GOP gubernatorial nominee Chris Dudley
reported two new large checks and a slew more in the $2,500-and-up category today. Dudley, the former Portland Trail Blazer making his inaugural political run, raked in
$100,000 from Newberg-based Austin Industries
and $15,000 from Columbia Sportswear CEO Tim Boyle.
The Austin family, who made a fortune in the dental equipment industry are reliable Republican givers. But in past gubernatorial elections, Boyle supported Gov. Ted Kulongoski, a Democrat. His support for Dudley removes one of the relatively few individual donors who write big checks on the Democrats' side.
Since entering the race last November, Dudley has collected 11 checks of more than $25,000, including two for $100,000 each. Ten of those checks came from individuals or private companies closely associated with an individual donor. During the same period, Dudley's Democratic opponent, former Gov. John Kitzhaber, received six checks of $25,000 or more, only one from an individual or private company.
As of today, the ORESTAR campaign finance reporting system, the source of all the forgoing information, shows that Dudley has $263,000 on hand, while Kitzhaber has $210,000. The big difference? Dudley has already released two television ads,
which are the primary way candidates communicate with voters.