“I think my affluence is pretty tapped at this point,” Pierce said. “I frankly need to be able to attract larger Republican donors.”
Pierce made the comments during the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association conference Friday at the Oregon Garden here. For the past 30 years, ONPA has traditionally hosted the first gubernatorial debate of the general election season. The debate turned into a one-person forum for Pierce, after Gov. Kate Brown declined to join in the event.
Pierce, a Salem oncologist, has contributed $1.365 million to his own campaign. He has raised about $700,000 in contributions from others and spent about $1.6 million. Pierce poured most of his money into a successful bid to gain name recognition and defeat his better-known opponent, Allen Alley, during the primary election in May. Pierce is relying on large donors to orchestrate his general election campaign, said Stacey Kafka, communications director of Pierce’s campaign.
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