(Portland, OR—May 12, 2010) In cooperation with all eight livestock markets in Oregon, the Oregon Cattle Political Action Committee (PAC) will hold its first ever fundraising event to help elect candidates in the 2010 election who are advocates for property rights and agriculture.

Producers have the opportunity to sell surplus livestock at each market during the week of May 17-22 and donate the proceeds directly to the Oregon Cattle PAC. “We are outspent at every turn and now is our chance to step up and help get candidates elected who support our natural resource and the number one commodity commission in the State of Oregon: cattle and calves,” said Bill Hoyt, the president of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association and chair of the Oregon Cattle PAC.

The 2009 Legislature approved hefty tax and fee increases at a time when Oregon is ranked among the highest states in rate of unemployment, and the state with the highest minimum corporate tax and personal income tax in the union. House Bill 2001 raised the Oregon gas tax by 25 percent, car registration by 59 percent and truck registration by more than 100 percent.

“This is a pivotal election year for agriculture interests in Oregon,” said Hoyt. “We need more legislators who recognize the importance of agriculture to Oregon’s economy, wildlife, environment, and social welfare and these candidates need our financial support.”

Donate livestock to Oregon Cattle PAC at:

  • Northwestern Livestock Commission – May 18
  • Woodburn Livestock Exchange – May 18
  • Klamath Auction Yard – May 18
  • Central Oregon Livestock – May 19
  • Producers Livestock – May 19
  • Intermountain Livestock – May 20
  • Lebanon Auction Yard – May 20
  • Eugene Livestock Market – May 22

More information is available at each livestock market,www.orcattle.com or 503-361-8941.

About the Oregon Political Action Committee

Oregon Cattle PAC is a non-partisan political action committee which helps elect natural resource and agriculture friendly government officials and legislators.

About the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association

The OCA was formed in 1913 in Baker County by 12 individuals who sought to advance the economic, political and social interests of the Oregon Cattle Industry. OCA’s mission is to promote environmentally and socially sound industry practices, improve and strengthen the economics of the industry, and protect its industry communities and private property rights. For more information, visit OCA’s Web site at www.orcattle.com.