In a last-drag effort to defeat Oregon’s 85-cents-a-pack tax increase on cigarettes, the makers of Camel smokes tossed in another $905,000 today against the fight to crush Measure 50.
Today’s donation puts tobacco contributions at a staggering record of $10 million so far.
Reynolds American, the producers of Camel, has now contributed $4.2 million to the campaign against Measure 50.
The other $5.8 million has come from Philip Morris, the maker of Marlboro’s.
In case you were wondering what Measure 50 will do, well, allow us to tell you what it will do: Money raised from the tax increase for cigarettes would be used to pay for children’s health insurance and other health programs.
Measure 50 will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot, with ballots being mailed next week.
While at least 10 other Oregon ballot measure campaigns have raised more than $5 million in adjusted-for-inflation dollars during the past 20 years, only one raised more than $7 million and none raised more than $8 million, the Oregonian reported.
Source: Joseph Friedrichs, New West