Nike co-founder Phil Knight has now kicked in a cool million bucks to help boost the independent gubernatorial bid of former Democratic state senator Betsy Johnson.
Johnson is banking millions to fuel her campaign and was already polling at 11% in January against a generic Republican and Democrat.
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“Without the money and machinery from the two party system, I need all the help I can get to rescue Oregon,” the statement said. “Phil Knight deeply loves Oregon and is willing to put his money where his heart is like so many others helping our campaign. I am proud to have him in my corner.”
Since she’s running as an unaffiliated candidate, Johnson does not need to seek a major party nomination in the May 17 primary. Instead, she’s taking a less common route to the November ballot: working to collect roughly 23,750 valid signatures from Oregon voters, an amount equal to 1% of the statewide vote in the 2020 general election.
That will require major money, which Johnson has. So far, the former senator has raised far more than any other gubernatorial candidate. As of Monday, she’d reported having more than $5.1 million on hand.