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Finance reports say Republican challenger is hardly grass roots

From the Democrats side Larry Galizio has a variety of contributors, including political action committees, but from the Republican Shirley Parsons' side the money comes exclusively from Oregon business owners and managers

House District 35 Rep. Larry Galizio and his Republican challenger, Shirley Parsons proved they are both good at raising and spending campaign money in Washington County this election cycle. They don't have the most money so far, but they both have gone past the $100,000 mark since June.

The first required campaign finance reports were filed this week for candidates in the November elections and the details were released by the Oregon Secretary of State on Monday Oct. 2. The reports say that Galizio's campaign has gathered in $105,966 since June while Parson's campaign accumulated $97,378 in the same accounting period.

The incumbent, a Democrat, had $24,659 left over from the primary and has spent $108,920 so far this summer with most of the funds used to pay for staff, producing and mailing brochures to homeowners in the district, a television ad, and data gathering from voters by way of polling.

Galizio's campaign has $21,860 left for the run-up to election day. More funds can be contributed over the next five weeks and those contributions and expenditures will be reported in the second campaign finance report due Oct. 26.

The Galizio for District 35 campaign raised $40,568 in cash and was given additional money to directly pay invoices or was provided services totaling $65,397.

Galizio's largest contributor so far has been FuturePAC, a committee that raises funds from Oregon businesses, associations and individuals, then contributes funds to Democratic state legislature candidates. The Republican equivalent to this committee is Majority 2006. Over half of the $50,751 that FuturePAC contributed to the Galizio campaign paid for a television ad.

Also contributing to the Galizio campaign were The Oregon Education Association, $7,015; Oregon Nurses PAC; Service Employees International Union (SEIU), $5,899; Oregon Trial Lawyers, $3,000; Oregon AFSCME Council 75, $3,000; Professional Firefighters Association, $2,500.

The rest of the money came from individuals donors, other Democrat Party candidates, friends and family members of Galizio and money from neighborhood fundraisers.

Parson's campaign was able to keep $2,422 from the primary and she raised $63,740 in cash and $35,163 of in-kind contributions.

The campaign has spent $97,378, mostly for printing brochures, postage and one $10,426 charge for television ad spots.

Her contributors include the Republican Political Action Committee, Majority 2006, who gave her $31,984; Oregon Health Care Association, made up mostly of owners and managers of Metro area assisted living facilities, $12,244; and another Republican candidates fund, Speakers PAC, a committee that lists Donna Butler as treasurer. Butler is also Parsons' campaign treasurer and is connected to Parsons' campaign by way of her business, Capitol Accounting Service, a CPA firm in Silverton that does Parsons' campaign accounting.

The Oregon Restaurant Association, Oregon Forest Industry Council and the Oregon Loggers PAC is listed as having contributed $5,000 each. Although, the Oregon Loggers PAC Cash Expenditures Report (PC3) for the same reporting period since the primary says it has given Parsons $15,000.

All the rest of her contributions for this reporting period are associations, councils or political action committees like the Association of Builders and Contractors, Oregon Beverage, Oregon Telecommunications Association and AgPac Educational Services.