June 4th, 2012 9:17 am | by NIGEL JAQUISS News | Posted In: PDX Votes, Politics, Legislature

Kitzhaber Starts Filling Campaign Fund

KitzhaberGov. John Kitzhaber

Gov. John Kitzhaber is not on the ballot this November, but many lawmakers who helped him pass education and health-care reforms in 2011 are.

Kitzhaber—not known for involving himself in legislative races when he previously served as governor from 1995 to 2003—will take a different approach this time. While other candidates are taking a breather after the May primary, the governor has reporting raising $50,750 since election day.

The biggest source of that money is managed care organizations, which have a big stake in how Oregon's health-care system is re-organized into regional comprehensive care organizations. Those CCOs will attempt a more holistic approach to treating the high-utilization patients consume a disproportionate share of health-care dollars.

Three managed care organizations—Coalition for a Healthy Oregon ($10,000), Douglas County Physicians ($5,000), and Doctors for Healthy Communities ($5,000)—accounted for nearly half Kitzhaber's recent fundraising. The Greenbrier Companies ($5,000) a Portland barge and rail car manufacturer, and the Northwest Grocery Association ($5,000), which wants to privatize the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, also gave generously.

Kitzhaber only got $1,000 from organized labor, which has been cool to his reforms. He now has $143,000 in his political action committee.

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