Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Bill Gate Sr. in hilarious new TV ad

Today we are launching a new ad that will start airing across Washington. Click below to get a sneak preview and make a contribution of $25 to help keep it on the air:
Watch the new ad with Bill Gates Sr.
Please share it on Facebook and Twitter and forward it to all your friends.
Bill Gates Sr. understands how important funding our education system is to the future of our state and knows that middle class families are struggling in these hard economic times. That is why he helped write the plan to modestly tax the wealthiest 1.2% of Washingtonians to generate $2 billion a year for education and healthcare. A couple making less than $400,000 will not pay any income tax under I-1098.

Will you help Bill get this message out to voters across the state by contributing $25?

Our opposition thinks I-1098 is about soaking the rich. But what it is really about is:
  • Reversing state cutbacks that have put our kids at risk
  • Dedicating $2 billion a year for education and healthcare
  • Making the wealthy pay their fair share

The opposition is only thinking about themselves and the short-term. We need your help to plan for the long-term and to protect Washington's future.

Please make a donation of whatever you can to keep this ad on the air and to help us continue to tell the truth about I-1098 to the voters of Washington.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Fight back against the Seattle Times Editorial Board's crusade against I-1098

Join me and other I-1098 supporters at a phonebanking party near you!


Click the map below to find the closest one:

Map of phonebanks

My name is Seferiana and I am a volunteer for I-1098. I volunteer for I-1098 because I believe we need to level the playing field on taxes and fund much needed education and healthcare services.

I support 1098, but not everyone does.

For weeks the campaign has been battling claims put out by the opponents of I-1098. You and I have been instrumental in helping call their bluff and getting the truth out about what I-1098 will do for small businesses and middle class families while restoring funding cuts to education and healthcare.

One of the opposition's biggest mouth pieces - The Seattle Times editorial board - has been publishing editorials that mirror the opposition's misleading claims about I-1098. To date they have published 9 editorials opposing 1098.

But this week, The Seattle Times editorial board went too far and questioned the integrity of Bill Gates Sr.1 And that is wrong.

The Seattle Times publisher and the other CEOs and investment bankers opposing 1098 are on a crusade against you and the thousands of other Washingtonians supporting 1098.

If Washington State is going to thrive and continue to produce an educated and healthy workforce, we must pass I-1098. We need your continued help to spread the word.

Join me at one of the many phonebanks around the state next week. Click below to find the phonebank nearest you:

The response to our phonebanks has been phenomenal. Most voters have not yet heard about I-1098 and really do appreciate having a conversation with a real person about why they should support it.

In fact, since we started phonebanking early, many volunteers (some are veterans of many campaigns) have said that calls asking voters to support I-1098 have been some of the easiest and most effective they have ever made!

The earlier voters hear from you, the more interested they will be because many voters get turned off by the bombardment of television ads that has already started. So please join us next week at phonebanks in Everett, Seattle, Federal Way or Olympia. Click below:

Thank you for your support, and with your help I know we will be celebrating on election night!

Seferiana Day

Volunteer with 1098


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Our opponents say: "You aren't grassroots!"

Show your grassroots support for I-1098:

Grassroots suport
Our state's wealthiest CEOs and investment bankers, who are leading the charge against I-1098, claim that they are THE grassroots campaign in this fight. I am here to tell you nothing could be further from the truth.

These wealthy individuals want the newspapers and media to believe that our campaign isn't made up of people like you, who care about helping our state. (See their blog post here:

Pretty ridiculous, I know.

Can you contribute as little as $5 to help combat this attack?

We have counted on you and your tireless support since the beginning.

With your help over 380,000 voters across Washington state signed a petition that put Initiative 1098 on the November ballot so that Washingtonians could reverse the dramatic cuts that have been made to education and healthcare services. And today over 2000 small businesses and over 200 organizations representing hundreds of thousands of individuals from every corner of the state support I-1098 because of the relief it will give to small businesses and families who are struggling in this tough economy.   

Now that is grassroots!

Between now and election day we need your continued help as we grow our grassroots campaign and reach every voter across the state. Your donation of just $5 today will allow us to let voters
know how 1098 will cut their property tax and eliminate the tax on their neighbor's small business.

Please help us in this effort and send a message to the opposition that ordinary people care about passing Initiative 1098. 

Please donate today:

Thursday, September 2, 2010

20% of our kids aren't graduating

Join Bill Gates Sr. in supporting I-1098

Yes on 1098

Yes, you read that right, only 80% of the high school students in Washington State end up graduating.
I am sure you understand how difficult it is to make a living without a basic education. These kids who do not complete high school barely stand a chance in what is becoming an increasingly complex world. We simply cannot afford to have 20% of our kids lacking the basic skills they need to succeed. We are better than this. And we need to fix this problem now. 

That is why your support of Initiative 1098 is so essential. Please join our fight today:

Initiative 1098 will provide $2 billion dollars a year to tackle our education problems and restore funding cuts to healthcare services. That will mean smaller class sizes and more individual attention for our children. It will mean more widespread early learning opportunities so that all kids show up to kindergarten prepared to succeed in school and life. Overall, it will mean fewer kids will slip through the cracks. I know you agree our kids deserve a better education than what they are getting today and I-1098 will give them that.

In addition to dedicating funds for education and healthcare, I-1098 will provide tax cuts to those middle-class families and small businesses who are struggling. Under I-1098, Washington families will receive a 20% tax cut in the state portion of their property tax and 80% of businesses including small businesses will have their B&O tax eliminated.

Initiative 1098 will keep the promise to our kids by restructuring our tax system and only modestly taxing the wealthiest 1.2% of Washingtonians. The tax applies only to income above $200,000 for individuals and $400,000 per couples. By law, not a penny below that amount will be taxed.

Can you make a $25 donation so we can ensure our children's future?

Together we will give our kids the education they deserve and give our small businesses the tax break they desperately need during these tough times. 


Bill Gates Sr.