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Oregon legislator returns Koch donation

By Laurie Bennett

April 26, 2012 at 7:26am

The Oregonian reports that a member of the state House of Representatives has returned a $3,000 donation from Koch Industries after coming under harsh criticism from Democrats and union leaders.

“As much as I support the timber industry in this state, I want to be clear that I don’t support the Koch brothers’ harmful anti-union agenda,” Rep. Mike Schaufler, a Democrat from Happy Valley, OR, said in a prepared statement.

Mike Schaufler
Mike Schaufler

Schaufler previously had said that he accepted the contribution because Georgia-Pacific, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, has such a large presence in the state.

“These are the people who create jobs” the Oregonian quoted him as saying then. “If people think that’s bad, they should just stop using toilet paper.”

Schaufler, a former member of the Laborer’s Union, was elected to the House in 2002.

His campaign isn’t the only state-level race drawing Koch attention.

Data compiled by the Federal Election Commission and the National Institute on Money in State Politics show that Koch Industries and Georgia-Pacific have also contributed this year to candidates and committees in Indiana, Kansas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.

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