Who are the big contributors to the “yes” side?
- Oregon Education Association, which represents 47,000 teachers: $827,000
- Service Employees International Union Local 503, which represents 45,000 state workers: $493,000
- American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which represents 27,000 corrections officers and local government workers: $400,000
- SEIU (National Chapter): $250,000
- American Federation of Teachers, which represents 11,000 Oregon educators, mostly at the community-college level: $200,000
- Largest individual donor—Leland Larson, a longtime giver to progressive causes and landlord of Dignity Village: $10,000
Who are the big contributors to the “no” side?
Unsurprisingly, many of those most opposed to the new taxes face a bite from the new tax on sales. The companies who stand to pay the biggest increase are those with large sales but small profits—so-called “small-margin” businesses—such as:
- Construction contractors, who work on large-dollar, slim-margin projects. The total from contractors and their executives: $300,000
- Oregon Local Grocery Association, perhaps the slimmest-margin industry in the state: $226,000
- Timber companies, the most reliable source of money for conservative causes in Oregon politics: $237,000
- Oregon Restaurant Association, whose members work in a notoriously small-margin business: $140,000
- Utilities—although as a sector they will be hardest hit by the increased income taxes because they have large in-state sales and profits, they can pass along the increases to customers: $75,000
- Largest individual donors: Nike CEO Phil Knight and Columbia Sportswear CEO Tim Boyle, $50,000 each. Both have been critics of government inefficiency. “I compare the Oregon tax system to a stereo system built around an 8-track player,” Boyle says. “There is widespread agreement that it’s not a good system, that there are better systems, and that it is outdated and needs improvement. But instead of working to find and implement those improvements, someone rushes in and decides that the answer is to just turn up the volume.”
No one more confused than an Oregon ProRegressive. Enough for me the OEA & SEIU sunk over a million bucks in….speaks volumes. VOTE NO!