Erickson for Congress Releases Third Campaign Ad
October 14, 2008

Erickson for Congress released its third campaign commercial on Tuesday.  The ad highlights Kurt Schrader raising taxes and fees 70 times while failing to pay taxes 17 times.  Now Schrader wants to pass the largest tax increase in American history.  This will strain an already weak economy.

Mike Erickson stated, "Our country is going through tough economic times.  I understand this crisis is affecting all Americans, from small towns to big cities.  We need someone who will go back to Washington and be a fighter for lower taxes and fiscal responsibility. I have been running a successful business and creating jobs for over 17 years and I understand that high taxes kill job growth and hurt our economy.  

Kurt Schrader has a record of raising taxes and increasing spending.  If elected to Congress, Kurt will vote to implement the largest tax hike in American history, leaving families even more vulnerable in these hard economic times.  As a state Senator, Kurt Schrader raised taxes so high he couldn't even afford to pay them, 17 times.

Kurt Schrader's track record as a tax-and-spend politician, and his inability to pay the very taxes he increased, demonstrates the fiscal irresponsibility he will bring to Congress.

We need leaders in Washington with business common sense who will keep taxes low and understand true fiscal responsibility."

Click here to view the new commercial.

Mike Erickson Is Honored By Portland Business Journal
September 27, 2008

Thursday night at the Rose Garden, in front of 500 people, Mike Erickson and his company AFMS, received the Portland Business Journal's prestigious 2007 Corporate Philanthropy award.  The event was sponsored by the Portland Business Journal and the Portland Trailblazers.  Mike Erickson was recognized as one of the top giving CEOs in Oregon.  Erickson also received the Portland Business Journal's 2006 Corporate Philanthropy award.

Mike Erickson has been involved with and supported many charities throughout the years.  SEI, Children's Cancer Association, Three Rivers Conservancy, Boys and Girls Club and Dove Lewis are just some of the charities Erickson has been involved with over the years.

Mike Erickson stated, "I was honored last night to receive the Portland Business Journal's Corporate Philanthropy award.  I have always tried to give back to the community. I believe all community and business leaders should help.  Community involvement is one of the best public services anyone can do. 

As your next congressman, I will continue to be involved in helping our local communities and will fight hard for those who need help.  I have the passion to do what's right and the experience to make it happen."

For more information or pictures from the event, please contact Jeff Harvey at 503-720-3131.

OR-5: Schrader, Erickson debate economy, immigration
September 23, 2008

By Britten Chase
Category: HouseTags: OR-5, Doug Patterson, Steve Milligan, Alex Polikoff, Kurt Schrader, Mike Erickson

SALEM – Fifth Congressional District candidates Mike Erickson (R-Lake Oswego) and Kurt Schrader (D-Canby) joined third-party candidates on Monday night for a debate focused on how major election issues affect on minority voters.

Erickson and Schrader were seated on stage at Willamette University’s Cone Chapel, and separated by a row of third party candidates seated between them. That set up, combined with a format of having panelists address the candidates, left the two major party candidates little chance to go head to head on issues ranging from the current Wall Street financial crisis, health care and education. But Erickson and Schrader occasionally managed to tangle on certain topics, such as immigration.

“A lot of people are afraid to go back,” Erickson said of illegal immigrants. “They don’t want to get back because they know it will take a year to get a real visa. We want them to know that there is a process to get here legally.”

Schrader, who advocated for comprehensive reform so that foreign workers could have a path to citizenship and American businesses could have the labor they need, accused Erickson of taking a slightly softer position than he had previously taken on the issue.

“My opponent at the far end of the table already switched his position. He wanted to send everyone home.” the State Senator from Canby said.

“He’ll say anything to get elected,” Schrader added after the debate.

But the Lake Oswego businessman stuck to his position of making English the official language in the United States. For Erickson, it is just a better deal for the American people.

