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Dispatches from public radio's correspondent at the Oregon Legislature. This is a venue for political and policy coverage of the state government in Salem and its impact on the people of Oregon.

Brown Rakes In Cash Since Casual Campaign Announcement

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File photo. Oregon Governor Brown has received more than $250,000 in campaign contributions since she announced that she will run to keep her office.

It's been more than a month since Oregon Governor Kate Brown told a reporter after a parade during the Pendleton Round Up that she's doing what most political observers expected: running for Oregon governor.

Brown took the office in February in the wake of John Kitzhaber's resignation.

But since her informal announcement, Brown has reeled in more than $250,000 in campaign contributions, including more than 50 contributions of a thousand dollars or more. The largest sum came from the Democratic Governors Association, to the tune of $40,000.

The only other candidate who's actively fundraising is the GOP's Bud Pierce, a Salem cancer doctor. He's brought in just over $24,000 since launching his campaign in early September. Pierce has also contributed $250,000 of his own money.