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Vote NO on Measure 90

Koch Brothers Provide Significant Funding to Top Two Primary 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:

Largest Contributors to the Yes on Measure 90 PAC
60,000Oregon Assn Hospitals & Health Administratorsmedical care corporations
50,000AOI Prosperity PACvarious corporations
25,000Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Assnhotels and restaurants
25,000The Standardinsurance company
25,000Ron Tonkin Managementcar dealerships
20,000Donald Tykesoncable TV executive
15,000Greg Goodmanparking & real estate executive
10,000Henry RitzOregon Title Insurance executive, retired
10,000Roderick Wendtforest products executive
10,000Irving LevinGenesis Financial Solutions
10,000Harsch Investment Groupprivate investment company
10,000Susan Schnitzerpart owner, Schnitzer Steel Corp. and others
7,500Edward MeletisColumbia Distributing Co. executive (beverages)
7,500William Swindellsretired chair of Willamette Industries (timber) and Oregon Steel Mills
7,500Keith Barneschair of Barnes Capital Management, private financier
7,000Richard 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.