Elections

Ballot Measure Spending Could Top $10 Million

OPB | Jan. 15, 2010 2:06 a.m. | Updated: July 17, 2012 1:09 a.m. | Salem, OR

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By Chris Lehman

This month's tax vote in Oregon is shaping up to be one of the most expensive ballot measure campaigns in state history. Contributions for and against the pair of tax measures could top ten million dollars. Chris Lehman reports.


The groups on both sides of Measures 66 and 67 have raised a combined $8.5 million so far with no signs of slowing down.

The Vote No group is getting support from businesses.  The Vote Yes group, in favor of the taxes, is receiving most of its money from public employee unions.

So far the Yes side is outspending the No side.

Janice Thompson of Common Cause Oregon says that's not surprising since they'll have to work harder to convince undecided voters.

Janice Thompson: "They're more likely to sit out or when in doubt, vote no. And so the yes side has to kind of get those default no kind of voters and get people out."

Even at $10 million this wouldn't break the Oregon record for initiative campaigns set in 2008.

That year unions raised more than $15 million to defeat a slate of measures sponsored by initiative activist Bill Sizemore.

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