OREGON: A political action committee formed by family members of the late billionaire insurance executive Peter Lewis has given $250,000 to a marijuana legalization initiative that backers are seeking to qualify for the November ballot in Oregon.
Lewis, who died last year, had turned Progressive into one of the country’s largest auto insurers and was a major donor to marijuana legalization and medical marijuana campaigns around the country.
Lewis had given $96,000 to the Oregon initiative, sponsored by New Approach Oregon, before his death in November and there was speculation that his demise would seriously undercut the legalization effort in Oregon. However, the latest contribution shows that his family is willing to provide additional support.
“It’s clear that his family is doing this to honor his legacy,” said Graham Boyd, a longtime adviser to Peter Lewis who is also heading the new committee, which is called New Approach PAC.