The Fleecing Our City: Wave Aquatics pays $35,000 for Prop 1 ARC campaign asking Kirklanders to pay $60+ million

PDC filings show a disproportional amount of spending to pass Prop 1 with the largest contributor being Wave Aquatics -- organization most likely to manage the ARC

According to Public Disclosure Commission records, Wave Aquatics, the non-profit organization that manages the Juanita Aquatic Center at Juanita High School and the Redmond Aquatic Center on behalf of the City of Redmond, is pouring big money into the Yes for the Prop  1 campaign. Wave Aquatics is likely to be the largest beneficiary if Prop 1 passes at the ballot.

We also learned that the “yes” campaign has paid their political consultant, Argo Strategies, more than the entire ‘no” campaign has raised.

As noted in online PDC forms (below), Wave Aquatics has donated a total of $35,000 to the Yes on Prop 1 campaign. On September 1, 2015 Wave donated $20,000 to the campaign and then on this past Friday, Wave Aquatics made another donation to the campaign, this time filing a Last Minute Contribution in the amount of $15,000.

Our search of the PDC filings revealed that the No on Prop. 1 campaign, Preserve Park Control, has raised $6,333 to date. We also learned that the "yes" campaign has paid their political consultant, Argo Strategies, more than the entire 'no" campaign has raised. 

Argo Strategies is a full-service political consulting firm retained by the Yes on Prop 1 campaign. The expenditures paid to Argo totaling over $7,000 represent a retainer, website design, logo, a campaign kick off party and other expenses.

Wave Aquatics has the right to support campaigns, but the taxpayer also has the right to know who benefits most from the spending of public money. Kirklanders are being asked to pay $60+ million dollars for Prop 1 to build ARC and Wave Aquatics is paying $35,000 to assure that it will pass. Wave Aquatics must be pretty confident that they will win the contract for managing the ARC, if that contract is not already in hand.

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