Thursday, August 30, 2012

LO City Campaign Finance Update - The Race for Your Taxpayer Contributions!

To All COLA LO Members,

Time to update ourselves on the supporters of the various candidates as the elections for City Council and Mayor are now only 67+ days away.

Who is winning the fundraising race and who is supporting the candidates?   So far the council fundraising race is clearly being won by two candidates:

And the winners are:

City Council: Bill Tierney Summary   ID 13233  Who has raised $3K from contributions mainly from utilities, developers, a political party, and local business owners.  His effort is followed closely by Dan Williams ID 14655.  Who has raised money from the fireman's local PAC, business executive, and individuals.  

While  Skip O'Neill ID 15855 has raised almost $8k, most of this has been in the form of loans and cash contributions from individuals.    Its a different strategy mainly self financing his campaign with some support form individual residents.  

MayorGreg Macpherson Committee ID 15485  Who has raised an incredible $36K with contributions mainly from attorneys, consultants, state elected officials, political consultants, and individuals. 

The remaining candidates have very limited or no finance activity and can be found at:

Kent Studebaker Committee id 15861, Jon Gustafson ID 15868, and
Terry Jordan  ID 15933.

Is a limited group of candidates running away with the election at an early stage in the race?   This may also be due to the influence of Political Action Committees who are also involved in fundraising. PAC's are playing an even wider role in local elections this year in Lake Oswego.  

The details on the campaign finance activity for the major PAC's are below.   

The clear winner in terms of PAC fundraising is LOCAL.   LOCAL Summary, having raised over $13K in donations.  However , they seem to have burned through the majority of their funds before the election even starts?  

Key Political Action Committees in Lake Oswego:
YES LOPL  Yes LO Public Library ID 15888
KLOG - Keep Lake Oswego Great   ID 13290
LOCAL - Lake Oswego Citizens Action League   ID 15492
LO Stewards -Lake Oswego Stewards ID 14366.

We will continue to update members on the fundraising activities of both candidates and PAC's including a detailed analysis of PAC supporters later in the election cycle.    Please notify all members, contacts, and friends.  

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