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Donors Who Gave More than Half the Money to the Measure 37 Campaign File Over $600 Million in Claims

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Publication Date: April 2007

Publisher(s): Democracy Reform Oregon

Author(s): Sarah Wetherson

Topic: Politics (Campaigns, lobbying, and pressure groups)

Type: News release

Coverage: Oregon


Contributors to the 2004 campaign to pass Measure 37 have filed claims under the measure worth at least $600 million, according to an analysis from the Money in Politics Research Action Project (MiPRAP). Campaign donors who have filed land-use claims under Measure 37 provided more than half (56 percent) of the funding for the campaign and comprised about 4 percent (or 31) of the campaign's donors.

"There are many reasons why campaign contributors give money," said Sarah Wetherson, research and outreach associate with MiPRAP. "Most of the contributors to Measure 37 have not filed claims. However, several donors who provided major backing for the campaign are in a position to take advantage of the change in law they brought about. They are not all the regular folks who just want to build a dream house that we heard about in the campaign."