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Out-of-state union $$ color Oregon ballots

Staying #1 in the nation in social-justice fraud
Voter Pamphlets for Oregon’s Jan. 26 special election were mailed last week, as both sides of the tax debate prepare for the final stretch of the campaign.

Measures 66 and 67 resulted from $733 million in tax increases passed by the Legislature last year to fill growing budget gaps. Immediately after the session adjourned, business groups throughout the state worked with Conservative-leaning organizations to gather enough signatures to refer the hikes to voters.

If passed, Measure 66 would raise the tax on incomes at or above $250,000 for households and $125,000 for individuals. It also would eliminate income taxes on the first $2,400 of unemployment benefits received in 2009 and raise an estimated $472 million in revenues for the state during its first year.

According to the Oregon Secretary of State’s Website, Vote Yes for Oregon netted $3.4 million in contributions as of Dec. 29. It posted $2.2 million in expenditures, with a $1.2 million cash balance remaining.

During December, Vote Yes for Oregon received two contributions from the Oregon Education Association (OEA) totaling $800,000. The national America Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) contributed $500,000. Oregon AFSCME Council 75 made two contributions totaling $250,000, an amount matched by Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

SEIU Local 503 kicked in an additional $210,000, and the Oregon American Federation of Teachers Political and Legislative Action Network Political Action Committee (PAC) contributed $200,000.

During November, SEIU Local 503 contributed $200,000 and Oregon AFSCME Council 75 put in $250,000. The OEA contributed $300,000 that month.

In September, SEIU Local 503 gave $75,000 to Vote Yes for Oregon.

OAJKT showed $3.2 million in contributions as of Dec. 29, with expenditures near the same amount and an ending cash balance of around $48,000.
(from illinois-valley-news.com)

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