Portland mayoral candidate Charlie Hales today announced he would limit donations to his campaign, and challenged his rival, state Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland), to do the same."From now on," Hales said in a campaign press release, "this campaign will only accept contributions up to $600 and all from within the state of Oregon. And I call on Jefferson Smith to join me."
"I am making this commitment because as I speak to Portlanders they tell me they are concerned about the role of very large contributions from individuals and businesses and out of state money trying to influence our local elections. They also want their mayoral candidates to spend as much time as possible talking to as many Portlanders as possible about our visions of the future and how we will actually make it happen. They are right, and this pledge will help on both counts."Hales ' move trumps Smith, who has been advocating for campaign limits in the race and tells WW he thought he and Hales were close to a joint agreement they could announce together.