But GOP challenger has far less stockpiled than Democratic Gov. Kitzhaber.
Dennis Richardsons campaign says July was its best fundraising month yet with $350,000 raised from more than 200 donors.
But with just a little more than $200,000 cash on hand, the Republican nominee for governor has about one-sixth of the $1.2 million stockpiled by Democratic incumbent John Kitzhaber, who is seeking a fourth nonconsecutive term.
Still, Richardson's position has improved from a few weeks ago. After their first joint appearance July 18 at the summer meeting of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association, Richardson had less than $100,000 on hand, compared with just under $1 million for Kitzhaber.
Richardson, a five-term state representative from Southern Oregon, has raised slightly more than $700,000 during 2013 and 2014. Kitzhabers campaign has raised $1.7 million during this year alone.
What Richardsons fundraising has enabled him to do is hire some outside services for his campaign, in addition to his staff. He acquired Charlie Pearce, a top staffer in Mitt Romneys two presidential bids in 2008 and 2012, as his campaign manager after the May 20 primary.
Richardson also has purchased services from Red Rock Strategies, based in Colorado Springs, Colo.; Harris Media LLC based in Austin, Texas, and The Strategy Group for Media based in Delaware, Ohio.
The senior vice president of the latter group is Rick Tyler, formerly a top aide to Newt Gingrich, one-time House speaker and presidential candidate.
Richardson is seeking to break the Democratic hold on the Oregon governorship, which at 28 years is the partys longest in state history. Vic Atiyehs re-election in 1982 was the most recent time Oregon voters elected a Republican as governor.
Kitzhaber was governor from 1995 to 2003, and won a record third term in 2010.
In the latest Survey USA poll released Aug. 6 by Portland television station KATU, it was Kitzhaber at 48 percent, Richardson 36 percent, virtually unchanged from a poll conducted after the May 20 primary.
Major Richardson contributors in July, according to filings with the secretary of state ($80,500 total):
John A. Duke of Rogue River and Letha Heard of Roseburg, $15,000 each; Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians, $10,000. Chuck Shepard, owner of Hoodoo Ski Area, $5,500. $5,000 each (or per couple): BlankenBecler Advisors accounting firm, Gahanna, Ohio; Cal and Lisa Cannon of Bend; Ryan and Shannon Cannon of Jacksonville; Oregon Right to Life PAC; Alan J. Folkman, president, Eagle Management LLC of Highland Park, Ill.; Mountaire Corp. of Little Rock, Ark.; Steve Waring, president, Emagineered Solutions, Redmond.
Major Kitzhaber contributors in July ($227,000 total):
Karl Miller, president of Avamere, senior health care provider based in Wilsonville, $25,000. Win McCormack, Portland publisher, $20,000. Portland General Electric Employee Candidate Committee, $15,000.
$10,000 each: Thomas Campion, chairman, Zumiez Inc. of Seattle; Coastal Conservation Oregon PAC; Intel; M. Albin Jubitz, retired co-chairman of Jubitz Inc. of Portland; Local 48 Electricians PAC; Andrew Miller, chief executive, Stimson Lumber, Forest Grove; Oregon Nurse PAC; Oregon Optometric PAC; Oregon Realtors PAC; PacificCorp; Peter Stott, president, Columbia Investments of Portland; Tillamook County Creamery Association; Brett Wilcox, Portland business executive. Northwest Sportsfishing Industry Association PAC, $7,000.
$5,000 each: Fluor Enterprises, Hampton Lumber Sales, Hewlett-Packard, LifeWise Health Plan of Oregon, The Standard (Standard Insurance), Weyerhaeuser Corp.