Alliance for Democracy

Leuthold Dairy Farm and M66/67

Many of you may have received a letter from Carol Marie Leuthold of Leuthold Dairy Farm on Saturday advising that you should vote No on Measures 66/67 to be on the January 26th ballot.  It appears that the letter is a personal letter from her but if you read the bottom in very small print, it says, “I worked with Oregonians Against Job-Killing Taxes to share my thoughts with you in this letter.”  Oregonians Against Job-Killing Taxes is a front group for some of the largest businesses doing business in Oregon.  Just take a look at their list of supporters at http://www.stopjobkillingtaxes.com/organizations/.
 
She makes only one specific claim, “Despite the bleak economy, Measure 67 would tax businesses up to $100,000 a year, even if they didn’t make a profit.”   While there is some truth to that statement, she leaves out that this only applies to C type corporations and they would have to have revenues of over $100 million dollars before they would have to pay that $100,000.  By my calculation that is 1/1000 of a percent in tax.  And further that is assuming that the corporation reporting making no profits during the year.  But we know that corporations making that much money but showing no profit are usually benefiting from tax write-offs in order to show no profits. It does not mean that they are on the brink of closing their doors.  This is the case with some of the largest corporations doing business in Oregon.

Those corporations which are not a type C will pay just $150.00 for the privilege of having the protections of being a corporations. This includes LLC, LLP, Partnerships and S corporations.  Sole Proprietorship will continue not paying a corporate income tax.  88% of all Oregon corporations will pay just the minimum of $150.00

Her other claims are of a more general and unsupported nature.  For instance, she writes that “State government has not tightened its belt like the rest of us.  We should not send more money to Salem until the state can get its spending under control.”  And “Legislators say their plan only taxes the rich.  they’re wrong.”

And “Economists estimate these tax increases will cost 70,000 Oregonians their jobs.”  You might want to read the report, Experts Debund Claim That Measures Would Cost Jobs from the Oregon Center for Public Policy on who these economists were and how they reached their conclusions. Associated General Contractors of America, Inc…$113,957.00
Boise Paper Holding, LLC….$10,000.00  (btw, LLCs will only pay $150.00)
Cain Petroleum…$10,000.00
Carson Oil Company …$12,000.00
Colvin Oil Company….$10,000.00
Ffith Avenue Building …$20,000.00
Gert Boyle….$10.000.00 (she know her from Columbia Sportwear)
John Truax…$10,000.00
Leathers Oil …$10,000.00
Lone Rock Timber Management Co. …$10,500.00
Longview Timberlands, LLC…. $26,000.00
Oregon Association of Realtors ….$50,600.00
Oregon Automobile Dealers Assoication PAC…$25,000.00
Oregon Bankers Association…$100,000.00
Oregon Farm Bureau Federation….$16,568.00
Oregon Forest Industries Coucil PAC…$25,000.00
Oregon Local Grocery Committee….$76,544.15
Oregon Restaurant PAC…$65,000.00

Oregonians for Affordable Housing …$53,175.00 (sounds like a group I would like but in fact this is the PAC for the Oregon Home Builders Association)
Phillip Knight… $50,000.00 (yes, that is the CEO of NIKE)
Plum Creek …$36,000.00
Portland Business Alliance …$37,000.00
Qwest Communications…$26,115.00
Seneca Jones Timber Co….$13,500.00
Stimson Lumber co….$16,000.00
The Mid-Valley Affordable Housing Coalition. …$40,000.00
Timothy  Boyle….$30,794.40 (there is that connection of Columbia Sportwear again…see Gert Boyle above)
Vesta Corporation … $10,000.00
Weyerhauser Co…$50,984.00
 
Note that these figures do not include In-Kind contributions.  For instance, the Associated General Contractors of America, Inc had In-Kind Contributions of $88,957.  Add in their $50,984.00 cash contributions, their total $139,941.00.
LEUTHOLD’S WILSONA DAIRY. 2425 MCCORMICK LOOP. TILLAMOOK , OR 97141 in case you want to write her a letter stating why she should vote Yes on Measure 66 and 67. I also learned that she is the president of the Tillamook County Farm Bureau.

