Union money continues to pour into the House District 58 campaign of Republican John Turner of Pendleton with just a few days until ballots are due. He's in a tough primary with Greg Barreto of Cove to succeed outgoing Rep. Bob Jenson, also of Pendleton.
Oregonians for Rural Jobs, a political action committee Jenson formed almost a month ago, has donated $32,100 to Turner, making the PAC his top contributor, according to Orestar, Oregon's online database of campaign finances.
Oregon's largest labor union, Service Employees International Union Local 503, is the biggest giver to Rural Jobs with $40,000 so far.
Rural Jobs' last donation to Turner's campaign was $16,400 on April 7. Turner's treasurer, Donna Butler of Silverton, said the campaign received the check April 9. Under Oregon elections reporting requirements she had until Friday at 11:59 p.m. to record the funds in Orestar.
The Oregon Health Care Association PAC has given $2,500 to Turner and $15,000 to Rural Jobs. Turner also has received $7,500 from Doctors for Healthy Communities PAC.
Turner's top expense remains the public relations firm Pac/West Communications, Wilsonville, which he has paid almost $44,000. Barreto's top cost is a little more than $24,000 to The Tacher Company, Bellevue, for TV and radio ads.
Funding for Barreto has slowed. This week he received $1,000 from Robert Beck of Cove, $500 from Bruce Bateman of Medford and $250 from Lanny Hildebrandt, an accountant in La Grande. Below is a breakdown of the campaign finances as of Friday morning:
Total contributions: $167,576.11
Total expenditures: $164,938.40
Cash on hand: $2,637.71
Total contributions: $91,152.38
Total expenditures: $79,573.32
Cash on hand: $11,579.06
This story originally appeared in East Oregonian.