Healthcare Groups Among Donors to 'Yes' on 66, 67
January 6, 2010 -- The majority of the $3.5 million raised to support ballot measures 66 and 67 has come from public employee unions that represent over 130,000 Oregon workers. However, the healthcare community has also weighed in, according to data filed with the Oregon Elections Division reported by Common Cause.
The Oregon Health Care Association, which represents nursing and retirement homes, has contributed $101,000, making it the largest single contributor among health care entities, followed by CareOregon, which gave $25,000, while the Nurses Union PAC contributed $20,000.
SEIU Local 503 along with the Oregon Public Employees Union donated a combined $761,814.
Measures 66 and 67 will raise taxes on upper income individuals and corporations.
The following comes from a press release by Common Cause:
Have you been seeing all the ads for and against Measures 66 and 67 and wondering who is paying for those campaigns? Common Cause Oregon is "following the money" behind these campaigns in the January 26 special election.
Total fundraising is about the same with $3.5 million raised by the "Yes" campaign and $3.58 million raised by the "No" campaign. But $610,072 was given to the signature gathering effort that put these referenda on the ballot. That means that the "No" campaign has had about $2.97 million to spend on their campaign in opposition to Measures 66 and 67.
The top three "No" donors are $300,000 from the Oregon Local Grocery PAC, $228,360 from Associated General Contractors and its affiliated PAC, and $175,000 from the Oregon Auto Dealers Association. For all the details, click here.
The top three "yes" donors are $1,153,033 from the Oregon Education Association and its national affiliate, $1,000,000 from Oregon AFSCME Council 75 and its national affiliate, and $761,814 from Oregon Public Employees Union Local 503 of the Service Employees International Union with support from the SEIU national office. For all the details, click here.
To see who paid to put Meaures 66 and 67 on the ballot, please click here.
An overview of Measures 66 and 67 is provided here.