Oregon Attorney General Candidates Make Final Push

May 11, 2012

The two Democrats running for Oregon Attorney General are making a final push as Tuesday's election nears. Both of the candidates have raised about $600,000 each, according to the latest figures.

Current Oregon Attorney General John Kroger says he'll step down this summer to take a job at Reed College in Portland. That means whoever wins the Democratic primary could have an inside shot at taking over the job in a matter of months, if they're appointed by Democratic governor John Kitzhaber.

So far, former federal prosecutor Dwight Holton and former Oregon state judge Ellen Rosenblum are nearly even in terms of fundraising. Just over half of Holton's cash comes from out of state donors, primarily east coast attorneys. Most of Rosenblum's money is from Oregon, with one notable exception: She's received $140,000 from a New York based marijuana legalization advocacy group backed by billionaire George Soros.

The candidates have clashed over medical marijuana. Rosenblum has said she’ll make enforcing marijuana laws a low priority, while Holton has called for stricter enforcement.

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