Class Warfare
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 reported.