And this is why the democrats only wanted to babble about this rip-off and grenade any other alternative.
See, all that whining about Madore is nothing but bright, shiny object politics. They don't care that one of their own is trying to buy the legislature. Imagine the sniveling that would be going on if it were the Koch Brothers.
The Proposed Columbia River Crossing - IMAGE: columbiarivercrossing.orgA billionaire California environmentalistwho is on track to spend more than $50 million of his fortune to help make climate change a major issue in the Nov. 4 elections could inadvertently trigger the re-start of theColumbia River Crossing project, a deal Oregon enviros have widely panned.Hedge fund billionaire Thomas Steyer is targeting climate change deniers across the country, including in legislative races. In Oregon, his political action committee,Nextgen Climate Action, has given $70,000 to Oregon League of Conservation Voters.The New York Times reports that Steyer has bigger goals.If Steyer is successful up north, he could help give Democrats enough votes in the Washington legislature to bring back the $3.2 billion Columbia River Crossing, a project that Oregon's leading environmental groups, including the Oregon League of Conservation Voters and 1000 Friends of Oregon, worked to kill last year."The effort by a California billionaire named Thomas F. Steyer to bolster global climate change measures in Washington has turned the battle over the State Senate into one of the most expensive legislative elections in state history," theTimes reports. "The Democrats need a net gain of two seats to achieve a Senate majority, and Mr. Steyer’s political action committee, Nextgen Climate Action, has contributed $1.25 million to that goal."
The CRC would deliver a new freeway and light rail connection between Portland and Vancouver, Wash., and replace troublesome I-5 interchanges in both cities.