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Another year of fun filled snarky news commentary and analysis is almost over and this December marks the second consecutive month that MGx has reached over 20,000 global visitors. Most visitors are from the US and 1% are classified as "addicts" and 35% as "regulars" by Quantcast. Almost 450 regulars are Oregon residents from Portland to Salem to Ashland to Brookings.
The advertising you see on MGx barely covers the cost of maintaining the website and its associated services and pays nothing towards the time and effort involved to research and report on important local issues. If each regular reader just contributed $6 this Christmas season it would pay 50% of the emergency room medical bills for my fifteen year-old daughter this year.
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For those of you have difficulty navigating the OreStar website I have provide links to the campaign finance tracking for selected candidates below. The Coos County Alliance for Progress apparently invited certain commissioner candidates to interview with its board members, Jon Barton, Al Pettit, Ron Stuntzner, John Knutson and Joe Benetti. The committee has made contributions to Fred Messerle in the amount of $4,000, John Sweet for $1,500, Tim Bishop for $250, Melissa Cribbins for $750 and Mary Loiselle for $250. All accepted the contributions with the exception of Mary Loiselle who had the good character, in my opinion, to return the check.
To track the candidates contributions and spending you can start on these links and then click “Campaign Finance Activity”
You might also want to see who is backing some of the state races. (Pharmaceutical companies, solid waste companies and more…)
Caddy McKeown Includes $1,000 from Roseburg Forest Products
Wayne Krieger Includes $1,000 from Waste Connections and $500 from the Oregon Recycling Association PAC
Jeff Kruse Includes $500 from Waste Management, $1,000 from Facebook and $1,000 from Glaxo-Smith Kline PAC