Oregon Pot Measure Struggles With Fundraising
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(CBS Seattle/AP) – Initiative 502, the measure aiming to legalize marijuana in Washington state, has seen a healthy helping of support, earning at least $4 million. The campaign increased by more than $1 million on Monday after major donations from an Ohio Insurance magnate and two executives of Kirkland’s Riverstyx Foundation.
Washington’s neighbor to the south, Oregon, is not even close.
According to campaign finance records, supporters of a measure to legalize marijuana in Oregon have raised almost no money for their effort and have less than $2,000 in the bank.
Advocates are relying on grassroots support instead of the big-spending donors who have bankrolled marijuana legalization initiatives elsewhere, said Roy Kaufmann, a spokesman for the Yes on 80 campaign.
“Oregonians tend to not appreciate when a lot of outside money comes in to campaigns,” Kaufmann said.
Proponents of other ballot measures were in a better financial position before Tuesday night’s deadline to report campaign contributions and expenditures through Sept. 24.
In fact, much lesser-known campaigns have been significantly more active.
State and national Realtor groups have chipped in nearly $2.7 million to a campaign asking voters to ban real-estate transfer taxes, and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde have contributed just over $1 million to oppose a privately owned casino east of Portland.
The investors who want to build a casino in Wood Village have yet to turn in their latest campaign finance data. They had spent $1.5 million through Aug. 24.
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