- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has contributed $1.25 million to the campaign for Measure 90, which would change Oregon’s primary election system.

Campaign finance records show the billionaire made the donation last week.

If Measure 90 wins, Oregon would abandon partisan primaries for a “top-two” election system similar to what’s used in Washington and California.

Instead of only Democrats voting in the Democratic primary and only Republicans voting in the Republican primary, the measure would put all candidates on a single ballot and allow everyone - including nonaffiliated voters - the chance to vote.

The top two vote-getters would advance to the general election in November, even if they are from the same party.

Opponents say business interests are funding Measure 90 to help candidates friendly to big business.

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