“It should be goal of an educational institution to teach English so that they can become productive members of society,” Erickson said. “If someone sees a crime, and you can’t report to police officer because you can’t speak English, that’s a safety issue.”

Schrader and Erickson were joined by third party candidates Alex Polikoff of the Green Party, Steve Milligan of the Libertarian Party, and Doug Patterson of the Constitution Party. It was moderated by Willamette University President M. Lee Pelton.

All five candidates agreed that the financial crisis gripping the country was the most important issue facing all Americans. Schrader pointed out that as co-chair of the state Ways and Means Committee, he had already dealt with a legislative budget, and would be able to apply that experience to Washington D.C.

“We’re bailing out investors first, what about mortgage holders? They’re the ones that need help. I don’t care about shareholders. They take risk, I’d rather have my tax dollars help you,” Schrader said. “We put together some pretty neat programs to put low-income Oregonians into a house so they can pursue the American Dream.”

Erickson was fast to point out that in order for Schrader’s tax dollars to help others, the Canby State Senator needs to pay his taxes on time. Schrader’s tax record came into the spotlight a week ago after Erickson released a television ad accusing Schrader of missing deadlines for 17 tax payments in 15 years.

“If you are fiscally irresponsible with your own taxes, I don’t want you being irresponsible with my taxes,” Erickson said. “If he can’t manage his own budget, how is he going to manage a national budget?”

In the end, Schrader shrugged off the attack, and implored on the 50 voters in attendance that only one major party candidate had the whole package of skills that the district would want represented.

“It’s unfortunate that my opponent took a cheap shot at my personal situation,” Schrader said. “This race is about credibility. Who has delivered for you? Which major party candidate has actually raised a family? Which congressional district five candidate lives and works on the land? Which major party candidate actually knows how to cut a budget? That would be Kurt Schrader.”
Erickson for Congress Responds to Kurt Schrader's New Ad
September 19, 2008

Kurt Schrader says he understands what Oregon families are going through. Yet, he has been a career politician and has done nothing to help Oregon families. In fact, in his 12 years in the state legislature, Kurt Schrader raised taxes on Oregonians so much that he couldn't afford them himself.

Mike Erickson stated, "The only reason Kurt Schrader knows what Oregon families are going through is because he was the one who put them through it. From sales taxes to taxing the number of bedrooms in your home, Schrader is far removed from the everyday realities that Oregonians face."

Now Kurt Schrader is asking voters to trust him to be their next Congressman. If Schrader wouldn't help Oregon families in his 12 years in the state legislature, why should he be trusted in Congress?

The fact is Schrader is ready to implement the largest tax hike in American history, he is willing to pander to the big oil companies to further his own economic interests, and he will disregard the financial struggles that Oregonians face.

Kurt says he will go back to Congress and fight everyday to put your family first. Oregonians don't need any more empty promises from career politicians. 12 years of taxation and fiscal irresponsibility is enough. We need to elect someone who understands the struggles small businesses face and someone who has met a payroll and knows how to live within a budget. We need to elect Mike Erickson.

Let's just hope that Kurt Schrader will be able to afford his own tax hikes in 2009.
Erickson for Congress Releases Second Campaign Commercial
September 18, 2008

Erickson for Congress released its second campaign commercial on Thursday. The commercial highlights Kurt Schrader's record of not paying his own property taxes while voting to raise taxes.

Click here to view the new commercial.

To learn more about Mike Erickson please click here.

Erickson for Congress Releases Campaign Commercial
September 17, 2008

Erickson for Congress released a campaign commercial on Wednesday, outlining Kurt Schrader's history of reaching deep into the pocketbooks of Oregonians. Schrader has voted to raise taxes and fees over 70 times, even proposing an $800 million statewide sales tax. Now he is running for Congress, promising to support the largest tax hike in American history.

Mike Erickson stated, "We have an economy that is headed for an economic train wreck and skyrocketing gas prices that are hurting families throughout the nation. Our government doesn't have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem. Oregon families don't need another tax and spend career politician in office.

