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February 14, 2016

Oregon Republican Raises $955,000 for Senate Bid


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Wehby is challenging Merkley, above. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Oregon Republican Monica Wehby will report raising more than $955,000 in her bid for Senate in the second quarter, according to fundraising figures provided first to CQ Roll Call.

Wehby, a pediatric neurosurgeon, is challenging incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley. She raised most of that haul — $846,000 — since May 1.

Her campaign had $647,000 cash on hand at the close of the most recent reporting period, which runs from April 1 through June 30. The campaign will report $122,000 in debt.

Wehby’s second quarter fundraising was bested by Merkley, who raised $1.8 million.

Merkley is favored to win in the Democratic leaning state, but Republicans hope that Wehby’s credentials as a doctor will help put the seat in play in a year when the president’s healthcare law is very unpopular. The issue could have more resonance in Oregon, which abandoned its state-run healthcare exchange earlier this year as its disastrous website never functioned.

The race is rated Democrat Favored by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

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  • daddyoyo

    I love the smell of Republican money burning in a hopeless cause. It smells like…well, like VICTORY.

  • JD Mulvey

    Wehby “will report”?

    Dr Wehby has been wildly lax in disclosing her contributions and has missed several deadlines already. Yet she’s able to get a press release out to Roll Call in which she touts her fundraising totals, without a mention of where they came from.

  • Diane L. Hodiak

    JD Monica is lax because Bigoil and the Koch Brothers is her sugardaddy. I don’t think we need them in Oregon. Voters won’t fall for their negative tricks.

  • Diane L. Hodiak

    Through ALEC, American Legislative Exchange Council, a corporate bill mill designed to further the interests of Big Oil , The Koch brothers and Bigoil fund 18 Oregon politicians, including Gene Whisnant, Dennis Richardson, Sal Esquivel and more…See the entire list at
    Do they work for Oregonians? That’s what they are supposed to do. But check their track records.

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