Campaign News

Hello carbon tax friends: We had a good May (details below, plus new members of the 250 Club) and are looking forward to an even better June because of millions of signature-gathering opportunities for volunteers plus our signature-gathering job posting aimed at high school or college students looking for a summer job working on carbon taxes! 

May totals: 18,500 signatures and $27,800 (!!!)

In May we more than doubled our signature-gathering, from 8,600 in April to 18,500 in May, for a grand total-to-date of over 27,000! That’s great work, and now we need to keep building in order to get the 315,000 signatures we need to get on the ballot. Fortunately, summer is here, and with it lots of good signature gathering opportunities because of people lounging outdoors and attending great events. Details below!

In May we also stayed on-track with fundraising, roughly matching the $28,000 we raised in April. Our monthly expenses, by the way, are about the same as our fundraising—actually a little less for May—so we continue to have a 3-month cushion in the bank. (All of our financial details can be found in our PDC reports that are due by the 10th of each month.) More importantly, thanks to everyone who’s made a donation or hosted a house party, and holler if you’d like to help in the months ahead!

June opportunities

We’ve added a Vashon Island chapter! That brings our total to 24 chapters around the state, so wherever you are there’s almost certain to be a fun and easy way for you to get involved!

You can also make a signature pledge for June. A pledge of any size will help, and in addition to gathering signatures from friends and neighbors there are tons of events that will be great: Check the calendars… and here’s an RSVP form for Seattle events.

And if you’re a high school or college student or otherwise looking for a summer job working on carbon taxes, we’re hiring a limited number of signature-gatherers so please check the job posting ASAP. We are finalizing a significant financial contribution to fund signature-gathering specifically in Eastern Washington, so folks in Spokane, Yakima, Ellensburg, Walla Walla, Tri-Cities, etc. are especially encouraged to apply!

250 Club update

Congratulations to our new members of the 250 Club (and please contact us if you don’t already have your CarbonWA t-shirt!): Six members of Climate Action Bainbridge (Cheryl Hunter, Gerlind Jenkner, Mary Clare Kersten, Herb Hethcote, Brian Anderson, and Erika Shriner), four supporters in Olympia (Thad Curtz, Penny P., Savvy, and Susan Sunshine), three supporters from Bellingham (Ben Larson, Dave Hopkinson, and staffer David Jackman), two supporters from east King County (Louise Stonington and staffer Jason Puracal), Chom Greacen from the San Juan Islands, and campaign co-director Duncan Clauson.

Double congratulations to folks who have hit 500 signatures: Mike Massa, Seattle staffers Ben Silesky and Laurel Wolf, campaign co-director Kyle Murphy, and yours truly.

Quadruple congratulations to Ben Pfeiffer for giving Bob Jeffers-Schroeder some company in the 1,000-signature club!

And fabulous honorable mentions to others who gathered 100 signatures in May: Kyle C., David Chapin, Chris Diehl, David Foutch, Larry Lowther, Raphael L-P, Alan Ness, David Oldham, Al Rasmussen, Laura Rivendell, Bill Roach, Anne Shields, and Fritz W. See you soon in the 250 Club, and of course if we’ve mistakenly left your name off any of these lists please let us know!


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