Money Starts to Flow for 2010 Tax Battle

You can bet that the looming ballot battle next January over increased personal income taxes on wealthier Oregonians — as well as higher corporate income taxes— will feature riotous rhetoric, cataclysmic claims and above all, carloads of cash. Yesterday, in a filing with the Oregon Secretary of State, the Oregon Restaurant Association disclosed a $25,000 gift to the evocatively named ...   More
Thursday, July 9, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Truth-testing The Nelson Report's "Poll" on January Tax Measures

Selected Oregonians this week got a "straw ballot" on Measures 66 and 67, two income tax hikes on the January ballot, from a Salem outfit calling itself "The Nelson Report." Like an earlier mailer purporting to come from a struggling Tillamook dairy farmer, the Nelson Report straw poll requires some explanation. First, although the name "The Nelson Report" might sound like a generic information ...   More
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Secretary of State Wags Finger at Mark Nelson, Closes Measures 66/67 Case

Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown's elections office has completed its review of a complaint filed earlier this week against Mark Nelson, campaign manager for the opposition to Measures 66 and 67. State elections compliance officer Carla Corbin wrote [PDF] to the complainant, Marge Easley, President of the League of Women Voters of Oregon, telling Easley that the mock ballots Nelson is sending ...   More
Friday, January 8, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

League of Women Voters Files Elections Complaint Against Mark Nelson

The Oregon League of Women Voters today filed an elections complaint [PDF] with Oregon's Secretary of State and Department of Justice against Mark Nelson, the Salem lobbyist who's the campaign manager for opponents of two tax increase measures on the January ballot. As WW reported last month, Nelson has been mailing out "surveys" to voters that are replicas of the actual ballots they will begin ...   More
Tuesday, January 5, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Bend Bulletin Reports On Legislative Leaders Settling Scores After Tax Measure Win

The Bend Bulletin has an intriguing account of score-settling, Oregon-style in today's paper. Bulletin reporter Nick Budnick (formerly of WW) details the efforts of House Speaker Dave Hunt (D-Gladstone) and House Majority Leader Mary Nolan (D-Portland) to turn the heat up on lobbyists who worked unsucessfully to defeat Measures 66 and 67. Among those lobbyists are "No" campaign manager Mark ...   More
Tuesday, February 9, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Emails Detail House Speaker Hunt's "Hard-Ball" Tactics

The Bend Bulletin today added to its earlier reporting on the fall-out from Measures 66 and 67 for groups that work with lobbyists such as Mark Nelson — who opposed the two tax-increasing measures. Among other details, Bulletin reporter Nick Budnick's latest piece recounts an email Oregon Head Start Executive Director Judy Miller sent her colleagues about a conversation she'd had with ...   More
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Read The Email: Why Mark Nelson Wants Oregon Business Lobbyists To Meet

Lobbyist Mark Nelson, who led the unsuccessful campaign against Measures 66 and 67 in January, this morning invited most of Salem's leading business lobbyists to a meeting on March 17. An email with the subject line "Post 66/67 Contribution Strategy Meeting" went to dozens of representatives from groups such as Associated Oregon Industries, the Portland Business Alliance and other corporate ...   More
Thursday, March 11, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS


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