|Initial form filed with Washington Public Disclosure of Fluoride Proponents (Click for full image)
Who is running the Fluoridation campaign? Where are they operating the campaign from? Where did they get their money for paid signature gatherers?
As the Bellingham Weekly found in their investigation:
Oddly, most of the money and interest backing these “Bellingham Families” originates out of Seattle."
- Bellingham Weekly 6/2/2005
As the records from the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission reveal on the initial campaign filing, three of the four positions in the Fluoride campaign give a Seattle address.
Below are the parties running the pro-fluoride initiative as reflected by the PDC documents:
Campaign manager: David Hemion located at 1001 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98154
Committee Officer: David Hemion located at 1001 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98154
Treasurer: David Hemion located at 1001 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98154
As a token Bellingham connection, a single Bellingham resident is listed a "co-chair."
If there is any lingering question as to who is running the pro-Fluoride campaign, the initial PDC filing indicates that the campaign books are located at 1001 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98154.
The Bellingham Weekly outed the cynical attempt to mask the Seattle based Fluoridation effort from Seattle as coming from Bellingham when the Weekly reported on 6/2/2005:
The drive is sponsored by a group called Bellingham Families for Fluoride, which has filed documents with the city to begin collecting signatures to put the question on November’s ballot. Oddly, most of the money and interest backing these “Bellingham Families” originates out of Seattle."
Thus, the Fluoride proponents seek not only to dictate what (ill advised) medication Bellingham residents ingest, but to dominate the political process 90 miles away as well.
Financing Update (10/3/2005): With the fluoridation initiative apparently failing to gather local support, the fluoride proponents have now raised over $150,000 for a large media campaign (See PDC), more than any candidate or group has raised to spend on any issue in the history of Bellingham.
Financial Upate (11/4/2005) by Whatcom Independent Newspaper:
"My Jaw has been slack over the amount of money pouring into town to promote our use of fluoride. It may exceed $300,000 from Seattle and out-of-state sources - which is nearly $10 per voting citizen in Bellingham, and is perhaps $20 to buy every "Yes" vote."
Whatcom Independent 11/4/2005.