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Laurene Powell Jobs and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg Among Kate Brown’s Latest Contributors

The incumbent continues her strong fundraising but GOP challenger Knute Buehler is catching up.

Money continues to pour into what is already the most expensive governor's race in Oregon history, with a month still to go before the Nov. 6 election day.

In the past week alone, incumbent Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, reported raising $1.2 million.

Among the big checks: $250,000 from the Democratic Governors' Association and $100,000 each from the Oregon Education Association, the statewide teachers' union, and from Working for a Working America, a Washington, D.C. labor organization. Brown also got checks from a couple of big names in Silicon Valley: $20,000 from Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs (she's now given Brown a total $65,000) and $5,000 from Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.

Brown's main opponent, state Rep. Knute Buehler (R-Bend), had an even bigger fundraising week, reporting contributions of $2.86 million, including $500,000 from the Republican Governors' Association, $250,000 from Hank Swigert, a former owner of Portland manufacturer ESCO Corp., and $100,000 each from the Pape Group, the Oregon Realtors Association and George Austin, Jr. the CEO of a Newberg dental equipment maker.

Those contributions allowed Buehler to narrow substantially the fundraising advantage Brown holds. The governor has raised $11.3 million since Jan. 1, 2017 and has $4 million in the bank. Buehler has now raised a total of $10.7 million and has $2.2 million on hand.

The candidates' combined total of $22 million eclipses the $18 million total that Republican Chris Dudley ($10.5 million) and Democrat John Kitzhaber ($7.5 million) raised in 2010.