Public employee union money dominated the 2010 Oregon elections

In their tallying so far, reporting from the National Institute on Money In State Politics reveals that Oregon’s 2010 elections were dominated by public employee union money. A report of the top 20 contributors shows that the public employee unions made up 50% of those contributions, or $7 million.

The top 20 contributors make up a little over a third of the total 2010 campaign contributions.

Rounding out the top 20 contributors were a two-way tie for second between 1) ballot measure support for the Multnomah County casino and 2) agriculture/business/construction contributions – each at 11%, and then support for the ballot measure to continue lottery funding for parks (8%), Republican party contributions (5%), Republican donor Loren Parks (4%), Democratic party contributions (4%), pro Democratic cause group “Our Oregon” (3%), and then health industry contributions at 2% – split between Democratic & Republican candidates, and family donations to Allen Alley’s campaign – also at 2%.

The National Institute on Money In State Politics has processed 29% of the campaign finance reports so far.

Link to National Institute on Money In State Politics (Oregon 2010)

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  • Rupert in Springfield

    I am shocked…shocked… that public employee unions buy political influence.

  • Jc

    Madames of the Brothel (SEIU, OEA, etc.) paying their whooooores.

  • Bob Clark

    Public employee union campaign contributions is the story of Oregon politics going on more than twenty years now. Governance has been bought off such that governance no longer prioritizes for private sector growth but rather the protection and enrichment of public employees and bureaucracies. A story replicated across many blue states of the nation. Decertify public employee unions. They are both unneccessary and corrupting.

  • Anonymous

    Gubernatorial candidate Bill Sizemore attempted to warn Oregonians about this very threat, but the GOP chairman (a RINO he is) squelched Sizemore’s message. There’s big time trouble in the Beaver State’s GOP, as Oregon re-attempts to fly with her own wings – living up to her motto. No RINO should be allowed to compete in the 2012 primary; specifically, the state GOP committee is responsible for vetting candidates so those who disagree with the Oregon GOP’s party platform are disqualified from running as “Republicans” to protect Oregon GOP’s (suffering) integrity, brand, and reputation.

    • Valid

      It would be illegal for a handful of party hacks to disqualify anyone who is a duly registered member of either major political party to run for office as a member of that party.

      Personally, I would rather see rabid ideologues from both political parties barred from seeking public office or from commenting on politics at all. Unfortunately for me (and you) we have a Constitution that guarantees the rights of all citizens — be they a reasonable moderate or a moronic ideologue — the right to free speech and free association.

  • Pinkie French

    and the band begins.. .. .. soon enough the fat lady will be singing.

  • Workinghard

    Public employees are tasked to do the impossible. Without a strong union behind them they could not possibly endure the hardships of government work. I think the union should be even more willing to give money to those politicians who will help these struggling, underpaid servants of the people.

  • Pat Ryan

    I’m not seeing all of that anonymous money that was freed up to move by the Citizens United descision. They don’t seem to count that as having any influence at all, if it didn’t wind up on a C&E.

    Guess it’s like the tree falling in the forest. If no one was able to record it, write it down, and ID the donors, it didn’t happen.

  • Money in Politics

    This is preposterous. The institute that did this research shows that, at present, they’re only 32% of they way through the campaign finance reports. (And a quick look through what they have left to examine shows some gaping holes.)

    But even if the current trend holds, political contributions by labor far fall short of those given by corporate interests. At the moment, it shows “labor” (both private and public sector) having given about $8.5 million, while business interests gave more than $11.5 million. You were able to arrive at your clever little analysis above by being creative about how you categorize organizational giving.

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