Independent Betsy Johnson wins first fundraiser in governor’s race

State Senator Betsy Johnson has raised $ 2.2 million so far in her political race for governor of Oregon, putting her ahead of her fundraising rivals.

Just a month ago, Johnson began his political campaign as Iindependent. Running with this particular party means she won’t be running in this spring’s primary election., but rather will need to receive approximately 24,000 signatures to appear on the ballot. Although the last IIndependent of being elected as governor of Oregon that began her term during the Great Depression, she is off to a surprisingly impressive start.

Johnson’s generous donations included $ 250,000 worth of Willamette Valley logging equipment business Pape Group and $ 150,000 from Global Companies LLC, which is owned by Massachusetts mega gasoline supplier Global Partners. Seafood magnate Frank Dulcich has contributed a total of $ 240,000 through 11 of his businesses.

Other donors include Columbia Sportswear CEO Timothy Boyle, Columbia Investments private equity firm chairman Peter Scott, Alexia dePottere-Smith, member of the green energy nonprofit board, and Paula Teevin, wife of the logging company owner Shawn Teevin.

Besides, campaign fundraising reports revealed that Harsch Investment Properties, a real estate investor, Hampton Lumber, Springboard Group and Sause Bros. each donated $ 100,000.

To date, Johnsonthe campaign has passed about $ 10,000 mainly on advertising.

The other candidates

Democratic opponent and former New York Times columnist Nick Kristof only raised $ 1 million despite having had big-name donors like Angelina Jolie and Melinda Gates. Yamhill farm owner Kristof had never run for office before, hHowever, Oregon’s most powerful private sector union, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555, endorsed Kristof last week amid frustrations over the fight for essential workers during the pandemic.

“Frankly our BThe board felt, like me, that it makes no sense to support politicians who praised essential workers during the pandemic while neglecting necessary worker protections, ” said Dan Clay, union president. “We need leadership that is ready to provide solutions when they get to Salem, instead of trying to get into their sound clips. “

Democratic House Speaker Tina Kotek has received support from the Oregon State Building and Construction Trades Council and owns a “war chest” of approximately $ 500,000. State Treasurer Tobias Read also raised around $ 500,000.

Lesser names known as Democratic candidate and Yamhill County commissioner Casey Kulla have raised a fraction of the rest; most of it is already spent. Republican candidate and Salem oncologist Bud Pierce raised nearly half of his $ 750,000 through his own staff funds, and he has only a fraction of it left to spend on his campaign. Republican candidate and mayor Sandy Stan Pullium single-handedly raised $ 527,000, and Lake Oswego political consultant Bridget Barton raised $ 378,000.

By: Rebekah Harcrow

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