I thought you might like to see the names of some of the contributors to the No campaign and the amounts.  I highlighted a few of the largest.
 

Btw, while she does not give her address in the letter, I found it on the web. 

The No on M66/67 campaign has a lot of money.  We have a lot of people – that is, all of you. Please connect up with the folks at Vote Yes on 66/67 and donate to them and/or volunteer with them. They are organizing phone banks and canvassing opportunities.  Contact them at www.VoteYesOregon.org, 503.234.0444 or via email at volunteer@defendoregon.org.

David e. Delk, Alliance for Democracy – Portland Chapter www.afd-pdx.org

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  1. charley said, on December 2, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    I know the topic is about voting yea or nae on 66/67.

    But consider the under current of tension that drives us to desire liberty and justice for all. And, others to refute it.

    Example: The dynamic tension that is manifest on the campuses of California. Where many realize that the value of direct action toward ‘ We the People’ gaining immediate and long term results, is the affirmation of occupation of the campus. Not to shut it down, but to open it up to all. Not to deny the regents or other folks their freedoms, but to be sure ours (majority) are not displaced by their desire of profit and power over the rest of us.

    Voting is but one tool to assist us in the possibility of more freedom; not less or constrained. Taking over is voting w/ our feet and our unity with our sisters and brothers (and ourselves) who are in the work places, campuses, farms and “our” government.

    That is the terrain. If we do not occupy it all, then the corporate – state will. And, that is not an option; as, we who have lived decades of it know, it is clearly the path of fascism: War, economic upheaval, racism, class stratification (rich, workers, poor) sexism, authoritarianism (elites,bosses, hierarchies), ad nausea. W ether it is from the liberal or conservative side of the isle, it is still fascism.

    ‘Liberty and Justice for All’ commands us to seize control of our lives. Voting is not enough. Democracy means we the people rule, does it not? And, Res Public a?

    I will be voting, but knowing that is but a small tool.

    Charley Knox
    Combat Medic
    D.R. 1965

    TOOLS: search… necrosocial uc berkley, The Take (a true story of the workers who ” got it “), and workers control.

  2. Alberto Enriquez said, on December 1, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    A math correction: a $100,000 tax on $100 million revenue would amount to one-tenth of one percent, not one thousandths of one percent.

  3. Alberto Enriquez said, on December 1, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    I’m also writing to Harold Strunk, president, Tillamook County Creamery Association, 4185 Highway 101 N., Tillamook OR 97141. The Association is the listed registrant for Tillamook Cheese, Inc. Although Carol’s letter appears to be a personal one, rather than an authorized corporate communication, it’s important that parents let Tillamook know they expect the strongest possible stand for children from a corporation that literally makes its “bread” and butter off of our kids!

    I don’t know about all the alternatives to Tillamook/Bandons products in Portland, but I see that Alpenrose Farms is still going. Down state, we have the fine Umpua dairy products. You needn’t go out of state to send Tillamook a message. –Æ

    Dear Mr. Strunk:

    I’ve enjoyed Tillamook products since college, and have reared my family on Tillamook yogurts, cheese and sour cream. Because I’ve come to so trust the Tillamook brand for quality and value, I was all the more distressed to receive Carol Leuthold’s letter.
    I have to believe someone sorely misinformed her, because her letter is filled with distortions and errors. The impacts of Ballot Measures 66 and 67 are nothing like what’s described. What’s more, I’m alarmed because rejection of these companion measures would have a catastrophic impact on our schools and other essential services.

    That’s why I’m writing. Please ask Mrs. Leuthold to get the facts and issue a prompt retraction. Also, please move that the Tilamook County Creamery and Tillamook Cheese distance themselves publicly from the use of your name even indirectly (“our Tillamook dairy” and “Leuthold Dairy Farm – Tillamook”) to reject these necessary measures.

    Our 2009 Legislature made tough choices. They slashed children’s education and other essential services to a bare bones minimum. Then they made the smallest tax adjustments possible to sustain a basic education. Had these bills not passed in April, legislators acknowledged our schools would have shut down May 1.

