Stimson Lumber, Eric Lemelson Open Checkbooks


Two of Oregon's biggest political contributors weighed in on contested races in recent days. Filings with the secretary of state's elections divisions show Portland-based Stimson Lumber gave state Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point) $20,000. Richardson is seeking the GOP gubernatorial nomination which confers upon the winner the dubious pleasure of challenging incumbent Gov. John Kitzhaber, a ...   More
Monday, October 21, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kate Brown Picks Up Big Check, Debates Buehler Today


Secretary of State Kate Brown reported a hefty check today—$50,000 from winemaker Eric Lemelson.Lemelson was one of the state's largest political donors in 2008 and 2010 but has been largely absent from the 2012 cycle. His contribution, however, is a sign of how seriously Brown is taking the challenge from Republican Dr. Knute Buehler and two others, Seth Woolley of the Pacific Green Party and Bob ...   More
Friday, October 26, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

John Kitzhaber's Newest Big Donors

Former Gov. John Kitzhaber picked up two large donations this week from prominent Oregonians in his bid to win the 2010 Democratic gubernatorial primary. As we reported last week, Kitzhaber has been collecting some big-bucks contributions of the $10,000-per-donor variety. This week, Kitzhaber recorded a $15,000 contribution from winemaker Eric Lemelson and another $5,000 from the political ...   More
Tuesday, November 10, 2009 HANK STERN

Playing Possum: Kitzhaber Reports Another $50,000 Contribution

Yesterday, Democratic gubernatorial nominee John Kitzhaber reported a $50,000 contribution a month after he received the check. The Kithzaber campaign reported that contribution (from Tin House Publisher Win McCormack,) on the last day allowed by Oregon election law, which requires candidates to disclose contributions within 30 days of receiving them. Today, Kitzhaber did the same thing, ...   More
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Paul Allen Sues Google, Facebook and Others and is Called All Sorts of Names

The tech community in the Northwest and across the country has its underwear in a twist over a lawsuit filed last week by Paul Allen. The Trail Blazers owner and co-founder of Microsoft is already one of the more interesting billionaires on the planet. He has the biggest toys, has spent millions searching for extraterrestrial intelligence, has built museums dedicated to Jimi Hendrix and science ...   More
Monday, August 30, 2010 MARK ZUSMAN

Loren Parks is a Big Oregon Donor But Not the Biggest

Legislative candidates are abuzz about the $375,000 check medical products tycoon Loren Parks wrote to Senate Republicans last week in Oregon. That's a huge check and brings Parks' giving to Oregon candidates and causes in the past calendar year to $431,000. But somewhat surprisingly, that huge amount of money isn't enough to make Parks the top individual donor on the secretary of state's ORESTAR ...   More
Tuesday, October 5, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS


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