Nike Co-Founder Breaks Mold Set by His Company, Throws $4.75 Million on the Table to Ensure Democrat Loses

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With only a month to go until Election Day, billionaire entrepreneur Phil Knight, co-founder of sportswear giant Nike, has shocked everyone by donating $1 million to Christine Drazan, the Republican running for governor of Oregon.

The million-dollar donation to the Republican comes after Knight’s previous donation of $3.75 million to former Democratic Oregon Rep. Betsy Johnson, who jumped in as an independent to run against Dem. candidate Tina Kotek and Republican Drazan, according to KGW.

Knight and his wife Penny have been spreading donations around Oregon for years. Last year, for instance, the pair donated a staggering $500 million to the University of Oregon.

As to the governor’s race, polls in Oregon have Drazan and Kotek neck-and-neck with Johnson in a distant third place.

KGW reported that Knight, who is reportedly worth $40 billion, is more delivering a “no” to Kotek rather than saying “yes” to either Johnson or Drazan.

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“It’s not really $1 million toward Drazan or $3.75 (million) towards Betsy. It’s $4.75 (million) against Tina Kotek,” Republican political strategist Rebecca Tweed said.

Analysts add that the 84-year-old Nike founder is looking specifically to douse Kotek’s chances. KGW political analyst Len Bergstein said that with Johnson’s independent bid for the office running aground, it appears that Knight is now funneling money to the Republican just to stop Kotek.

A poll reported by Oregon Public Broadcasting found that Oregon voters are an unhappy bunch under current Democratic Gov. Kate Brown. The poll found that more than 70 percent of respondents said that Oregon is on the “wrong track.”

Oregon has other troubles, too. According to KOIN, the Beaver State is the second-worst state in the country for substance abuse and addiction. Even worse, it is at rock bottom in access to treatment.

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Oregon also had some of the strictest COVID policies in the country and only removed its mask mandate on March 31, making it among the last states to do so, KGW added.

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