With polls showing Republican Dennis Richardson leading Democrat Brad Avakian in the Oregon Secretary of State race, it looks like Avakian’s supporters are worried.
Just in the first three days of this month they pumped $398,915 into his campaign, according to state filings.
Although union members account for just 14.8 percent of wage and salary workers in Oregon, they play a big role in Avakian’s campaign. Union donations in the first three days of November included:
- The NEA Fund for Children and Public Education – $50,000
- AFSCME – $30,000
- Local 48 Electricians PAC (4572) – $15,000
- American Federation of Teachers-Oregon Candidate PAC (113) – $10,000
- Ironworkers Political Action League Muti Candidate Committee – $5,000
- Our Oregon – $5,000
- Oregon AFSCME Council 75 – $4,000
Some donors to other Democratic candidates may be surprised to learn that another significant source of recent donations to Avakian is the campaign committees of fellow Democratic candidates. In a move that should be prohibited, those committees simply took contributions to them and, in effect, passed them on to Avakian.
These donors include:
- Friends of Tobias Read – $5,000
- Sara Gelser for State Senate (4680) – $1,000
- Blumenauer for Congress – $2,000
- Friends of Mark Hass (11487) – $1,000
- Rosenbaum for Senate (Diane) (1430) – $1,000
- Friends of Lee Beyer (14049) – $5,000
- Friends of Tina Kotek (4792) – $5,000
- Reardon for Oregon (15621) – $3,000
- Kurt Schrader for Congress – $5,000
- Elect Ellen Rosenblum for Attorney General (15406) – $5,000
- Friends of Jeff Barker (4270) – $2,000
- Friends of Jennifer Williamson (15145) – $2,500
Other large contributors to Avakian’s campaign in early November included the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians ($10,000) , the Oregon Health Care Association PAC (275), $5,000) , Cain Petroleum ($5,000) and James D. Fuiten, President of Metro West Ambulance ($5,000).
These recent contributions brought Avakian’s campaign committee total to $2,216,482.79 as of Nov. 3, 2016, substantially more than the $1,490,837.52 raised by Richardson, as of Nov. 4.
We’ll see whether all this loot can pull Avakian ahead.