The arms race to fund Oregon’s next governor continues to heat up.
On Friday night, former House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland) announced the largest campaign contribution yet to the November governor’s contest: a check for $1.25 million from the Democratic Governor’s Association. The donation, made on September 14, brings Kotek’s National PAC funding to $3.1 million.
“Thousands of Oregonians, along with the Democratic Governors Association, have donated to Tina’s campaign because so much is at stake in November – advocating for abortion access, preventing gun violence, protect our environment and defend workers,” Kotek’s campaign said. spokeswoman Katie Wertheimer in response to a request for comment on the DGA donation.
Kotek participates in a national donation tennis match with Republican candidate, former House Minority Leader Christine Drazan (R-Canby), who received $2.54 million from the Republican Governors Association. Twice, the national party presented Drazan with a check for one million dollars.
National parties are pumping money into a race no one knows how to handicap, thanks to the entry of unaffiliated candidate and former senator Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose), largely backed by business interests, including the co-founder of Nike, Phil Knight.
Johnson, who presents herself as a moderate, covers the airwaves with ads saying she will both protect Oregonians from crime and defend abortion rights.
On Friday, nonpartisan analysts Cook Political Report bumped the race from “Democratic” to “throwing,” signaling that even more money will flow into Oregon as parties seize an unusual opportunity. Expect the next eight weeks of football matches to be crowded with advertisements for Kotek, Drazan and Johnson.
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