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Business lobbyists unify

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High Five
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A group of business lobbyists have formed the Oregon Committee, a coalition that has quickly become a power center at the state Legislature.

After the defeat on Measures 66 and 67, which increased taxes on the well-to-do and on corporations, the lobbyists joined forces later in the year to target contributions to a handful of legislative races. Their goal: destroy the Democratic supermajority. They helped the Republicans pick up six seats in the House and two in the Senate, greatly changing the politics of the Legislature.

Now, during the session, the Oregon Committee is quietly flexing its muscle. The group's most public success came earlier this month when it helped block an effort by House Democrats to hold up $93 million in depreciation tax breaks for business. Several Democrats joined Republicans in the evenly divided House to approve the tax breaks, and the governor and Democrat-led Senate quickly fell in line.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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