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Bill And Melinda Gates Donate $1 Million To Gun Control Campaign

Abbie Sedgeman | PopWrapped Author

Abbie Sedgeman

08/26/2014 8:31 pm
PopWrapped | Current Events
Bill And Melinda Gates Donate $1 Million To Gun Control Campaign | gun control
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Nearly $6 million has been raised for a Washington campaign for gun control after a $1 million donation from Bill and Melinda Gates on Friday (August 22), which was made public on Monday (August 25). Bill, the co-founder of Microsoft, and his wife issued a joint statement expressing their support for I-594, which would ensure a wider background check on all gun sales, including those used at gun shows and for private sales. The couple said that they believe I-594 "will be an effective and balanced approach to improving gun safety in our state by closing existing loopholes for background checks". Their donation is not the only one from a Microsoft co-founder; Paul Allen donated $500,000 earlier this month. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and his wife Connie also donated to this campaign, giving $580,000. Another significant donation was from venture capitalist Nick Hanauer, who donated a further $1 million, bringing his total donated to this campaign to almost $1.4million. There is a rival campaign which aims to stop the state from adopting laws from background checks beyond the national standard--background check required for licensed dealers, but not for purchases from private sellers--called Initiative 591. So far, this campaign has raised just over $1 million.

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