Corporations Donate $10 Million to Defeat Measure 97
We knew that our opponents — some of the biggest corporations in the world — would spend big so they could continue to avoid paying their fair share in Oregon. This week, they hit a huge milestone in their fundraising efforts: $10 million in reported contributions.
This $10 million milestone is noteworthy not just for its dollar amount, but because up until now, the opposition has gone out of its way to pretend to be driven by small businesses and Oregonians — just take a look at the coalition listed on its website. The facts show that’s just not the case: The majority of the opposition’s money comes from the large, out-of-state corporations that would pay more taxes under Measure 97.
Below is a list of donations made by some corporations to defeat Measure 97.
Protest corporate actions by
boycotting their businesses.
Grocery stores and agribusiness: ~$1.78M (~$1.66M without beer & wine) Albertson's-Safeway: $500K Kroger/Fred Meyer: $125K Tillamook Dairy Co-Op: $100K Wilco: $100K Sysco Corporation: $80K (plus $1490.02 in kind) Mid Columbia Producers, Inc.: $75K Papé Group: $75K (~$17.5K additional in kind) Cargill, Inc.: $61K Coastal Farm & Home Supply LLC: $50K Core-Mark International Inc.: $50K Grocery Outlet: $50K McLane Company, Inc.: $50K Harry and David: $35K DPI Specialty Foods: $25K Morrow County Grain Growers, Inc: $25K General Mills Inc.: $25K NORPAC Foods Inc.: $25K Oregon Freeze Dry: $25K US Bakery: $25K Oregon Farm Bureau Federation: $20K Packaging Corporation of America: $12K Caterpillar Inc.: $10K ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston: $10K Darigold Inc.: $10K Ever Fresh Fruit Company: $10K Oregon Neighborhood Store Association Political Action Committee: $10K Pacific Seafood Group Employee PAC: $10K Plaid Pantries, Inc.: $10K Tree Top, Inc.: $10K Umpqua Dairy Products Co.: $10K
Boardman Foods: $5K
Bob's Red Mill: $5K Oregon Cherry Growersl: $5K Oregon Foodpac: $5K Trailblazer Foods: $5K Western Equipment Dealers Association: $5K Jackson County Farm Bureau: $1K Oregon Fruit Products: $1K Roaring Springs Ranch, Inc.: $1K TRECO: $1K Yamhill County Farm Bureau: $1K Hockett Farms, Inc.: $.5K Klamath-Lake Co. Farm Bureau: $.5K McDonald Wholesale Co.: $.5K West Coast Beet Seed Company: $.5K Von Lubken Orchards, Inc.: $.5K Union County Farm Bureau: $.25K
Beer/wine distribution & bottling: $125K Columbia Distributing: $50K Willamette Beverage Co.: $25K Anheuser-Busch: $30K Owens Illinois Inc.: $10K Full Sail Brewing Company: $5K General Distributors Inc.: $5K
Forestry/ Construction/ Building Trades/ Real Estate: $~1.577 M Weyerhaeuser Company: $300K International Paper: $205K Membrane Holdings LLC: $200K Hoffman Construction Company: $100K Boise Cascade: $87.5K Hampton Affiliates: $75K On Electric Group, Inc.: $55K Collins Pine Company: $50K Freres Timber, Inc.: $50K Murphy Company: $50K Roseburg: $50K Jeld-Wen Employee PAC: $35K Seneca Jones Timber Company, LLC: $30K
CalPortland: $25K Columbia Forest Products: $25K Melvin Mark Companies: $25K South Coast Lumber Co.: $25K Starfire Lumber: $25K Wildish Land Co: $25K Lone Rock Timber Management Co.: $22.5K Timber Products Company: $20K Ochoco Lumber: $15K Forest City Trading Group, LLC: $12.5K Harder Mechanical Contractors, Inc.: $10K Oregon Assoc. of Realtors: $10K Peterson Machinery: $10K Stimson Lumber Company: $10K Thomas H. Ireland Incorporated (trucking for timber industry): $10K Douglas County Forest Products: $6.25K Green Diamond Resource Company: $6K
Bright Wood Corp.: $5K Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors Assoc. Political Action Fund: $5K Western States Equipment Co.: $5K Carr Construction Inc.: $2.5K Jay Norton Zidell Trust: $2.5K Oregon Mainline Paving, LLC: $2.5K Windy River (real estate developer): $2.5K Henry T Swigert: $2K Davis Tool Inc.: $1K Kirk Johansen: $1K Long Bros. Building Supply, Inc.: $1K Madden Industrial Craftsmen, Inc.: $1K Pacific Landscape Management: $1K Rosboro: $1K RSG Forest Products, Inc: $1K Van Well Building Supply Co.: $1K Pelican Bay Forest Products, Inc.: $.2K Health Care/ Insurance: ~ $1.336M
Cambia: $400K Standard Insurance: $395 (plus $3.45K in kind) State Farm Mutual Ins. Auto Ins. Co.: $212K (plus $336.67 in kind) Farmers Insurance: $150K Progressive Casualty Insurance Company: $72K Metlife: $60K George Kenneth Austin Jr. Trust (A-dec: Austin Dental Equipment Co.): $50K Healthcare Distribution Alliance: $50K Johnson & Johnson: $50K Liberty Mutual Insurance Company: $50K
American Family Insurance: $36K CardinalHealth: $25K Caremark RX Inc: $25K
