Steve and Connie Ballmer’s political contributions

I downloaded from the state Public Disclosure Commission a database listing contributions to political campaigns and initiatives. The database is for direct contributions to candidates and initiative campaigns. It excludes independent expenditures. So the data shown below are incomplete, but still, I hope, enlightening.

You can see in the table below that the Ballmers donated a lot of money to support gun control and to support charter schools. Stand for Children is a charter school promoter. (Part of the aim of the charter school movement is to destroy public education by “monetizing” it, in order to enrich entrepreneurs.)

Integrity WA appears to be the same things as Rodney Tom’s Judicial Integrity WA PAC, whose 2016 donations are listed here on the PDC website. That PAC and a similar one, Judicial Integrity Washington, are funded by rich Washingtonians including Kemper Freeman. See this article, which also discusses Citizens for Working Courts, which was funded by the Ballemers, Paul Allen and Bill Gates.

You can below that most of the Ballmers’ contributions to individual candidates were to Democrats: the middle-of-the-road (“Road Kill”) Democrats who supported charter schools. Perhaps the Ballmers knew that the Republicans were already on their side, so there was no need to give money to them.

Interesting that the only Republican supported was Steve Litzow, whose charter school bill passed in 2016 with help from the Road Kill Democrats.

FILER_NAME FIRST_NAME LAST_NAME AMOUNT CONTRIBUTOR_NAME OFFICE LEGISLATIVE_DISTRICT PARTY BALLOT_NUMBER FOR_OR_AGAINST
ALLIANCE FOR GUN RESPONSIBILITY ERP COMM ALLIANCE FOR GUN RESPONSIBILITY ERP COMM 500,000.0 BALLMER STEVEN 1491 For
STAND FOR CHILDREN WA PAC STAND FOR CHILDREN WA PAC 500,000.0 BALLMER CONNIE
INTEGRITY WA INTEGRITY WA 250,000.0 BALLMER CONNIE 1464 For
INTEGRITY WA INTEGRITY WA 250,000.0 BALLMER CONNIE 1464 For
WA CHARTERS ACTION PAC WA CHARTERS ACTION PAC 125,000.0 BALLMER CONNIE
WA CHARTERS ACTION PAC WA CHARTERS ACTION PAC 125,000.0 BALLMER STEVE
CHILDRENS CAMPAIGN FUND CHILDRENS CAMPAIGN FUND 85,000.0 BALLMER CONNIE E
CHILDRENS CAMPAIGN FUND CHILDRENS CAMPAIGN FUND 85,000.0 BALLMER STEVEN A
CIT FOR WORKING COURTS ENTERPRISE WA CIT FOR WORKING COURTS ENTERPRISE WA 12,500.0 BALLMER CONNIE
CIT FOR WORKING COURTS ENTERPRISE WA CIT FOR WORKING COURTS ENTERPRISE WA 12,500.0 BALLMER STEVEN
WA ALLIANCE FOR GUN RESPONSIBILITY VICTORY FUND WA ALLIANCE FOR GUN RESPONSIBILITY VICTORY FUND 12,500.0 BALLMER STEVEN
WA ALLIANCE FOR GUN RESPONSIBILITY VICTORY FUND WA ALLIANCE FOR GUN RESPONSIBILITY VICTORY FUND 12,500.0 BALLMER CONNIE
CIT FOR PROGRESS ENTERPRISE WA CIT FOR PROGRESS ENTERPRISE WA 12,500.0 BALLMER CONNIE
YES FOR VETS AND HUMAN SERVICES YES FOR VETS AND HUMAN SERVICES 12,500.0 BALLMER CONNIE 1 For
YES FOR VETS AND HUMAN SERVICES YES FOR VETS AND HUMAN SERVICES 12,500.0 BALLMER STEVEN 1 For
