October 14th, 2010 5:33 pm | by NIGEL JAQUISS News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics, Legislature

Legislative Fundraising Tightens Up for Stretch Run


A look little more than a month ago at the four Oregon legislative caucuses painted a fairly bleak financial picture for Republicans, who are seeking to surf a national wave and slash the super-majorities Democrats hold in the state Senate and House. (Democrats control the Oregon Senate 18 to 12 and the House 36 to 24).

Here's how the fund-raising numbers looked when we last checked on Sept. 3:
In the Senate, the latest filings with the Secretary of State's elections division show that Democrats have out-raised Republican in 2010, $595,000 to $260,000 and Democrats currently have $669,000 on hand (a total that includes money left over from 2009) while Senate R's currently have no money on hand. In the House, Democrats have out-raised Republicans $704,000 to $410,000 and have $607,000 on hand, compared to Republicans' $16,000.

But since then, Republicans have hit the phones and raised a bunch of cash. The most notable contribution came from the reclusive medical products tycoon Loren Parks, who gave Senate Republicans $375,000 last month.

As of today, filings on the state's ORESTAR system, show House Democrats have raised $1.15 million in 2010 and have on hand $284,000; House Republicans have raised $720,000 and have $111,000 on hand.

Senate Republicans have raised $1 million this year and still have on hand $448,000, while Senate Democrats have raised $1.25 million and have $183,000 available.

The caucuses spend their money in closely contested races and to support candidates who are new to fund-raising. Ballots for the November general election are in the mail now and are due back to elections offices by Nov. 2.
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