CNA Insurance: $24K Nationwide Mutual Ins. Co.: $20K Property Casualty Insurers Association of America: $20K National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies Inc.: $15K Oregon Mutual Insurance Co.$13K McKesson Corporation: $10 K Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS): $10K Pacific Life Insurance Company: $10K Transamerica Life Insurance Company: $10K US Oncology Corporate, Inc.: $10K Association of California Life & Health Insurance Companies: $5K Country Financial: $5K CSAA Insurance Group: $5K Geico: $5K Grange Insurance Association: $3K Compass Oncology-MGMT Co: $2.5K Oncology Associates of Oregon, P.C.: $2.5K Cars/ Freight (including RR): $1.2M Lithia Motors: $505K Automobile Dealers Assoc of Portland: $250K Oregon Automobile Dealers Association: $170K BNSF Railway Company: $25K General Motors: $25K TEC Equipment - Mack & Volvo Dealership: $25K Lanphere Enterprises, Inc.: $20K UPS: $20K Dick's Auto Group: $15K Beaverton Toyota: $10K Central Oregon Trucking: $10K Herzog Meier Auto Center: $10K Suburban Chevrolet and Ford, Inc.: $10K Toyota of Gladstone: $10K Union Pacific Railroad Company: $10K Subaru of Bend: $9.6K Wentworth Chevrolet Subaru: $8K Carr Auto Group: $5K Capitol Chevrolet Cadillac Inc.: $5K Capitol Toyota Scion Inc.: $5K Kuni Automotive: $5K Northwest Jeep Inc.: $5K Southern Oregon Subaru: $4.84K Coos Bay Toyota: $4.8K Courtesy Ford Lincoln: $4.8K Robberson Ford Sales, Inc.: $4.8K Gresham Ford: $3K Ray Schultens Motors: $3K Withnell Motor Company: $2.5K Sunset Imports - Porsche Audi: $2K Wilsonville Chevrolet: $2K Northside Ford Truck Sales, Inc.: $1.96 TC Chevrolet, Inc.: $1.64K M.J. Goss Motor Company: $1.32K Oregon RV Dealers Association: $1K Precision Body & Paint Inc.: $1K Sheppard Motors: $1K Warrenton KIA: $1K Hubbard Chevrolet: $.5K
Oil and gas: ~1.172M Equilon Enterprises LLC (Shell): $250K Phillips 66: $217K PacifiCorp: $195K BP America: $169K PGE: $120K Pacific Power/Rocky Mountain Power PAC: $100K (Note PacifiCorp = Pacific Power) Natural Gas Political Action Committee: $80K NW Natural: $20K Western States Petroeum Assoc: $20K Byrnes Oil Co: $1K Star Oil Co.: $.5K
Costco: $125K The P&G (Procter & Gamble) Company: $100K
Amazon: $75K Macy's: $50K Nike Inc.: $50K Walmart Stores, Inc.: $50K Columbia Sportswear: $25K
Michael Powell (bookstore): $25K Ross Dress For Less, Inc.: $25K Target: $25K Nordstrom: $20K
Bi-Mart: $15K Gap Inc.: $10K Staples, Inc.: $10K Leupold & Stevens, Inc. (hunting/shooting): $10K SO Corp (DBA Ace Hardware - West): $1K St John's Ace Hardware: $1K Utilities/Telecoms: $490K Comcast: $315K Century Link: $70K Oregon Cable Telecommunications Assoc.: $50K BendBroadband: $20K Avista Utilities: $10K Charter Communications: $10K Consumer Cellular: $10K Oregon Association of Broadcasters Political Action Committee: $10K Frontier Communications: $5K Banks: ~$400K U.S. Bank - Oregon: $125K Umpqua Bank: $60K Wells Fargo: $50K Synergy by Association (is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Oregon Bankers Association): $50K Bank of the Cascades: $30K Pacific Continental Bank: $25K Oregon Bankers Assoc.: $20K Bank of Eastern Oregon: $10K Citizens Bank: $5K Columbia Community Bank: $5K Oregon Pacific Bank: $4K Clackamas County Bank: $2.5K People's Bank of Commerce: $2.5K Premier Community Bank: $2.5K Lewis & Clark Bank: $1.5K Pacific West Bank: $1K Summit Bank: $1K Washington Trust Bank: $1K Clatsop Community Ban: $.5K
Restaurant and Lodging: ~$143K Services Group of America, Inc.: $100K & $2.32K in-kind Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association - ORLAPAC: $20K Shari's Management Corporation: $15K
Hallmark Inns: $7.5K VIP's Industries, Inc.: $1K Recycling/ Waste/ Demolition: $112.5K Waste Connections, Inc.: $50K Oregon Refuse & Recycling Association: $25K Waste Management: $25K Republic Services, Inc.: $10K Far West Recycling: $2.5K Staton Companies: $1K OTHER: ~$240K Financial/ Accounting/ Legal/ Internet-based services/ etc. Peregrine Sports LLC (Portland Timbers, owned by Henry Merritt Paulson III): $45K SFP-B Limited Partnership: $40K Pacificor, LLC: $25K Navex Global: $20K Perkins & Co.: $15K (and additional $2.4K in-kind) Johnson Holding, Inc.: $10K PBA (Portland Business Alliance): $10K (additional $2807 in kind) Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt, P.C: $10K Sure ID, Inc.: $10K The Roseburg Area Chamber Political Action Committee: $7.85K United Heritage Financial Group, Inc.: $7K Harvest Management Sub LLC (Senior Living?): $5K Leader Capital Corp.: $5K Moss Adams LLP: $5K New Relic: $5K Tonkon Torp LLP: $5K KenThrasher: $5K Compli: $2.5K
Cloudability Inc.: $2.5K Smarsh: $2.5K West Coast Novelty Group (distributor of NFL, MLB, and NBA brands) : $1K