Republican U.S. Rep. Lori Chavez-DeRemer has raised more money for her re-election campaign than any other member of Oregon’s congressional delegation, quarterly campaign finance reports show.
Chavez-DeRemer, a freshman who narrowly won her race in the 5th Congressional District spanning from southeast Portland to Bend, raised more than $635,000 between Jan. 1 and May 31. Democratic Rep. Andrea Salinas, in the 6th District, was the second-highest fundraiser, collecting a little more than $300,000 in the same time period.
Both seats are considered top targets as Republicans attempt to protect their House majority in 2024 and Democrats try to retake the House.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee earlier this month named the 5th District as one of 33 districts it will focus on in 2024, while the National Republican Congressional Committee has Salinas and Democratic Rep. Val Hoyle, elected last year to represent southwestern Oregon, in its crosshairs.
Hoyle had an easier path to victory over former national guardsman and two-time failed congressional candidate Alek Skarlatos than either Chavez-DeRemer or Salinas.
The bulk of Chavez-DeRemer’s fundraising comes from other political action committees, including about $135,000 from House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s Protect the House 2024 PAC.
Her largest Oregon-based donors include Bend wealth management executive Tim Phillips and Lake Oswego Realtor Don Morissette, both of whom gave the maximum $3,300 per election allowed by individuals, as well as Nike’s political action committee, which gave her $5,000.
In total, Chavez-DeRemer received just over $151,000 from individual donors. She spent more than $168,000, leaving just under $477,000 in her campaign bank account.
In a statement last week before filing her quarterly campaign finance report, Chavez-DeRemer referred to her fundraising as “staggering.”
“It is humbling, and I am grateful to have the support of so many Oregonians because our work is only just beginning,” she said. “We will keep fighting to rebuild our economy, improve public safety and protect our citizens’ ability to safely live, learn, work and raise a family in our beautiful state.”
Kevin Easton, a Salem Democrat who briefly ran in the 6th District in 2022 but ended his campaign before the primary election, launched a campaign in the 5th District earlier this spring. He reported raising less than $5,000, more than half of which he contributed himself.
Fourth and Sixth districts
Both Hoyle and Salinas received more than half of their contributions from individual donors. Both received their largest contributions, $5,000 apiece, from political action committees representing the agricultural industry, labor and progressive causes.
Almost $173,000 of the $301,000 Salinas raised came from individuals. For Hoyle, almost $145,000 of her $274,000 haul came from individuals.
Salinas’ largest Oregon-based donors include Nike’s political action committee and former state House Majority Leader Barbara Smith Warner. Nike was also Hoyle’s largest Oregon-based donor, and she also received the maximum allowed contribution from Wilsonville real estate investor Danton Wagner, former Salem state Rep. Brian Clem, Bend skin care clinic owners Rebecca and Ryan Covey and Eugene wildland firefighting contractor Lee Jurasevich.
No one has yet entered the race against Hoyle. David Russ, a former Dundee mayor who came in sixth in the Republican primary for the 6th District last year, is running again against Salinas but did not report raising or spending any money.
Salinas spent almost $50,000 and has about $258,000 available. Hoyle spent $95,000 and has almost $219,000 left in her campaign bank account.
Neither of Oregon’s U.S. Senate seats are up for election in 2024. Democratic Reps. Suzanne Bonamici in the 1st District and Earl Blumenauer in the 3rd District and Republican Rep. Cliff Bentz in the 2nd District are expected to seek re-election, and all three are in safe districts.
Bonamici raised $79,000, spent $93,000 and has $612,000 on hand. Bentz raised $85,000, spent almost $30,000 and has about $728,000 available. Blumenauer collected $105,000 and spent almost $120,000, but still has a campaign war chest of almost $758,000.
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