Big donors are piling cash into the campaign to support Measure 90
, the November ballot measure that would end Oregon's partisan primary system.
Filings with the elections division show new contributions from Associated Oregon Industries
($50,000), Portland insurer The Standard
($25,000), Portland property magnate Greg Goodman
($15,000) and Harsch Investment Group
, the Schnitzer family's property investment firm
Proponents of Measure 90 want to replace the current primary system with a "top-two" system in which the two leading vote getters in a primary, regardless of party affiliation, would advance to the general election. So far, the have shown strong fund-raising ability, raising $623,000 to qualify for the ballot and another $175,000 since.
The opposition campaign, the Protect Our Vote
committee, has raised just $20,000 so far.