Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Has the Fundraising Race for Your City Council Already Been Won?

To All COLA LO Members,

Big changes continue in the race for your campaign contributions to win election to our city council.  However a pattern is unfolding in terms of which candidates may end up winning the contributions race.

 It's time to update ourselves on the supporters for  the various candidates for City Council and Mayor.  There are now only 40+ days before the election.

Is a limited group of candidates running away with the election at an early stage in the race?  Its a question residents should be asking themselves as we evaluate the efforts of all candidates. So far the council and Mayoral fundraising races are clearly being won by three candidates.

City Council:

Skip O'Neill ID 15855 has raised $14k, with about half of it in the form of loans.  He also now has a whopping $10K cash balance to spend on the final weeks of the race.     Cash contributions from individuals are now kicking in and he has clearly out raised all the council candidates. He continues to employ a strategy of early self financing his campaign with long term  support from individual residents and the fireman's local PAC. 

His effort is followed closely by Dan Williams ID 14655  who has now raised nearly $8k from the fireman's local PAC, a business executive, and individuals.  He has a cash balance of $5k  for the final weeks of the race.  

Bill Tierney Summary   ID 13233  Who has raised nearly $6K from contributions mainly from utilities, developers, a political party, and local business owners has $4k remaining in cash.   Jon Gustafson ID 15868  follows closely behind with $5K in contributions and $2k remaining in cash.     


MayorGreg Macpherson Committee ID 15485  has raised an incredible $42K with contributions mainly from attorneys, consultants, state elected officials, political consultants, and individuals. He currently has $35K in cash available for the final weeks of the campaign.    A recent Oregonian Article summarized his contributors Mayoral Campaign fundraising.
In the article the Oregonian states:   "Most of Macpherson’s biggest donations come from outside Lake Oswego, such as $2,012 and $1,000 from Portland lawyers Phil Walsh and Tom Kramer, respectively. Wilsonville resident Danton Wagner also donated $1,000. Lake Oswego resident Caroline Borduin, who is the president of organization Democracy Talking, also topped the giving list with $1,000. Several Democratic politicians donated, including Clackamas County commissioner Ann Lininger, the campaigns of state Sen. Richard Devlin, D-Lake Oswego, state Rep. Tobias Read, D-Beaverton, and state Rep. Chris Garrett, D-Lake Oswego. Denise Frisbee, former Lake Oswego planning director who retired at the end of 2011, donated $600 to Macpherson’s campaign and $150 to Councilor Bill Tierney’s re-election campaign."
Kent Studebaker Committee id 15861 for mayor has raised $10k from Physicians, attorneys, and one city councilor.  He has approximately $3K in cash to spend in the final weeks of the election.  

Other candidates: 

The remaining candidates have very limited or no finance activity and can be found at:  Terry Jordan  ID 15933  has raised $1k in contributions while Karen Bowerman  ID 15921 shows no finance activity.  

We will continue to update members on the fundraising activities of both candidates and PAC's.   

 Please notify all members, contacts, and friends.  

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