As a small business owner who has never held public office, I will work hard to restore fiscal responsibility by bringing much needed business commonsense to Congress. "

Click here to view the new commercial.

To learn more about Mike Erickson please click here.

Mike Erickson Attends Local Debates
September 12, 2008

Mike Erickson appeared in his first debate Wednesday at the Friends of Family Farmers Forum in Canby. Erickson spoke to local area farmers about issues such as sky-rocketing gas prices, high taxes on family farms, and affordable health care.

Noticeably absent during most of the debate was State Senator Kurt Schrader, who has spent weeks attacking Mike Erickson about attending debates. Instead of voters having the opportunity to hear Kurt Schrader speak on federal issues, voters listened to his wife, Martha, speak on county issues.

In response to Schrader's absence Mike Erickson stated, "It is hypocritical for Kurt Schrader to attack me for having scheduling conflicts with some debate times, and then be absent himself for most of Wednesday's debate. It is also amusing that Kurt didn't want to debate Steve Marks in the primary election but has made it his number one campaign issue in the general. It appears as though Kurt Schrader would rather debate debates than debate issues."

There may be a logical reason why Schrader would rather let Martha do all the talking; he simply can't remember what he said in the past. Schrader was caught flip-flopping on the issue of amnesty stating Wednesday he was not for amnesty but contradicting his position just months ago in an interview with Willamette Weekly where he stated he believed all illegal immigrants should be granted citizenship.

Mike Erickson also attended today's debate at the Salem City Club, the second debate Kurt Schrader and Mike Erickson participated in together this fall.
OR-5: Erickson, Schrader, 3rd party candidates gather at Salem City Club forum
September 12, 2008

By Britten Chase
Category: HouseTags: Mike Erickson, Kurt Schrader, Sean Bates, Doug Patterson, Steve Milligan, Alex Polikoff, Bradd Swank, Salem City Club, OR-5

SALEM – After a week of wondering whether congressional candidate Mike Erickson (R-Lake Oswego) would appear at a candidate forum in Salem, he and the five other candidates talked policy and addressed voter concerns at the Salem City Club Friday.

Organizers did not find out until the night before that Erickson would attend, but in the end it was each of OR-5’s congressional candidates, Erickson, State Sen. Kurt Schrader (D-Canby), Sean Bates (I-Salem), Doug Patterson (Constitution Party), Alex Polikoff (Pacific Green Party), and Steve Milligan (Libertarian), had a chance to tell the 150 people gathered what they would do if elected to congress.

Topics ranged from health care, to energy, to education, with each candidate having two minutes to tell the audience where they stood on the issue and what they would do.

Schrader told the audience of his hope to end the Iraq War in order to free up money to make their lives better at home. He told the crowd that he worked hard on the state level to improve alternative energy policy and education, and these were the exact same problems that needed to be fixed in Washington D.C.

“As your state senator, I was co-chair of the Ways and Means committee, and we emphasized education,” Schrader said. “The federal government only pays 19 percent of education costs. They only got there thanks to Darlene Hooley. But the Pell Grant program is anemic. Where’s the federal government, where’s money for the program? It’s in Iraq, it’s with Halliburton.”

It was also a chance for third-party candidates to be heard, and while many of them acknowledged that the race was realistically between Schrader and Erickson, one candidate, had a request of the two major-party candidates.

“Kurt, Mike, whichever of you goes to Washington D.C., I hope one of you turns this system around,” said Milligan, who, as a city council member in Monmouth, is the only other candidate in the race with political experience. “Right now, only people with campaign funding or with money get to serve. But there are others of us that are qualified. It’s not fair. Kurt and I should be the top two candidates on the ticket because we have experience, but I don’t have the money.”

While the format of the debate did not allow the candidates to go head to head, there were a couple tense moments when candidates used their time at the microphone to address other candidates personally. One such event occurred at the end of the debate, when Erickson took the opportunity to address Schrader’s energy policy head on.

