Candidate spent $900k on signatures to get on Oregon ballot

Oregon gubernatorial election moves toward 3-way race
Unaffiliated candidate Betsy Johnson speaks during a gubernatorial debate hosted by Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association at Mount Hood Oregon Resort in Welches, Ore., Friday, July 29, 2022. On Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022, Johnson delivered thousands of voter signatures to get on the ballot. If the signatures are verified, the former state lawmaker will face Democratic nominee Tina Kotek, who is a former Oregon House Speaker, and Republican nominee Christine Drazan, a former leader of the minority GOP in the House. (Jaime Valdez/Pamplin Media Group via AP, Pool, File)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The independent candidate for governor in Oregon, Betsy Johnson, spent almost $900,000 to gather signatures to secure a place on the fall ballot.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that late Monday Johnson’s campaign reported it paid a Washington signature gathering firm $897,000.

The former state lawmaker will face Democratic nominee Tina Kotek, who is a former Oregon House Speaker, and Republican nominee Christine Drazan, a former leader of the minority GOP in the House, in November.

Last month Johnson’s campaign delivered about 48,000 signatures to Secretary of State Shemia Fagan’s election officials. They needed to verify 23,744 of them as valid for Johnson to qualify.

State elections officials have said that 37,700 of the signatures were valid.