Out Damn FuturePac, Out We Say

On November 2, 2010, the people of Bend gave the heave-ho to the FuturePac, the gigantic Portland political action committee that used lies and deceptive political ads in its losing effort to re-elect Judy Stiegler to the House District 54 seat.  The arrogant FuturePac bosses thought they could tell the people of Bend what to do.  You can’t really blame the bosses, however, because Judy  apparently believed everything they told her and she followed their instructions to the letter.

Unfortunately for FuturePac most of the District 54 voters are not like Judy Stiegler.   They know what  they value and they don’t need or want big city liberals telling them what to do.  Now, all FuturePac has to show for its investment in Judy is $440,000 down the drain.  That’s how much it ended up spending to get Judy  elected in 2008 and trying to get her re-elected in 2010.    The $142,000 it pumped into Judy’s reelection campaign, primarily by supplying her campaigns ads, represented 47% of every dollar Judy received in 2010 and 7% of every dollar FuturePac spent this year.

FuturePac must be very disappointed by the voters rejection of Judy Stiegler.  The District 54 House seat was very important to it.  Based on the amount of money it spent on Judy it probably  believed that it had bought and paid for that seat fair and square.   Hopefully, FuturePac has learned a lesson and if it ever ventures back into central Oregon it will stop lying about what opposition candidates stand for.  Honesty is the best policy and if FuturePac had tried that this time, Judy just might have had a chance.


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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