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TOP DONORS.

Byline: The Register-Guard

Top 20 Lane County political donors based on five years of campaign finance records:

1. Aaron Jones and Seneca Sawmill Co.: $83,550 *

2. L.L. "Stub" Stewart and Bohemia lumber company: $51,280

3. Deborah Noble and West Wind Forest Products: $45,500

4. Jaqua family (law, farming and Nike stock): $44,950

5. Demers family & businesses (timberland dealers): $30,600

6. Babb family and Delta Sand & Gravel: $27,900

7. John Musumeci and Arlie & Co. (land development): $27,020

8. Giustina family and partnerships (real estate): $25,860

9. Cawood Communications (public relations): $25,780

10. Wildish family (gravel and construction): $20,350

11. Pape family (heavy equipment, banking, development): $20,070

12. Schwartz family (furniture): $18,830

13. Chambers family (communications and construction): $14,400

14. Vernon Egge and Egge Sand & Gravel: $12,900

15. Mayor Jim Torrey and Total Communications (advertising, consulting and real estate): $12,600

16. Lindholm Research (surveys and political consulting): $12,090

17. Hal Reed and Western Development (developer): $11,800

18. Connor and Woolley families (real estate): $11,150

19. PeaceHealth managers: $9,960

20. Stuart Barr and Industrial Finishes: $9,300

* Sums include contributions by family members, business partners and companies owned or controlled by the donor. Contributions are mainly cash gifts, but also include loans and in-kind work. Candidates who financed their own campaigns aren't included on the list.

GIVING BY SECTOR

Donations to Eugene, Springfield and Lane County politics over the past five years came from these sectors:

Forestry and forest products: $220,600 *

Real estate: $175,940

Heavy equipment and gravel: $93,510

Police and prosecutors: $87,700

Construction: $86,370

Civil servants and unions: $85,940

Candidate to self: $81,310

Sports/recreation: $55,870

Financial services: $53,270

Doctors and dentists: $44,740

Retail: $43,390

Lobbyists: $40,360

Public schools and unions: $39,580

Lawyers: $38,760

Business associations: $37,670

Manufacturing: $32,610

Computer and Internet: $28,750

Higher Education: $26,280

Environment and growth: $21,400

Business services: $20,920

Firefighters: $19,310

Retirees: $18,580

Music, radio, theater: $18,260

Automobile: $17,800

Motor home, bus and bike: $17,230

* Contributions are mainly cash gifts, but also include loans and in-kind work. Excludes donations where the donor occupation couldn't be identified. The nonprofit Center for Responsive Politics provided sector categories for the analysis.

All of the top 20 local donors also spent money on state-level candidates and measures over the last three two-year election cycles:

Aaron Jones and Seneca Sawmill Co.: $944,990

Demers family and businesses: $152,100

Lindholm Research: $114,000

Giustina family and partnerships: $81,350

Chambers family and businesses: $77,650

John Musumeci and Arlie & Co.: $68,500

Wildish family and businesses: $54,330

Babb family and Delta Sand & Gravel: $48,350

Pape family and businesses: $41,050

Vernon Egge and Egge Sand & Gravel: $35,750

Jaqua family and businesses: $20,300

L.L. "Stub" Stewart and Bohemia: $13,550

Stuart Barr and Industrial Finishes: $10,350

PeaceHealth: $7,750

Connor and Woolley family and firms: $5,010

Noble family and West Wind Forest Products: $2,650

Hal Reed and Western Development: $2,830

Schwartz family and businesses: $1,600

Cawood Communications: $1,100

Mayor Jim Torrey: $350

- Money in Politics Research Action Project

Nine of the top 20 local donors also gave to federal races over the past three two-year election cycles:

Giustina family and partnerships: $132,100

Aaron Jones and Seneca Sawmill Co.: $110,500

Demers family and businesses: $100,500

Chambers family and businesses: $56,450

Pape family and businesses: $53,950

Babb family and Delta Sand & Gravel: $16,650

Wildish family and businesses: $14,150

Hal Reed family and businesses: $13,400

Vernon Egge and Egge Sand & Gravel: $4,600

- Center for Responsive Politics

WHO GETS THE MONEY

These candidates attracted the most money over the past five years, campaign finance records show. The numbers cover gifts, loans and in-kind work listed on campaign finance records.

Lane County commissioner:

Bobby Green (won) $129,000

Anna Morrison (won) $119,000

Robert Mattson (lost) $78,000

Kitty Piercy (lost) $65,000

Tom Lininger (won) $48,000

Bill Dwyer (won) $43,000

Steve Cornacchia (lost) $18,000

Diane Burch (lost) $14,000

Eugene council/mayor:

David Kelly (won) $29,000

Jim Torrey (won) $26,000

Mike Lewis (lost) $26,000

Tracy Olsen (lost) $25,000

George Poling (won) $21,000

Mike Sherlock (lost) $19,000

Gary Pape (won) $19,000

Jennifer Solomon (won) $13,000

Betty Taylor (won) $13,000

Bonny Bettman (won) $12,000

LCC Board:

Marston Morgan (lost) $14,000

Robert Spooner (lost) $11,000

EWEB:

Peter Bartell (lost) $11,000

Eugene School Board:

Thomas Herrmann (lost) $11,000

- Lane County Elections, Eugene city recorder, Springfield city recorder

ON THE PUBLIC PAYROLL

Lane County's top political contributors did at least $113 million in business with local governments - from construction contracts to public relations help - in the past five years.

PeaceHealth: $70,336,000

Chambers family businesses: $24,482,000

Wildish family businesses: $10,265,000

Delta Sand & Gravel: $5,354,000

Pape family businesses: $2,188,000

Giustina family businesses: $228,000

Schwartz family businesses: $194,000

Egge Sand & Gravel: $159,000

Aaron Jones and Seneca Sawmill Co. $77,000

Lindholm Research: $16,000

Cawood Communications: $15,000

John Musumeci and Arlie & Co.: $6,800

- Eugene, Springfield and Lane County purchasing records
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