Jeff Merkley not popular at home. 96 percent of donations out of state.

Number of Merkley Donors: 146
From Oregon: 9
Percent from Oregon: 6%

Total contributions: $254,390
Dollars from Oregon: $10,600
Percent from Oregon: 4%

Note: 254390 Total Contributions listed on 48 Reports.

Here is an interesting story on Merkley…

Oregon race could spell end of Schumer streak
Saturday, May 17, 2008

WASHINGTON (AP) “” As head of the deep-pocketed Democratic Senatorial Campaign Commission, New York Sen. Charles Schumer hand-picked his party’s nominee to take on Oregon Sen. Gordon Smith, the last Republican standing on the West Coast.

But apparently, Schumer forgot to inform the state’s voters.

Days before votes are counted in the Oregon primary, Schumer’s choice “” Oregon House Speaker Jeff Merkley “” is in a tight battle with Portland lawyer and activist Steve Novick. Polls show the race is too close to call.

If Novick pulls off the upset, it could be a rare loss for Schumer, who acquired a reputation as a recruitment kingmaker after steering Democrats back to majority control of the Senate in 2006. This year, Schumer is working to expand that majority, with some Democrats even hoping for a 60-seat, filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.

The DSCC is working overtime to make sure Merkley ekes out a win. Schumer, who recruited Merkley after two Democrats in the state’s congressional delegation declined to run, has sent fundraising appeals on Merkley’s behalf, and the DSCC has spent nearly $300,000 on TV ads boosting Merkley.

All that effort has left Novick puzzled….