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