Big corporate dollars continue to flow into Measure 90, the measure that would dramatically change our elections and make it easier for special interests to elect candidates that side with their narrow agenda – at the expense of working Oregonians.
Michael Bloomberg, the 8th richest man in the United States, just dropped $1.25 million into the election. Bloomberg's contribution is just the latest in a number of large checks sent from out-of-state billionaires to support the effort to replace Oregon's primary elections. In total, these special interests have contributed more than $4 million to-date, making Measure 90 one of the most heavily funded ballot measure campaigns in Oregon's history.It's got us wondering: What's in it for them?
What brings together this elite but small group of out-of-state billionaires, Associated Oregon Industries, and a number of other big corporations?
It's not hard to connect the dots.
Anti-worker, pro-corporate interests are trying to change how Oregon conducts our elections so they can more easily elect the types of candidates who will side with their corporate agenda. Measure 90 would replace our current May election with a "Top Two" system that essentially guarantees that only the two best-funded candidates would reach the November ballot.
Corporate funders must be spending millions to back Measure 90 because they think they get something out of it.
Don't let special interests choose candidates for us. Join nurses, firefighters, teachers, small business owners, police, and the Democratic Party of Oregon in saying: No on Measure 90!