Gov. John Kitzhaber is making an early summer push to bury his Republican opponent, State Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point).
Already this week, Kitzhaber has disclosed more than $175,000 in new donations, pushing him well over the $1-million mark for this calendar year. He's now raised $1.155 million in 2014 and has $822,000 on hand. Richardson has raised $269,000 this year and has just $80,000 on hand.
Kitzhaber's largest new donations are from the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians ($50,000), the Washington, D.C.-based Laborers Political League Education Fund ($50,000) and the Oregon Laborers Political Action Committee ($20,000).
The Umpqua Tribe operates a casino in Canyonville, in southern Oregon, which is under threat from a proposal from the Coquille Tribe's desire to build a casino in Medford. The Laborers generosity looks more like a reward for Kitzhaber's staunch support for the Columbia River Crossing project, a $2.8 billion public works job that is at least temporarily dead due to lack of funding.