The incumbents are raising a lot more money than their challengers in the legislative races for House Districts 2 and 7 and Senate Districts 1 and 4.
The News-Review looked at how much each candidate has raised this year, then drilled down into campaign donations since July 1 to see who the top contributors are to each campaign.
Megan Salter, Democratic candidate for state House District 2 has received $10,828 in campaign contributions in 2018.
Since July 1, the largest cash contribution to Salter’s campaign has been from Jacqueline Baker Pratt, who gave $1,000. Throughout the campaign, Salter hasn’t collected any single contribution more than that amount.
Also since July 1, Salter received $750 from Future PAC, House Builders, which supports Democratic candidates. The next largest contributions over that period were $500 apiece from Lillene Fifield, Richard Chasm and Diana Wales.
Miscellaneous cash contributions less than $100, totalling $3,021, make up 40 percent of Salter’s cash contributions since July 1.
Gary Leif, the Republican incumbent representative for House District 2, has received about four times as much money as Salter, having garnered $46,689 in campaign contributions this year.
Leif’s largest contribution since July 1 has been $5,000 from Jordan Cove Energy. Other top contributions during that time included the Oregon Soft Drink PAC, which gave $2,500, the Oregon Bankers PAC, which gave $2,000, Roseburg Forest Products, which gave $2,000, and the Oregon Hospital Political Action Committee, which gave two $2,000 contributions. Leif received $1,000 contributions from out-of-state contributors PhRMA (Pharmaceutical Research and Manufactures of America), and RAI Services Company. Other $1,000 contributors included the Oregon PERS Retirees PAC, the Oregon Realtors PAC, the Oregon Forest Industries Council, the Coalition for a Healthy Oregon, the Douglas County Physicians PAC, Lone Rock Timber Management, and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians. The Orloggers PAC gave two $1,000 contributions.
Leif has collected a comparatively small amount of donations from small, miscellaneous contributions under $100. Those contributions total $1,040 since July 1.
Christy Inskip, the Democrat running for House District 7, has generated $36,267 in campaign contributions this year.
Inskip has strong union support. Her largest contribution since July 1 has been the Oregon AFSCME Council 75, which donated $5,000. Other top contributors include Citizen Action for Political Education, which gave $3,000 in three separate contributions; the Joint Council of Teamsters No. 37 Political Fund, which gave $1,000; and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 280 PAC, which also gave $1,000.
Inskip has collected $7,015 in small, miscellaneous cash contributions under $100 since July 1. That’s 23 percent of the cash contributions to her campaign over the same time period.
Cedric Hayden, the Republican incumbent representative for House District 7, has raised about twice as much as Inskip this year, with $72,114 in contributions.
Hayden has strong support from the health care industry, having received both in-state and out-of-state contributions from health care PACs. His largest contributions come from those, as well as timber and other business interests. His largest contribution since July 1 has been $3,000 from the out-of-state organization PHRMA, representing the pharmaceutical industry. Other top out-of-state donors include Eli Lilly and Company, $2,500; Novartis FSC, $1,000; DaVita Inc., $1,000; Weyerhauser, $1,000, Ash Grove Cement, $1,000 and Pfizer Inc., $1,000. Top in-state contributors, at $2,500 apiece, are the Oregon Soft Drink PAC, Oregon Health Care Association PAC, and Dentists of Oregon. The Orloggers PAC gave $2,000 in two separate donations. Willamette Dental Group also gave $2,000. Capitol Dental Care, Inc. gave $1,500. Donors giving $1,000 included Tonkon Torp State PAC, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Oregon Forest Industries Council PAC, the Oregon Bankers PAC and the AGC Committee for Action.
Hayden has received only $200 in miscellaneous cash contributions smaller than $100 since July 1.
In Senate District 1, incumbent Republican Sen. Dallas Heard has raised $74,485 in 2018 campaign contributions.
His campaign’s top contributor since July 1 is the Oregon Hospital PAC, at $3,500. Other top contributors include the Oregon Soft Drink PAC, at $3,000; Charles Ireland, Jr., at $2,500; A&M Transport at $2,500; Swanson Group, at $2,500; Lone Rock Timber Management at $2,500; Oregon Realtors PAC at $2,500; Credit Union Legislative Actin Fund, at $2,000; Oregon Council of NECA Chapters, at $2,000; Richard E. Caddock Jr. at $2,000; PhRMA, at $1,500; Roseburg Forest Products at $1,500; and the Douglas County Physicians PAC at $1,500.
Heard has received just $100 in small, cash contributions under $100 since July 1.
Shannon Souza of Coos Bay, the Democratic challenger for Senate District 1, has received $46,984 in contributions in 2018.
Souza’s top contributors since July 1 have been individuals rather than businesses or PACs. David Bassett donated the most, a total of $8,000 since that time. Two out-of-state individuals were also among Souza’s top contributors. They were Herbert O Brayer at $2,300 and Cecilia Carr at $2,000. Friends for Floyd Prozanski donated $2,000 to Souza’s campaign. Prozanski is a Democratic state senator who represents Lane and North Douglas counties.
Organizations donating the most to Souza’s campaign since July 1 included the Oregon Coast Electrical PAC, the Citizen Action for Political Education, and the Democratic Party of Coos County, each of which donated $1,000.
Souza has received $6,049 in small, cash contributions under $100 since July 1.
In Senate District 4, incumbent Democratic Sen. Floyd Prozanski of Eugene has raised $77,908 in campaign contributions in 2018. His challengers, Republican Scott Rohter and Libertarian Frank Lengele have not reported any campaign contributions.
The top contributor to Prozanski’s campaign since July 1 is an individual, Tom Bowerman, who donated $9,975. Other top contributors include the Oregon Soft Drink PAC, which donated $4,000; Oregon Realtors PAC at $3,000; Oregon Trial Lawyers PAC at $2,500; Citizen Action for Political Education, which gave two $2,000 donations; Oregon State Fire Fighters Council at $2,000; and the Corrections PAC at $2,000.
Prozanski raised $590 since July 1 in small, cash contributions under $100.