Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 4:44 pm
The troubled roll-out of Oregon's health insurance exchange isn't hurting the state's governor when it comes to political fundraising.
Incumbent Democrat John Kitzhaber has staked out a sizeable lead over likely Republican challenger Dennis Richardson.
Kitzhaber has already brought in roughly four times as much cash as Richardson. In addition to that, his contributors are signing much bigger checks.
The GOP state representative was at somewhat of a disadvantage, though. He had to take a month off of fundraising this winter since Oregon House rules ban fundraising when the legislature is in session.
The two candidates have yet to face off in a debate and neither campaign has started airing ads. But you can expect to hear Richardson highlighting Kitzhaber's role in the state's struggling health insurance exchange, Cover Oregon. The governor says he's taking steps to get the exchange back on track.
In fact, some of his biggest checks have come from the healthcare industry.