    Even with these measures in place, the cuts have been staggering. I know one of our local middle schools that lost 13 employees. That’s 10 teachers and three aides. Class-sizes ballooned. Who can imagine the children’s learning hasn’t suffered? How much worse must things get if this smallest of patches is ripped out unthinkingly?

    As a dairy operator, you surely know that children are your best customers. Parents rely on the value for money of dairy products because they know a child’s nutrition can’t wait. There’s no making up for lost years later on. The same is true for schooling. Our children can’t spend the next year or two circling the drain if these measures go down. They need schooling now. It’s up to the adults to make the necessary sacrifices.

    I will be watching to see whether Tillamook takes a strong stand for Oregon’s children and rejects the gross errors and exaggerations in Mrs. Leuthold’s letter. Should these misstatements go unchallenged, I regret that I and my family may have to re-think our life-long support for Tillamook products.

  4. Alberto Enriquez said, on December 1, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    I’m writing to the dairy address because there’s more than one Carol Leuthold listed in Oregon.

    Dear Mrs. Leuthold:

    I’ve enjoyed Tillamook products since college, and have reared my family on Tillamook yogurts, cheese and sour cream. Having come to so trust the Tillamook brand for quality and value, I’m all the more distressed to receive your letter.

    I have to believe that someone has abused your trust and misinformed you, because this letter is filled with distortions and errors. The impacts of Ballot Measures 66 and 67 are nothing like what you’ve described. What’s more, rejection of these measures will have a catastrophic impact on our states’ schools and other essential services.

    That’s why I’m writing. I’m urging you: please get the facts and issue a retraction.

    The 2009 Legislature made tough choices. They slashed children’s education and other essential services to a bare minimum. Then they made the smallest tax adjustments possible to sustain a basic level of education. Had these bills not passed in April, legislators acknowledged our schools would have shut down May 1.

    And even with these measures in place, the cuts have been staggering. I know one of our local middle schools that lost 13 employees. That’s 10 teachers and three aides. Class-sizes ballooned. Who can imagine the children’s education hasn’t suffered? How much worse must things get if this smallest of patches is ripped out unthinkingly?

    As a dairy farmer, you surely know that children are your best customers. Parents rely on the value for money of dairy products because they know a child’s nutrition can’t wait. There’s no making up for lost years down the road. The same is true for education.
    Our children can’t spend the next year or two circling the drain if these measures go down. They need schooling now. It’s up to the adults to make the necessary sacrifices.

    I am enclosing factual information. I will be watching to see whether you issue a retraction. Should these measures fail with your support, I regret that I and my family may have to re-think our life-long support for you and yours.

    Yours truly,

    Alberto Enriquez

  5. Jeff said, on November 30, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    I’ve always supported Tilliamook products because of the family / local / collective nature. This letter made my blood boil and my stomach turn all at once. Should I support out-of-state corporate products because of this hideous letter? Such flat out lies. Not the best way to start the week, I tell you that. I confronted some of these well-funded lie-factories when they were collecting signatures. “Tax the rich and a teensy increase in corporate taxes to save the state, you betch’a!” was my reply. We’ll go from the 49th lowest to the 47th lowest in the nation. Yeah, I bet that will run every Oregon business into the gutter…especially the mega-corporations. Sheesh. What are we, California??

  6. Lisa Wallace said, on November 30, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    As a seasonal State Employee who had worked 9 months a year and now work 5.5 months and possibly only 3.5 months next year, I can not agree with the statement that the state is not cutting back. To make matters worse, I will even have to take furlough days when I return to work, (as will most state employees).
    I’d like to know where she gets her information. I received her letter today and I don’t believe any of it.
    Don’t suggest I get another job, I’m trying everyday.

  7. Mike Beagen said, on November 30, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Carol Marie Leuthold
    3421 Del Webb Ave NE
    Salem, Or 97303

    Carol,

    I received your letter dated November 16th, 2009 regarding your campaign against Measures 66 and 67.

