The Portland Trail Blazers
this week contributed $20,000 to Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Dudley
Dudley played for the Blazers from 1993 through 1997 and again from 2001 through 2003. Dudley also served as a paid "ambassador" for the Blazers last year according to the Statement of Economic Interest he filed with the state. Democratic candidate John Kitzhaber
also picked up a sports-related check this week, $5,000
from a Portland contributor who calls himself "J. Joseph Harrington.
" Harrington, better known as Joey, played quarterback for the Oregon Ducks and then less successfully for several NFL teams from 2002 through 2009.
Dudley remains far ahead of Kitzhaber in fundraising totals: he's pulled in $7.5 million this year and has $1.8 million on hand; Kitzhaber has raised $3.9 million and has $500,000 on hand.
One other sports-related contribution: Phil Knight, a former UO runner who now works for a Beaverton shoe company, contributed $50,000 to Measure 76. The measure asks voters to permanently put the current 15 percent set-aside of Oregon Lottery money for parks and habitat into the Oregon Constitution.
Two-thirds of the $1.6 million Measure 76 proponents have raised comes from a single group—the Nature Conservancy. And despite the popularity of parks with the general public, much of the rest has come in big checks from corporations or wealthy individuals such as Knight.