EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has received a $250,000 campaign contribution from New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg.
The Register-Guard reports (http://bit.ly/2c63URR ) that Bloomberg’s donation marks the largest single contribution she has received in recent years.
The donation comes after Brown, a Democrat, publicly announced support for three pieces of gun control legislation, including a ban of high-capacity ammunition magazines, which the Legislature will consider in 2017. Bloomberg has a history of donating to pro-gun control candidates.
At her mid-summer press conference in Portland, Brown said she hopes to get the state legislature to take steps to curb gun violence.
“Since I was sworn in as governor 17 months ago, more than 600 Oregonians have died from violence inflicted by a gun,” Brown said. “Violence answers nothing, offers nothing, solves nothing. … I call on each of us, as Oregonians and as Americans, to join this call to end gun violence now.”
Earlier this year, Bloomberg made a $250,000 contribution to state Rep. Val Hoyle, a Eugene Democrat, in her unsuccessful run for secretary of state. At the time, a Bloomberg spokesman said the donation was the result of Hoyle’s “leadership” in helping to pass a 2015 expansion on gun sale background checks in Oregon.
Bloomberg’s contribution brings Brown’s total fundraising for the election cycle to $3.7 million.
Brown’s Republican opponent has raised $2.6 million this election cycle.
Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com