January 26th, 2010 5:33 pm | by NIGEL JAQUISS News | Posted In: CLEAN UP

Oregon Tax Measure Campaigns Continue To Spend Big, Won't Break Record

Class Warfare

Janice Thompson at Common Cause Oregon pores over campaign finance reports like many citizens read the sports page or stock prices.

And while we await tonight's election results on Measures 66 and 67 (You can still turn in your ballots at one of these dropoff sites until 8 pm, then check back here to see how the whole thing turned out), we got this report from her that shows what she gleaned from the rivers of cash flowing into both sides.

The Yes for Oregon and 66 and 67 campaign, through the morning of
Election Day, has raised just shy of $6.85 million. Oregonians Against
Job-Killing Taxes has raised $4.55 million through the morning of
January 26th with $3.94 available after deducting support for the
signature gathering effort that put these measures on this special
election ballot.

Major donors on the yes side are public employee unions that represent
over 130,000 Oregon workers. The top donation is from the Oregon
Education Association and its national affiliate giving $2,093,120. For
all the details check this link:

Major donors on the no side are business interests with $356,700 coming
from the Oregon Local Grocery PAC and Northwest Grocery Association. See
all the details here:

The Yes for Oregon campaign has raised more,$85,761, from individual
donors giving $100 or less, compared to only $37,144, raised in these
small donations by the Oregonians Against Job-Killing Taxes. But one
indication that ballot measure politcs are dominated by major donors is
that these small donations represent only 1 percent of total fundraising
by either of the yes or no campaigns.

The $6.85 million raised by the Yes for Oregon campaign does not break
the record fundraising by one side in a ballot measure fight set in
November 2007 with fundraising of $11.82 million by the No on 50
campaign dominated by tobacco company contributions.

After today, reporting by Measure 66 and 67 campaigns shifts to 30 day
reporting, so final details about total fundraising in this special
election won't be available until a month from now. Once all the Yes for
Oregon contributions are reported it is possible that it may beat the
second highest measure fundraising of $7.12 million in inflation
adjusted dollars during the 1992 campaign opposing two measures related
to closing the Trojan nuclear power plant.

Combined "yes" and "no" fundraising through the morning of January 26 is
$13.40 million that doesn't beat the combined $15.44 million in
contributions to both sides of the Measure 50 contest in November 2007.
The Measure 50 campaigns' combined contribution total seems unlikely to
be beat even when all the contributions to this special election are
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