August 19th, 2010 5:33 pm | by HANK STERN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics, City Hall

Money Watch: New Big Donors to the Portland Fire Bond Campaign

Nick Fish

City Commissioner Nick Fish and Beam Construction and Management are the latest large donors to the Yes campaign on the city of Portland's $72.4 million bond measure for the Fire Bureau.

Fish and Beam Development each ponied up $2,500 to the fire bond campaign. (Fish, who won his re-election to City Council in May, also tapped his campaign fund for a much smaller donation of $250 to Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Kitzhaber.)

The Fire Bureau bond had been the only money measure facing Portland voters on the November ballot until TriMet voted last week to ask voters in the metro area on the same ballot to OK a $125 million bond measure.

And today, Multnomah County's Board of Commissioners will vote whether to add a third money measure on the ballot with a five-year local option levy aimed at helping the ailing Oregon Historical Society. (Check back at later today for the results of that county board meeting.)

The upshot of multiple money measures is that each additional bond or levy request in this tough economy makes it that much harder for each campaign to win voter approval. And that means each is racing to tap local donors like pols not facing re-election and businesses with less than three months to go until the Nov. 2 election.

Now that Fish and Commissioner Dan Saltzman have donated to the fire bond campaign, we await the contributions to come from commissioners Randy Leonard (who oversees the Fire Bureau) and Amanda Fritz as well as from Mayor Sam Adams. Commissioner Amanda Fritz voted against putting the bond on the ballot.
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