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
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
We need leaders in Washington with business common sense
who will keep taxes low and understand true fiscal
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
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
“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
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.
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
“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
“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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
“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.”
for Congress Announces Endorsements and Steering Committee
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.
Multnomah County Republican Chair
County Republican Chair
Clackamas County Republican Chair
Tillamook County Republican Chair
Clackamas County Commissioner
Oregon House Republican Majority Leader
District Republican Chair
County Republican Chair
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
U.S. House 5th: Erickson beats Mannix in rough GOP race;
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
Erickson "got a really good response," said Jeff Harvey, his
"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
"I really know politics, I really know people; I'm really
determined and I'm really, really opinionated," said the