We're not going to record every donation to the new political action committee called Oregonians for Higher Education Excellence, but it's not often that such a concentration of powerful people piles into the same PAC at the same time.

Yesterday, Nike Chairman Phil Knight joined former University of Oregon Athletic Director Pat Kilkenny (who made a pile in insurance in California), Columbia Distributing Chairman Ed Maletis and Endeavour Capital's John von Schlegell in supporting the PAC—each contributing $65,000. Columbia Sportswear CEO Tim Boyle gave $62,500.

The PAC now has $258,000 on hand after just five donations.