Thursday was the deadline to submit signatures to get measures on this fall’s ballot in Oregon. Five measures have already qualified, with a half-dozen more poised to make it.
At least half of the money that went towards signature gathering efforts came from a single source: Nevada businessman Loren Parks.
That’s according to a non-profit watchdog group called Democracy Reform Oregon.
The group’s director, Janice Thompson, says the concentration of so much money should raise questions in the minds of voters.
Janice Thompson: “Are the interests of this one large donor consistent with the interests of typical Oregonians who do not have $1.1 million in their back pockets to put measures on the ballot?”
Most of the Parks-funded measures involve conservative causes such as English-only education and merit pay for teachers.
Washington voters won’t have as many initiatives to consider. At most three will be on the ballot.
The most controversial could be a physician-assisted suicide proposal based on Oregon’s Death With Dignity law.