Kulongoski, Saxton lead money race.Byline: David Steves The Register-Guard
SALEM - Republican Ron Saxton Ronald L. Saxton (born 1954, Albany, Oregon) is a lawyer and Republican politician in Oregon. He graduated from Albany High School in 1972, earned a bachelors degree from Willamette University in 1976 and Democrat Ted Kulongoski Theodore R. "Ted" Kulongoski (born November 5 1940, in rural Missouri) is an American Democratic politician. Since 2003, he has served as the Governor of Oregon. He was re-elected in 2006. hold big edges - in the form of hefty bank accounts - against their foes in the governor's race Noun 1. governor's race - a race for election to the governorship
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3. campaign finance reports issued Thursday.
Saxton reported an ending cash balance of $425,225 - far more than the $34,723 claimed by Jason Atkinson Jason Atkinson (born November 6, 1970 in Sacramento, California) is a Republican politician in the State of Oregon. Atkinson earned a Bachelors degree from Southern Oregon University in 1992 and a MBA from Willamette University in 1997. and $30,751 reported by Kevin Mannix Kevin Mannix is a politician, business attorney, and former chairman of the Republican Party in the U.S. state of Oregon.
Mannix has served in both houses of the Oregon Legislative Assembly, as a Democrat and, later, a Republican. . All three are vying for the May 16 nomination to face the winner of the Democratic primary.
Kulongoski continued to hold the biggest advantage against his two Democratic challengers. Kulongoski had $623,911 to spend while Jim Hill Jim Hill may refer to:
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Among Republicans, Saxton brought in $202,385 in the past month, bringing his total to $1.87 million. His biggest contributor was Ashland retiree Jed Meese, who gave him $25,000.
Mannix's fundraising pace appeared to drop off, as he reported raising just $74,346 last month. His biggest donor of the campaign cycle, Nevada millionaire Loren Parks, who had given him $381,000 through March, did not make any contributions in April, according to Mannix's report.
The third major Republican in the race, state Sen. Jason Atkinson of Central Point, continued to lag behind his better-financed rivals. He reported raising $37,927 in the past month, bringing his contributions total to $309,188. Atkinson's biggest contribution last month was $5,000 from Grizzly Adams Productions, based in Carson City Carson City, city (1990 pop. 40,443), state capital, W Nev., in the Eagle valley; inc. 1875. The city is a trade center for a mining and agricultural area. State government is the major employer, and tourism is economically important. , Nev., which produces Christian and "family-friendly" movies and television programming, according to its Web site.
Kulongoski raked in $229,612 last month. Even after spending $421,066, his huge starting balance left the governor with an ending cash balance of $623,911.
The governor got some help from Nike founder Phil Knight, who contributed $50,000.
Hill had a big month, raising $154,021 in April. Most of it - $127,586, came from the public-employee unions backing his candidacy after spurning Kulongoski because of his support for reductions in their pension benefits. That was enough to allow Hill to go on the air starting today with his first TV ad.
Sorenson maintained his shoestring ways, bringing in just $14,433 in contributions in April.
After expending $9,905, Sorenson was left with a cash balance of $11,893 for the campaign's final half-month. His biggest contributions were a handful of $1,000 donations from individuals.
Some of the candidates have gotten assists from outside groups. The "Neil Goldschmidt's Real Good Friend Ron Saxton" committee reported raising $100,000 - a single contribution from Parks - and spending all but $2,000 of it on ads. Those radio commercials have featured the "Oregon Story Lady," who becomes increasingly unhinged as she tells Republicans about Saxton's professional and political ties to the now-disgraced former governor who admitted that he had sex with a 14-year-old girl while he was Portland mayor in the 1970s.
The "Oregonians Against Off Reservation Casinos" committee, which has been run and financed by the Confederate Tribes of Grand Ronde, reported spending $615,000 - including $205,000 in the past month - on ads criticizing Kulongoski and praising Hill and Saxton for their positions on a rival tribe's planned gambling complex in the Columbia Gorge.
Here are total contributions and ending cash balances (in parentheses See parenthesis.
parentheses - See left parenthesis, right parenthesis. ) reported by the seven top candidates for governor, as of April 30:
Ted Kulongoski (D):
$1.49 million ($623,911)
Jim Hill (D): $265,008 ($144,638)
Peter Sorenson (D): $62,799 ($11,893)
Ron Saxton (R):
$1.87 million ($425,225)
Kevin Mannix (R):
$1.4 million ($30,751)
Jason Atkinson (R): $309,188 ($34,723)
Ben Westlund (I):
Reports not available.