the campaign. As Seattle P-I columnist Joel Connelly recently pointed out, it’s those mega-donors (most of them will make money off of the light rail construction) who are “powering” the campaign.
But, to use Connelly’s words, inviting just the “whales” who gave big bucks to Sound Transit’s latest money-grab to the kickoff events would not be very media-worthy. So, the campaign needs to try and make the “minnows” seem important by inviting them, too.
Just another example of Sound Transit making things up when it suits its greedy purposes. Sort of like saying that the agency has ever built anything on time, and on budget.