So far during the 2010 campaign for Oregon House District 54, incumbent Representative Judy Stiegler has raised almost $147,000 in campaign contributions. Over 56% of that amount was provided by just three big Willamette Valley political action committees. The Citizens Action For Political Education, of Salem, has contributed $26,294, Futures PAC, House Builders (no, it doesn’t build houses – it supports liberal candidates for the Oregon House of Representatives), a Portland organization, has provided $37,821 and the Oregon Education Association – People For Improvement of Education, also headquartered in Portland, has given $17,863. That’s a total of $81,978. Big bucks from big organizations a long ways from central Oregon.
Even thought those organizations have little, if anything, to do with central Oregon they sure do love Representative Stiegler. But, from their perspective, what’s not to love? Even though the clear majority of people in House District 54 opposed Ballot Measures 66 and 67, Representative Stiegler campaigned hard in support of those measures. When they both passed on the state-wide vote, she exuberantly celebrated the victory with her political allies in the Valley.
That’s why those Valley PACs love her and that’s why they have pump more money into her re-election campaign that anyone else. They admire her willingness to reject the will of her constituents. They appreciate her support for their big city, tax and spend, ways. When they needed her support, she gave it to them enthusiastically and now they are returning the favor. Representative Stiegler can now just sit back and reap the benefits of her decision to champion they causes of those organizations.