Microsoft Donates $100K To Approve R-71 Effort In Washington State

According to a report filed (PDF) with Washington state’s Public Disclosure Commission, Microsoft has donated $100,000 to the Approve Referendum 71 campaign. Dominic Holden at Slog:

This took guts. Microsoft’s brazen role in R-71 will outrage the Ken Hutchersons of the world, who pressured Microsoft for years to back off from supporting gay-rights legislation. And it could also summon conservative interests—e.g., the Mormon Church—to dump money in on the other side. After October 12, state rules block any person or group from donating more than $5,000 to the campaign. Microsoft’s donation is larger than all the contributions combined for the campaign to reject R-71, called Protect Marriage Washington, run by a handful of Christian extremists who have reported only $55,217 in contributions. Right on, Microsoft!