Betsy Johnson, an independent candidate for governor in Oregon, incurred expenses of over $900,000 while collecting signatures to ensure that she would be included on the ballot for the fall election.
According to reporting from The Oregonian and OregonLive, Johnson’s campaign disclosed late Monday night that it had paid a Washington signature collection business $897,000.
In November, the former member of the state legislature will compete against the Democratic contender Tina Kotek, who is also a former Speaker of the Oregon House, as well as the Republican nominee Christine Drazan, who was a former leader of the minority Republican caucus in the House.
In the last month, Johnson’s team handed over around 48,000 signatures to the election authorities working for Secretary of State Shemia Fagan. In order for Johnson to meet the requirements, they had to establish that 23,744 of those were legitimate.
According to the laws of the state of Oregon, the minimum number of signatures required is equivalent to one percent of the total number of votes cast in the state’s most recent presidential election.
Elections authorities from the state have determined that 37,700 of the signatures submitted are legitimate.
Because Johnson is not running under the auspices of a political party, she was allowed to avoid participating in the primary election in Oregon in May, which was the contest that decided who her two major-party opponents would be.
Johnson had significantly more cash on hand after the primary with a total of $4.2 million, whereas neither of his competitors can boast of having more than $2 million in their campaign coffers, despite the fact that he ran his campaign without the support of either the Democratic or Republican parties. This was the case as of the end of August.
Tuesday, November 8 is the day of the election in Oregon. Voters will begin receiving ballots on October 19.
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