Longtime Republican money-man Loren Parks
has kept a lower-than-normal profile in 2010. Parks, a reclusive medical-products tycoon, is reportedly at odds with Kevin Mannix
, the former lawmaker whose public safety ballot measures Parks has supported
in the past.
For weeks, political insiders have speculated that Parks was considering investing in Oregon Senate races and finally today that speculation became reality. A filing
with the state shows Parks contributed $375,000 to the Leadership Fund, the political action committee of Senate Republicans.