Our signature drive was efficient — we spent $400K less than the other initiative did
Signature drives for initiatives cost a lot. We wish that wasn’t the case, but that’s the way it is. From 2009 – 2012, the average amount spent to qualify an initiative for the ballot was $1.4 million — that was the average.
There are two initiatives on this November’s ballot — our Initiative 1366 about protecting taxpayers and Paul Allen’s Initiative 1401 about protecting animals.
It’s now been reported that it cost the I-1401 campaign $1.73 million total to qualify (of that amount, they spent $1.34 million for paid petitioners).
We spent $1.34 million to qualify (just $1.2 million for paid petitioners).
Why do we qualify for less than others? Because we’re not hiring and paying consultants to handle things — Jack, Mike, and I do it all. This allows us to keep costs down, increasing our chances that our initiatives will qualify.
But during the last half of the year — from July through December — we ask our supporters to donate to a separate, stand-alone compensation fund called Help Us Help Taxpayers. The funds we raise are used to compensate the three of us. What are we worth? However much our supporters are willing to contribute.
The only way it works is for everyone to help.
Now that I-1366 has qualified for the ballot, please don’t forget about us.