July 6th, 2010 | by NIGEL JAQUISS News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics, Schools, Legislature

Stand for Children Writes a Big Check in Key Legislative Race

Oregon State Capitol Building

House District 24, which covers parts of Polk and Yamhill Counties, is shaping up as a key battleground in this fall's general election. Republicans, who hope to erode or eliminate Democrats' 36-24 majority in the House, are rallying behind one-term incumbent Jim Weidner (R-McMinnville), who had a rocky first term. A couple of weeks ago, the Oregon Beverage PAC donated $10,000 to Weidner. That is by far the largest donation he has received.



Today, the Stand for Children PAC reported matching that contribution with a $10,000 check to Weidner's Democratic opponent, retired winemaker Susan Sokol Blosser. That's more than twice the size of Sokol Blosser's largest contribution and the largest contribution Stand for Children has made to a legislative candidate.

Stand for Children has been a strong advocate for K-12 funding, but also for better performance from schools, which makes the group independent of the powerful Oregon Education Association — always a leading source of campaign cash for Democrats. Stand for Children was one of the few groups who applauded Gov. Ted Kulongoski's recent City Club speech, in which he called for a dramatically revamped approach to state spending, including greater accountability for how education dollars are spent.

"It was a little stunning to hear the truth spoken so frankly by Gov. Kulongoski," Stand's Oregon executive director, Sue Levin, said in a statement. "It's time to improve education in Oregon, and we think Gov. Kulongoski's ideas are compelling and worth exploring."
 
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