Parks, the owner of an Aloha-based medical equipment company, moved to Nevada in 2002 but remains active as a donor to Oregon causes. In 2006, Parks spent $600,000 on Oregon ballot measures. For 2008 ballot measures, Parks as of September 2007 has contributed approximately $800,000 to signature-gathering efforts of campaigns whose chief petitioners are Bill Sizemore and Kevin Mannix.
The four ballot-certified 2008 Sizemore ballot measures proposals to which Parks has donated are:
- Oregon Ballot Measure 58--require English immersion for non-English-speaking students. Parks has given $123,000.
- Oregon Ballot Measure 59--make federal income taxes deductible on Oregon tax returns. Parks has given $122,500.
- Oregon Ballot Measure 60--base teacher raises on classroom performance. $121,000 from Parks.
- Oregon Ballot Measure 64--prohibit use of taxpayer resources in collecting union political funds. $125,000 from Parks.
The two 2008 Mannix proposals to which Parks has donated are:
- Oregon Ballot Measure 61--mandatory prison sentences for some criminals. $128,000 from Parks.
- Oregon Ballot Measure 62--dedicate 15% of lottery profits for crime-fighting. $170,000 from Parks.
Additionally, The Oregonian is reporting that Parks donated $250,000 for ultimately unsuccessful ballot access efforts to limit attorney contingency fees and to sanction attorneys for filing frivolous lawsuits:
- Loren Parks entry on Wikipedia
- Form to use to search Oregon campaign finance disclosure website
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- The Man Behind Mannix
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- Democracy Indirect
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