FuturePac’s 389,000 Reasons

FuturePac is a giant political action committee out of Portland created by democrats for the purpose of electing democrats to Oregon House.  The current boss of the FuturePac is Rep. Dave Hunt who is also the Speaker of the Oregon House.   As the the most powerful democrat in the Oregon House, other Democrats in the House listen very carefully to what Mr. Hunt wants them to do.  If they follow the party line, FuturePac will provide them with financial support in the next election. 

FuturePac has become Rep. Judy Stiegler’s largest campaign contribution during the 2010 campaign, giving her over $90,0000 which is about 40% of every dollar that Judy has received.   But FuturePac has a lot of reasons to want Rep. Judy Stiegler to be re-elected to the Oregon House. In fact, FuturePac has 389,000 reasons to see that happen and every one of those reasons is green.  Green, just like a dollar bill.  That’s because FuturePac has invested over $389,000 in getting Judy elected in 2008 and trying to get her re-elected in  2010.   That is about 9% of every dollar FuturePac has spent during 2008 and 2010.   House District 54 is very important to FuturePac’s plans for Oregon.

So far, FuturePac’s investment in Judy Stiegler has paid off handsomely.   In the 2009 legislature, Judy voted for every measure promoted by the House democratic leadership.  By securing Judy’s election in 2008 with a massive infusion of financial support in excess of $290,000,  FuturePac insured that the  House District 54 vote would be there to support its objectives whenever that support was needed.   A perfect example is Measures 66 and 67 which were passed by the legislature with the help of Judy Stiegler’s votes even though the majority District 54 residents opposed those measures. 

Early in the 2010 campaign, Judy scoffed at the idea that she was a big city liberal in her “Bunk” ads.  It may be true that Judy, herself, is not such a person.  Unfortunately, however, it appears that she has decided to do the bidding for big city liberals.  We will soon find out if the people of District 54 approve of that arrangement.


About Dan Re

I am an attorney who has lived in Bend and practiced law since 1981. In educating myself about the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), I was shocked at how the PERS laws were changed by the legislature, once legislators were allowed to join PERS in 1971, 26 years after PERS was first created. Those changes personally benefitted the legislators who made them at the direct financial expense of the people they were elected to represent. That is wrong and I intend to change it. In 2009, I started a non-profit 501(c)(4) corporation, In RE The People, Inc., for the purpose of informing concerned citizens of what happened regarding PERS and other issues of social and civic importance. I then created this blog to further that objective.
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