County Commission candidate Pat Farr, running against incumbent Commissioner Rob Handy, has raised about $91,000 so far, averaging $1,000 per donation. Lindholm Company, a consulting and polling firm where Farr worked until taking a leave, has donated a total of $4,060 in cash and in-kind services. Wildish Sand and Gravel Co. donated $5,000, followed by $3,000 from Delta Sand and Gravel and $2,500 from Hamilton Construction in Springfield. Also donating $2,500 each were Rosboro Lumber, Murphy Hardwood Plywood Division and John R. Murphy. Kernutt Stokes Brandt & Co., an accounting firm at Valley River Center, gave $2,000. Lost Creek Timber, owned by the Giustina family, gave $1,250, along with $1,250 each from Giustina Resources, Giustina Woodlands and Cadore Timber Company. The anti-tax group Taxpayers Association of Oregon donated $1,000.
Handy has raised about $53,000 so far, averaging $69 per donation. Topping Handy’s larger contributions is $6,000 from Mountain Rose Herbs, a Eugene business that has been around since 1987 and is a big supporter of organic agriculture locally and regionally. Carlos Barrera, co-chair of the Friendly Area Neighbors association, pledged $5,000. The Eugene Firefighters PAC has donated $3,000 and is also supporting Commissioner Pete Sorenson. Robert Emmons, founding member of LandWatch Lane County and a former city of Eugene employee, gave $2,500. Political consultant Phyllis Barkhurst donated $2,000 of in-kind services. Art Johnson, attorney and co-owner of Eugene Weekly, gave $1,000. The Lane County Labor Council donated $500, along with $500 from the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades PAC.
The third candidate, Nadia Sindi, is not raising money for her campaign.
The topic of campaign donations came up at one of the candidate forums. Handy asked Farr, “Why are you accepting large donations from business and industry that will be affected by your being on the commission?” Farr answered, “Certainly some of my friends that I’ve been friends with for a lot of years, people who provide a lot of jobs in Lane County, have supported my candidacy.” He added that “a lot of individuals have also supported my candidacy.”
Contributions are public record and are required to be reported periodically during campaigns. In-kind donations such as consulting, polling, bookkeeping or website development need to have a dollar value assigned, and campaign expenses must also be documented. All this information can be found at orestar.org