Like Hillary Clinton, Rep. Val Hoyle, D-Eugene, who’s running for Secretary of State, wants to get the obscene amounts of money out of politics…..later.
That way, she can rake in bundles of money now while running for Oregon Secretary of State as a champion of fundraising reform.
In the past, Hoyle has said she supports enacting a constitutional amendment to limit campaign contributions, so long as the limits aren’t “unreasonably low”.
She has also blamed Democratic losses outside Oregon on “fear and cynicism” among voters fostered by large political contributions “from a small handful of special interests”.
So much for worrying about special interests.
According to state records, Hoyle has raised $587,000 to date, putting her at the top of the fundraising pile among the Secretary of State candidates.
Val Hoyle (D)……………………..$592,728
Brad Avakian (D)…………………$387,482
Dennis Richardson (R)………….$297,413
Richard Devlin (D)……………. ..$172,315
Sid Leiken (R)……………………..$ 45,104
Hoyle’s biggest contributor is Michael Bloomberg, a New York businessman who supports aggressive gun control measures. On April 29, he gave Hoyle $250,000 in appreciation for her support of legislation that passed in the last session expanding background checks to almost all private firearm transfers.
“Mike is supporting Val Hoyle because her leadership in passing Oregon’s background check bill is truly notable,” Howard Wolfson, a spokesman for Bloomberg, told Willamette Week in an email. “No one in the country has worked harder —or more successfully—to take on the NRA than she has.”
Hoyle has also received $105,000 in contributions from Emily’s List, a Washington, D.C.-based political action committee that supports female candidates.
Without those two large contributions, both from out-of-state, Hoyle would have raised just $237,728, which would have put her behind both Brad Avakian and Dennis Richardson in fundraising totals.
P.S.: The other candidates aren’t exactly pure in their fundraising either, although they’re collecting nothing comparable to Hoyle from individual donors.
Brad Avakian’s larger contributions
- $40,000 from United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555
- $30,000 from Oregon School Employees Association – Voice of Involved Classified Employees (2307)
- $10,000 from Pacific NW Regional Council of Carpenters, SSF
- $10,000 from Oregon League of Conservation Voters PAC (2352)
- $7,500 from Peter Goldman, a Seattle attorney
- $6,000 from Naral Pro-Choice Oregon PAC (172)
- $2,500 from Mt. & M Gaming, operator of The Last Frontier Casino in La Center, WA
Dennis Richardson’s larger contributions
- $25,000 from Sherman and Wanda Olsrud of Medford, OR
- $15,000 from Larry Keith of Salem, OR
- $15,000 from James Young of Lebanon, OR
- $15,000 from Freres Timber, Inc. of Lyons, OR
- $10,000 from Stephen M Greenleaf of Medford, OR
- $10,000 from Richard E Uihlein of Lake Forest, IL
- $10,000 from Murphy Co. of Eugene, OR
- $5,000 from Zidelle Collin s of Shady Grove, OR
- $5,000 from David A deVilleneuve of Central Point, OR