With less than a month to go before the May 18 primary, one candidate in the seven-way race for Multnomah County commissioner has recently surged into the top three for fundraising prowess.
, a communications consultant and former aide to U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer
(D-Ore.), has now raised $27,586 in campaign contributions — putting him at a close third behind Rev. Chuck Currie
($28,860) and Loretta Smith
on Markgraf's lucrative consulting work for the Columbia River Crossing project. Construction of a new I-5 bridge would provide a massive stimulus for local builders.
No wonder, then, that construction and trade unions are contributing heavily to Markgraf's campaign. They include the Iron Workers
District Council of the Pacific Northwest ($750), the Joint Council of Teamsters
No. 37 ($750), the Building Trades
PAC ($500) and Local 48 Electricians
Local Democratic rainmaker Win McCormack
plunked down $2,000 for Markgraf, and Markgraf's old boss Blumenauer
was good for $500.
As we've previously noted, another candidate in the race also has ties to Washington, D.C. Smith
, the No. 2 fundraiser in the race, is an aide to U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden
(D-Ore.). And Wyden's camp has contributed generously
to her campaign.
, the No. 1 fundraiser in the race, has raised nearly a third of his money ($9,450) from out-of-state donations
. He relies far more on out-of-state money than either Smith ($2,050) or Markgraf ($200).