Phil Knight: Puzzled by Oregon Politics

Today's Oregonian features a lengthy interview with Nike co-founder Phil Knight, in the wake of the University of Oregon's 37-20 football victory over Oregon State University on Saturday. In past years, the Nike chairman has given tens of millions to U of O athletic programs and also been unusually politically active. He contributed $770,000 to a variety of causes and candidates since last October, ...   More
Monday, December 6, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Why Nike And Michael Vick Would Be a Strange Relationship

Earlier reports of a endorsement deal between Nike and Michael Vick —now denied by Nike— caused a WW reader to remind us of why a deal would have been a curious move for Phil Knight's company. Vick was reinstated this season by the NFL to play for Philadelphia after serving prison time for being part of a dogfighting ring. Obviously, Vick has served his time and should be allowed to ...   More
Thursday, October 1, 2009 JONATHAN CROWL

Phil Knight's Take on Tiger Woods

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Monday, December 14, 2009 HANK STERN

What Hondurans Say About Nike's Subcontractors In Their Country

Nike's activities in Honduras were condemned as “monstrous” this week by two factory workers from that Central American country who alleged abuses by the sportswear company. Speaking Tuesday night at Portland State University, the two Honduran workers told an audience of about 100 people that Nike's subcontractors violated Honduran law by withholding severance payments totaling $2.2 ...   More
Thursday, April 29, 2010 Ott Tammik

Phil Knight Gives $50K To Change Oregon's Legislative Redistricting Process

Legislative districts get redrawn every decade, based on federal census results. Under Oregon's current process, the Legislature reapportions districts unless lawmakers can't agree upon new district boundaries by July 1 of the year following the census (i.e. July 1, 2011), or if there are legal challenges or a gubernatorial veto. In those cases, the Secretary of State steps in to draw the new ...   More
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

The Oregon Connections in Forbes' List of the 400 Richest Americans

Not every person who touches the state of Oregon is destitute in this lousy economy. Forbes magazine's list of the 400 richest Americans includes four people in its top 25 who have big payrolls in the state. Tied for ninth on the list are Charles and David Koch, the brothers who own Georgia-Pacific and who support right-tilting causes around the country. The next Oregon connections on the ...   More
Thursday, September 23, 2010 HANK STERN

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

Blazers, Joey Harrington Weigh In on Oregon Governor's Race

The Portland Trail Blazers this week contributed $20,000 to Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Dudley. Dudley played for the Blazers from 1993 through 1997 and again from 2001 through 2003. Dudley also served as a paid "ambassador" for the Blazers last year according to the Statement of Economic Interest he filed with the state. Democratic candidate John Kitzhaber also picked up a sports-related ...   More
Thursday, October 14, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Former NBA Hoopster/U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley Weighs in on Oregon Governor's Race

When reporters have asked Republican gubernatorial nominee Chris Dudley about making the transition to politics from the National Basketball Association, he's often mentioned other pro-hoopsters-turned-politicians such as Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and former U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley (D-N.J.). Bradley is perhaps the better analogue. Dudley and Bradley both played their college ball in the ...   More
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Phil Knight, Republican Governors Invest More in Dudley

Nike Chairman Phil Knight this week gave GOP gubernatorial candidate Chris Dudley $200,000, on top of the $200,000 he previously gave the former Trail Blazer. The Republican Governors' Association gave Dudley another $175,000, bringing its total to $2.4 million. Even before Including independent expenditures, the 2010 gubernatorial race has now shattered the previous total expenditure record of ...   More
Thursday, October 28, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS


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