Koch Brothers Funding Top Two Primary

 noonmeasure90.png   The Koch brothers, through their firm Koch Industries, are providing significant funding to a major supporter of Measure 90, the top two primary proposal.  "The Koch brothers join a parade of corporations, corporate executives, and big-time financiers in bankrolling Measure 90," said Seth Woolley of the Pacific Green Party.  "They correctly perceive Measure 90 as a way for the corporations to control Oregon."

Koch Brothers Provide Significant Funding to Top Two Primary (Measure 90) Supporters
FOR RELEASE:  9/16/2014

The Koch brothers, through their firm Koch Industries, are providing significant funding to a major supporter of Measure 90, the top two primary proposal.

The political committee of Associated Oregon Industries (AOI PAC, ID #10) reported on September 3 receiving a $10,000 contribution from Koch Industries.  The AOI PAC on September 2 reported giving a $50,000 contribution to Vote Yes on Measure 90 (ID #17001), making it at that time the largest financial backer of the measure.  It was later topped by the $60,000 contribution from the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Administrators.

Koch Industries, at $25,000, is the third largest aggregate contributor to the AOI PAC, behind only Daimler Trucks LLC and ESCO Corp.

"The Koch brothers join a parade of corporations, corporate executives, and big-time financiers in bankrolling Measure 90," said Seth Woolley of the Pacific Green Party.  "They correctly perceive Measure 90 as a way for the corporations to control Oregon."

The largest contributors to the Yes on Measure 90 PAC are:

Amount
Donor
description
60,000
Oregon Assn Hospitals & Health Administrators
medical care corporations
50,000
AOI Prosperity PAC
various corporations
25,000
Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Assn
hotels and restaurants
25,000
The Standard
insurance company
25,000
Ron Tonkin Management
car dealerships
20,000
Donald Tykeson
cable TV executive
15,000
Greg Goodman
parking & real estate executive
10,000
Henry Ritz
Oregon Title Insurance executive, retired
10,000
Roderick Wendt
forest products executive
10,000
Irving Levin
Genesis Financial Solutions
10,000
Harsch Investment Group
private investment company
10,000
Susan Schnitzer
part owner, Schnitzer Steel Corp. and others
7,500
Edward Meletis
Columbia Distributing Co. executive (beverages)
7,500
William Swindells
retired chair of Willamette Industries (timber) and Oregon Steel Mills
7,500
Keith Barnes
chair of Barnes Capital Management, private financier
7,000
Richard Parker, Jr.
United Finance Co. executive


As of 30 days ago, the Vote Yes on Measure 90 Committee had raised $382,836.  This is in addition to the $623,830 raised and spent by the Every Oregon Voter Counts Committee (ID #16892), which paid circulators to collect the signatures to put Measure 90 on the ballot.  Virtually all of that money was also obtained from corporations and corporate executives (current or retired).


The Protect Our Vote Committee (ID #17013), the only committee dedicated to opposing Measure 90, had raised $20,604, as of 30 days ago.

Contacts:

Dan Meek
for Oregon Progressive Party
press@meek.net
503-293-9021
Blair Bobier
for Pacific Green Party
blairbobier@hotmail.com
503.559.6176
Seth Woolley
for Pacific Green Party
seth@swoolley.org
503-953-3943
David Delk
for Alliance for Democracy
davidafd@ymail.com
503-232-5495


For more information:
progparty.org/toptwo
noonmeasure90.org
saveoregonsdemocracy.org (regarding the essentially identical Measure 65 from 2008)

www.pacificgreens.org