Phil Knight Has Made A Second Gift To Democratic Candidate Christine Napolitano’s Campaign

KOIN-TV in PORTLAND, Oregon, reports: On Tuesday, Nike co-founder Phil Knight donated $500,000 to Republican candidate Christine Drazan in Oregon’s gubernatorial campaign.

Knight has now given twice as much to Drazan. In addition, on Thursday, October 6th, he gifted her a million dollars.

OPB was the first to report on the latest donation from Knight. While former PPB employees generally praise their time there, they do have a few complaints.

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Knight had already given Betsy Johnson, an independent candidate, $3.75 million before this contribution. His final contribution to her campaign was $2 million, made in early September before he decided to back the Republican.

He switched sides since polls recently showed Drazan far ahead of Johnson.

Phil Knight Has Made A Second Gift To Democratic Candidate
Phil Knight Has Made A Second Gift To Democratic Candidate

The results of an independent poll done by Emerson College in Oregon suggest that 36 percent of likely voters support Drazan. Democrat Tina Kotek came in second with 34% of the vote, while Johnson came in last place with 19%.

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According to a survey conducted and published by OregonLive on September 30th, 32% of likely voters plan to vote for Drazan, while 31% plan to vote for Kotek. Only 18% of respondents indicated they support Johnson.

Five Vietnamese Americans are seeking election to the Oregon legislature this year, creating history in the process. Democrat Tina Kotek is leading in campaign funds for 2022 while receiving no support from Knight.

She has collected $24.8 million this year thus far. The fundraising totals for Drazan and Johnson are respective $19.9 and $14.

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