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This week the Federal Election Commission (FEC) released campaign finance data for the third quarter (Q3) of 2018.

The data for Oregon Congressional District 2 (CD-2) reveal that Greg Walden’s campaign is being funded primarily by corporations and corporate political action committees (PACs).

Major contributors to Greg Walden’s campaign include pharmaceutical and healthcare related PACs ($792,700); PACs representing oil, gas, and mining companies ($467,600); and PACs representing the telecommunications and electronics industry ($295,000).

According to the FEC data, only 8 percent of Greg Walden’s campaign contributions come from individuals living in CD-2.

Why does this matter? It matters because these corporations are attempting to influence Greg Walden’s votes on issues that are important to CD-2 residents. Pharmaceutical industry PACs are betting on Walden to continue to vote against laws allowing drug price negotiations in Medicare Part D (e.g., House Resolution 4).

The fossil fuels industry is hoping that Walden will continue to vote to weaken air pollution standards (e.g., H.R. 1119 and H.R. 806) and allow additional oil and natural gas drilling (e.g., H.R. 4606).

The telecommunications industry is banking on Walden to continue to oppose net neutrality and online privacy protections (e.g., H.R. 5252 and S J Res 34).

Unlike Greg Walden, Jamie McLeod-Skinner will work for the residents of CD-2 and not mega-corporations and outside interests.

Jamie’s campaign has raised more than $1 million through individual donations and has accepted $0 from corporate PACs. I encourage everyone to vote for Jamie McLeod-Skinner this November.

Adrian Jones

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Gerry OBrien, Editor