CIT FOR PROGRESS ENTERPRISE WA CIT FOR PROGRESS ENTERPRISE WA 12,500.0 BALLMER STEVEN
INSLEE JAY R JAY INSLEE 2000.0 BALLMER CONNIE E GOVERNOR DEMOCRAT
CHILDRENS CAMPAIGN FUND CHILDRENS CAMPAIGN FUND 1250.0 BALLMER STEVEN A
CHILDRENS CAMPAIGN FUND CHILDRENS CAMPAIGN FUND 1250.0 BALLMER CONNIE
SULLIVAN PATRICK J PATRICK SULLIVAN 1000.0 BALLMER STEVE STATE REPRESENTATIVE 47 DEMOCRAT
MORRIS JEFFREY R JEFFREY MORRIS 1000.0 BALLMER CONNIE STATE REPRESENTATIVE 40 DEMOCRAT
MORRIS JEFFREY R JEFFREY MORRIS 1000.0 BALLMER STEVEN A STATE REPRESENTATIVE 40 DEMOCRAT
SPRINGER LAWRENCE S LAWRENCE SPRINGER 1000.0 BALLMER STEVE STATE REPRESENTATIVE 45 DEMOCRAT
MULLET MARK D MARK MULLET 1000.0 BALLMER CONNIE STATE SENATOR 05 DEMOCRAT
SAWYER DAVID J DAVID SAWYER 1000.0 BALLMER STEVE STATE REPRESENTATIVE 29 DEMOCRAT
SAWYER DAVID J DAVID SAWYER 1000.0 BALLMER CONNIE STATE REPRESENTATIVE 29 DEMOCRAT
TOM RODNEY RODNEY TOM 1000.0 BALLMER STEVEN STATE SENATOR 48 DEMOCRAT
TOM RODNEY RODNEY TOM 1000.0 BALLMER CONNIE STATE SENATOR 48 DEMOCRAT
SULLIVAN PATRICK J PATRICK SULLIVAN 1000.0 BALLMER CONNIE E STATE REPRESENTATIVE 47 DEMOCRAT
LITZOW STEPHEN R STEPHEN LITZOW 1000.0 BALLMER STEVEN A STATE SENATOR 41 REPUBLICAN
HOBBS STEVEN R STEVEN HOBBS 1000.0 BALLMER CONNIE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR DEMOCRAT
KAGI RUTH LECOCQ RUTH LECOCQ KAGI 1000.0 BALLMER CONNIE STATE REPRESENTATIVE 32 DEMOCRAT
LYTTON KRISTINE C KRISTINE LYTTON 1000.0 BALLMER STEVEN A STATE REPRESENTATIVE 40 DEMOCRAT
LYTTON KRISTINE C KRISTINE LYTTON 1000.0 BALLMER CONNIE E STATE REPRESENTATIVE 40 DEMOCRAT
SENN TANA D TANA SENN 1000.0 BALLMER CONNIE STATE REPRESENTATIVE 41 DEMOCRAT
KAGI RUTH LECOCQ RUTH LECOCQ KAGI 1000.0 BALLMER CONNIE STATE REPRESENTATIVE 32 DEMOCRAT
MULLET MARK D MARK MULLET 1000.0 BALLMER STEVEN STATE SENATOR 05 DEMOCRAT
LITZOW STEPHEN R STEPHEN LITZOW 1000.0 BALLMER CONNIE E STATE SENATOR 41 REPUBLICAN
CLIBBORN JUDITH R JUDITH CLIBBORN 1000.0 BALLMER CONNIE E STATE REPRESENTATIVE 41 DEMOCRAT
CLIBBORN JUDITH R JUDITH CLIBBORN 1000.0 BALLMER STEVEN A STATE REPRESENTATIVE 41 DEMOCRAT
HOBBS STEVEN R STEVEN HOBBS 1000.0 BALLMER STEVEN LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR DEMOCRAT
SPRINGER LAWRENCE S LAWRENCE SPRINGER 1000.0 BALLMER CONNIE E STATE REPRESENTATIVE 45 DEMOCRAT
PETTIGREW ERIC ERIC PETTIGREW 1000.0 BALLMER STEVEN A STATE REPRESENTATIVE 37 DEMOCRAT
PETTIGREW ERIC ERIC PETTIGREW 1000.0 BALLMER CONNIE STATE REPRESENTATIVE 37 DEMOCRAT
HABIB CYRUS CYRUS HABIB 950.0 BALLMER CONNIE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR DEMOCRAT
HABIB CYRUS CYRUS HABIB 950.0 BALLMER STEVEN LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR DEMOCRAT
PODLODOWSKI TINA M TINA PODLODOWSKI 500.0 BALLMER STEVEN SECRETARY OF STATE DEMOCRAT
PODLODOWSKI TINA M TINA PODLODOWSKI 500.0 BALLMER CONNIE SECRETARY OF STATE DEMOCRAT
CORNELL ADAM W ADAM CORNELL 500.0 BALLMER CONNIE COUNTY PROSECUTOR DEMOCRAT

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