    As a state employee, I take issue with your lack of knowledge of the facts. State government has indeed tightened our belt. Perhaps you have heard on the news or read in the newspapers or online about the state mandated furlough days for state employees. These are days when all state employees are forced to stay home and take UNPAID LEAVE to help the state get through the budget crisis. Perhaps your numbers are in error, because I know for a fact that my agency, the Oregon Department of Corrections, has had to reduce our spending and our budget by almost a BILLION dollars. If that isn’t tightening our belt, I don’t know what is. I took the opportunity to find your dairy online and was amazed to find out that you make enough money to travel the world. Most state employees don’t make that kind of money and I personally do not make that kind of money where I can travel the world. YOU don’t appear to be suffering much from the down economy!

    Your letter also has the ring of cynicism in that you, like so many others, forget that state employees are just as much tax payers as you are. Everyone seems to forget that little nugget of information when they lambast us like you did. Not only am I a state employee but I was a small business owner myself whose business failed in this down economy. In fact I was forced to close the business due to the economy. So before you label state employees the ‘bad people’ you should probably do a little research.

    Since you have a large mailing list, I would ask that you retract your statement about how bad state government is and apologize to the state employees you have insulted in your mailing. Your letter, while attempting to sway me to vote against these measures has had quite the opposite effect and I will most likely vote FOR these measures due to your crass opinion of your states employees.

    Sincerely,

    Mike Beagen
    State Employee

  8. Charlie Larson said, on November 30, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Thanks for Carol’s address. I am returning her letter to her with a simple comment. What a shame she chooses money over the needs to so many people. Can you believe the greed taking over our state?

  9. BrianM said, on November 30, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    I got my copy on Friday and, like others, went looking for the facts to check out the claims.

    And then we got the news that there may have been e. coli in Portland water.

    It may be a coincidence but the combination of the rich crying about a 1.3% tax increase while everyday people may have been drinking polluted water just made me mad. Our infrastructure may be collapsing but don’t make the rich pay anything for our public goods? No way. I’m voting yes on 66/67.

  10. Carol routh said, on November 30, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    I did read the fine print at the bottom. Also, there’s NO contact info. I looked up the farm on the web as I wanted to call her. It’s only fair to ask the source instead of making assumptions. Where did these “facts and figures” come from? It all comes round again to “follow the money.” lots of money is flowing into getting us to vote for the rich at the expense of the middle class — not to mention the poor. Or our collective future.

    • Fred Countryman said, on November 30, 2009 at 5:19 pm

      Follow the money
      That’s a great idea Lets follow the TRILLIAN DOLLARS of borrowed money
      Going to districts in Oregon That DON’T exist. Where is that money.
      I was reading the bill’s 66-67 to my wife, when our grand daughter interrupted to ask
      ( Grandpa if they raise taxes on business will that make the stuff we buy cost more)
      My 10 year old grand daughter under stands Economics far better then You ever will.
      When you tax a business, The business is forced to pass that extra cost on to the consumer ((THAT’S YOU, YOU MORRON’s))

      • Jeff said, on November 30, 2009 at 9:12 pm

        First, learn to spell. Second, learn to read. Third, learn grammar. Something about misspelling “moron” just makes me KNOW I’m on the right side of this argument.

        Vote “YES” on both measures!! If $140 a year causes you to fire employees, your business has larger issues to address. A “no” vote will ensure teachers, fire-fighters, and police officers WILL lose their jobs…not hypothetical, ACTUAL job loss. All you will do is stop job SAVING taxes if you vote no…

      • Mike Moron said, on November 30, 2009 at 9:23 pm

        If you strongly opposed to measures 66-67 I would like to congratulate you as you have attained the Good Life. As to passing the cost to consumers you might want to rethink that. You could leave an opening for some moron to start a business and undercut your prices. By the way if someone doesn’t know how to spell moron does that make them a moron?

  11. Kathleen Hayes said, on November 30, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Please, please send this (or a shorter version of) to the OREGONIAN. In addition, we need to get out flyers with a simplified version of this.

    I will be writing to Carol Leuthold. Thanks for her address.

    Kathleen


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