It wasn’t disclosed until Wednesday how much money independent governor’s candidate Betsy Johnson raised in September.
That’s because state law permitted candidates to postpone reporting campaign transactions that occurred through September 4 by up to 30 days. Candidates must declare transactions within seven days for the balance of the election season. All transactions that occurred after September 4 were to be reported by midnight on Tuesday.
According to the latest information, Johnson has raised $16.2 million in total, which is $2.6 million more than Republican Christine Drazan and $3.4 million more than Democrat Tina Kotek. Johnson has also outspent them by $4.3 million.
Kotek and Drazan have previously submitted their recent contributions and expenditure reports by the deadline on Tuesday night, whereas Johnson has postponed reporting to the greatest degree permitted.
According to the campaign finance reports, Johnson continued to receive contributions in September, including seven over $100,000 that wasn’t previously disclosed.
One of the biggest timber companies in the country, Sierra Pacific Industries, situated in California, gave Johnson another $300,000, bringing their combined donations to Johnson to more than $500,000. Tim Boyle, CEO of Columbia Sportswear, gave her an additional $300,000, increasing his total donations to almost $785,000. Additionally, the Eugene-based The Pape Group donated an additional $250,000 to Johnson, bringing their combined donations to more than $750,000.
Large donations were also provided by the Kathleen Jones-McCann and Robert Freres Jr. heirs of the timber industry ($250,000 and $150,000, respectively), the barge and maritime company Sause Bros. ($100,000), and the building materials distributor OrePac ($100,000).
The latest campaign finance disclosures were released a day after it was revealed that Johnson received a $2 million donation from Nike co-founder Phil Knight in early September, bringing his total contributions from Oregon’s most well-known billionaire to $3.75 million.
According to recent campaign finance disclosures, Johnson made significant expenditures in September. She disclosed an additional $3.88 million in spending, $3.35 million of which went toward advertising. She also spent $72,000 on surveys, according to campaign finance filings.
Despite a number of recent polls placing Johnson significantly behind Drazan and Kotek, Johnson has continued to collect sizable donations.
In a late-September poll commissioned by The Oregonian/OregonLive, Kotek and Drazan were tied at 32% each, while Johnson received only 18% of the vote. 15% of respondents were still unsure according to the DHM Research poll, which had a plus or minus 4 percentage point margin of error.
Since January 2021, Johnson has raised over $16.2 million and spent nearly $14.7 million, according to state statistics. Drazan reported raising $12.8 million and spending $10.4 million over that time, compared to Kotek’s $13.6 million and $10.4 million expenditures.
The Republican Governors Association donated an additional $1.5 million to Drazan on Wednesday, raising their total contribution to her campaign to almost $4.1 million, according to the report from her campaign. Additionally, Kotek’s campaign said Tuesday night that the Democratic Governors Association gave her another $1 million in late September, increasing their overall expenditure on her to $4.1 million.
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