GOP Moneyman Loren Parks Writes Another Big Check

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Medical device manufacturer Loren Parks is digging deeper in his considerable wallet this election cycle than he has for a while. Over the weekend, the Oregon Family Farm Association Political Action Committee reported a  $100,000 contribution from Parks. Earlier in the week, the Taxpayers Association of Oregon reported getting $40,000 from Parks. And as WW reported, he gave $160,000 to two other ...   More
 
Monday, September 29, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Loren Parks, Oregon Sheriffs' Association Write Big Checks

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The reclusive medical tycoon Loren Parks wrote his first big checks of the November cycle, giving $100,000 to the Oregon Small Business Association Political Action Committee and $60,000 to the Oregon Sportsmen's Association. Parks has long been right at the top of contributors to conservative causes in Oregon, focusing mostly on ballot measures. The Oregon Sheriffs' Association also made a big splash, ...   More
 
Monday, September 22, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Two Major Oregon GOP Funders Form Federal PAC, Attack Jason Conger in the Republicans' US Senate Primary

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The machinations in Oregon's hotly-contested GOP U.S. Senate primary are getting more and more interesting. On his blog, Oregon Oracle, Bruce McCain, a former top Multnomah County sheriff's official, tracks down a new federal political action committee formed to oppose state Rep. Jason Conger (R-Bend), who is running against Portland pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Monica Wehby. The two candidates are running ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Salmon Ballot Measure Nets $250,000 Contribution

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The Protect Our Salmon Committee, a group trying to place a measure on the 2012 ballot that would mostly ban gill-netting and tangle-netting on the Columbia River and other Oregon waters reported a whopper of a check over the weekend—$250,000 from Norman Brenden. That contribution is the largest by far any individual or group has made in Oregon in 2012. Brenden was formerly the chief financial officer ...   More
 
Monday, April 16, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Loren Parks Weighs in on Urban Renewal

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Clackamas County voters will decide on a somewhat obscure but very important question on the Nov. 8 ballot: should voters have a say in the expenditure of urban renewal dollars?Currently, local elected officials control the process of establishing urban renewal districts—Portland has eleven of them—and then diverting future property tax revenues generated within those districts for specific projects. ...   More
 
Monday, October 31, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kroger Sues Politically Connected Vets' Charity

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Attorney General John Kroger filed what promises to be an extremely interesting and controversial lawsuit today against the Oregon War Veterans' Association. The OWVA, a 501c(19) non-profit has been under investigation since last year as questions about its fund-raising and political activities mounted. The group has powerful supporters and allies, including Loren Parks, the reclusive medical-supplies ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 15, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Loren Parks Jumps into Legislative Races


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Longtime Republican money-man Loren Parks has kept a lower-than-normal profile in 2010. Parks, a reclusive medical-products tycoon, is reportedly at odds with Kevin Mannix, the former lawmaker whose public safety ballot measures Parks has supported in the past. For weeks, political insiders have speculated that Parks was considering investing in Oregon Senate races and finally today that speculation ...   More
 
Thursday, September 30, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Legislative Fundraising Tightens Up for Stretch Run


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A look little more than a month ago at the four Oregon legislative caucuses painted a fairly bleak financial picture for Republicans, who are seeking to surf a national wave and slash the super-majorities Democrats hold in the state Senate and House. (Democrats control the Oregon Senate 18 to 12 and the House 36 to 24). Here's how the fund-raising numbers looked when we last checked on Sept. ...   More
 
Thursday, October 14, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Loren Parks is a Big Oregon Donor But Not the Biggest


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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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