Richardson raises $350,000 in a month in race for Oregon governor

Richardson raises $350,000 in a month in race for Oregon governor
State Rep. Dennis Richardson (left) and Gov. John Kitzhaber.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — State Rep. Dennis Richardson's campaign said Thursday that the Republican has raised $350,000 for his gubernatorial campaign in the last month.

The one-month tally surpasses Richardson's prior fundraising for the entire year, providing a much-needed boost to his cash-strapped campaign. The figure was the subject of an email to campaign supporters obtained ahead of time by The Associated Press.

Lackluster fundraising has been a major hindrance to the GOP gubernatorial nominee, who isn't well-known outside his Southern Oregon legislative district and faces a natural disadvantage as a Republican running in a Democratic state. The surge in money will help Richardson introduce himself to voters and make his case against Kitzhaber.

Richardson's year-to-date fundraising still lags that of Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber by more than $1 million.

Richardson has focused heavily on fundraising in recent weeks and was assisted by an appeal this month from former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Campaigns have 30 days to report contributions from the day they receive them, and many of Richardson's latest have not been filed. The campaign has not reported its expenditures, and Richardson's campaign manager, Charlie Pearce, declined to say how much money the campaign has in the bank.

Among the large contributions that have been reported are $15,000 checks from Letha Heard of Roseburg and John Duke of Rogue River.

The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians gave Richardson $10,000, but also contributed $50,000 to Kitzhaber. Republican committees in Baker, Curry and Union counties combined for $8,500.