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

Loren Parks is a Big Oregon Donor But Not the Biggest


Legislative candidates are abuzz about the $375,000 check medical products tycoon Loren Parks wrote to Senate Republicans last week in Oregon.

That's a huge check and brings Parks' giving to Oregon candidates and causes in the past calendar year to $431,000. But somewhat surprisingly, that huge amount of money isn't enough to make Parks the top individual donor on the secretary of state's ORESTAR campaign finance reporting system during that period.

The top slot over the past calendar year goes, at least for now, to Sherwood winemaker Eric Lemelson, who has given $464,000 to Democratic candidates and environmental groups.

Other big individual donors over the past year include Nike Chairman Phil Knight, $300,000; Portland publisher Win McCormack, $240,000; Columbia Sportswear CEO Tim Boyle, $128,000; former timber exec Bill Swindells, $100,000 to a measure that would support the Oregon Historical Society; and Avamere Health CEO Karl Miller, $88,000.

Those donors are all Oregonians (Parks moved to Nevada for a while but used an Aloha address for his recent contribution).

If we expand the list to include out-of state individuals (and omit candidates who self-fund or get money from their families), unsuccessful GOP gubernatorial candidate Allen Alley reeled in $126,000 from California investor Mark Stevens, GOP gubernatorial nominee Chris Dudley got $100,000 each from Florida Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and California sports agent Dan Feigan (who represented Dudley during his 16-year NBA career).
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