“I believe in alternative energies,” Erickson said. “But we need short term solutions with alternative energies, and long-term solutions with drilling. Now I do believe the quality of the drilling technology is safer; we haven’t had an oil spill in 30 years. But Kurt Schrader voted against offshore drilling as a state senator. So he’s already said no to offshore drilling. I am going to say yes to offshore drilling, and doing it safely.”

The debate ended there, without an opportunity for Schrader to respond. Salem City Club president Bradd Swank then bid the candidates good luck, and let them know that they got their message out to constituents that were definitely paying attention.

“Let me remind the candidates of one thing,” Swank said. “These people vote. And they talk to people. Lots of people. This is what Oregon politics is all about.”
Erickson for Congress Announces Endorsements and Steering Committee Members
June 9, 2008

Erickson for Congress announced the following key GOP endorsements and Steering Committee members at the Oregon State Republican Convention this weekend in Salem.
Jim Anderson Multnomah County Republican Chair
Wayne Brady Marion County Republican Chair
Tom Devanney Clackamas County Republican Chair
Joseph Jacob Tillamook County Republican Chair
Bill Kennemer Clackamas County Commissioner
Tim Knopp Former Oregon House Republican Majority Leader
Jeff Kubler Fifth District Republican Chair
John Skipper Lincoln County Republican Chair

Mike Erickson said, "It is more important now than ever to come together as a team and win the election in November so we can take back the district and focus on the issues of improving our economy, ending illegal immigration and creating jobs for Oregon

U.S. House 5th: Erickson beats Mannix in rough GOP race; Schrader wins
Posted by The Oregonian May 20, 2008 22:15PM

Mike Erickson beat Kevin Mannix Tuesday in the Republican race for the 5th Congressional District. State Sen. Kurt Schrader won on the Democratic side.

State and national Republican leaders wasted no time jumping on the Mike Erickson bandwagon.

Even before Erickson's rival, Kevin Mannix, had conceded in the Fifth Congressional District primary.

Although Democrats recently gained a slight edge in voter registration in the district, it's considered a toss-up this fall and one of the few Congressional races where the GOP could pick off a Democratic seat.

"The 5th District has always been a marginal district for Democrats and with Mike Erickson as the nominee, Republicans are likely to be very competitive this fall. Michael Erickson is a successful entrepreneur. ... His pro-small business agenda makes him an ideal fit" for the district, the National Republican Congressional Committee said in a statement issued at 10 p.m.

The Oregon Republican Party quickly follwed suit:

"Mike Erickson has shown us he is a tough campaigner and he is ready to take on his Democratic opponent in the general election," state GOP chairman Vance Day said in an e-mail.

Erickson and campaign volunteers spent Tuesday afternoon waving signs and waving to motorists on Lake Oswego's State Street.

Erickson "got a really good response," said Jeff Harvey, his campaign manager.

"They know Mike pretty well. He gets good support in Lake Oswego," Harvey said.

That could be because he lives there.

There were a few negative gestures and comments, Harvey said. "You get one or two Democrats."

Harvey said passers-by didn't bring up the last-minute controversy that erupted after Kevin Mannix, Erickson's opponent in the GOP primary, accused Erickson of paying for an ex-girlfriend's abortion eight years ago. A poll released Monday showed some voter backlash and Mannix shifting from underdog to top dog.

Schrader, a veterinarian from Canby breezed to a Democratic primary victory. The race also featured what might have been the night's biggest shocker: the poor showing of his main challenger, Steve Marks.

Marks, a lobbyist and former aide to Gov. John Kitzhaber, was in a tight race for second place with Nancy Moran, a retired Oregon City social worker, who spent about $6,000 on her campaign.

"I really know politics, I really know people; I'm really determined and I'm really, really opinionated," said the 66-year-old Moran.