July 15th, 2010 5:33 pm | by NIGEL JAQUISS News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics, Legislature

Oregon Republicans Fielding More Legislative Candidates, But Lag in Fundraising

Oregon State Capitol Building

The Oregon Republican Party rebounded strongly in candidate recruitment this year after a dismal 2008. Two years ago, the GOP failed to field a candidate in 23 of 75 legislative races. This year, only two of 76 legislative races lack a Republican candidate.

But filings with the state show one thing has not changed much—the Democratic legislative caucuses are still attracting the lion's share of contributions.

This year, Senate Democrats, who hold an 18-12 majority, have raised $470,000 and have $621,000 on hand. Senate Republicans have raised $212,000 and have $52,000 on hand.

In the House, where Democrats hold a 36-24 majority, the disparity is even greater. House Democrats have raised $505,000 and have $600,000 on hand. House Republicans have raised $257,000 and have just $6,000 on hand.

The parties use their caucus funds to support candidates in competitive races. Of course, much could change between now in the fundraising climate between July and November. But for now, GOP donors seem to be focusing their giving on the governor's race, where GOP nominee Chris Dudley reported raising another $102,000 yesterday, including $10,000 from Michael Keiser, the developer of Bandon Dunes golf course.
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