Voter-Owned Redux

Amanda Fritz bankrolled her own re-election. Now she wants to resurrect public campaign financing.

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City Commissioner Amanda Fritz spent her nest egg last year—more than $375,000 of her own money—to buy four more years in Portland City Hall. “Most people could not and would not do what   More
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 AARON MESH

Kate Brown Spending Exceeds $1 Million

Secretary of State says "in-kind" contributions that pushed her over voluntary spending limit shouldn't count


Secretary of State Kate Brown is now reporting spending more than $1 million in her bid for re-election—officially going over the line she promised in September she wouldn't break.Today's filings show that she's spent $1.08 million, to be exact. Spending on her behalf by a political action committee targeting her Republican opponent, Dr. Knute Buehler, counts as an in-kind contribution to her campaign, ...   More
Thursday, November 1, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Hales Breaks Big Promise, Flipflopping on His Pledge to Limit Campaign Contributions

Mayoral candidate's $600 limit boxed him—so now he's abandoning it


Portland mayoral candidate Charlie Hales is breaking one of the biggest campaign promises he’s made to the city since finishing first in the May primary race. In June, Hales said he would voluntarily limit the campaign contributions he accepted for the fall election, and he urged his opponent in the runoff, state Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland), to do the same. "From now on, this campaign ...   More
Thursday, October 18, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Nena Cook Antes Up In Supreme Court Race


Nena Cook, who is competing with Multnomah County Court Judge Richard Baldwin for a vacancy on the Oregon Supreme Court, reported loaning her campaign $80,000 yesterday. That loan comes on top of an earlier $10,000 Cook, a business and employment lawyer at the Sussman Shank firm in Portland, gave herself. She has also received $40,000 of the $232,000 she's raised this year from her mother and step-father. ...   More
Thursday, October 18, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Murmurs: A PAC of Dogs

We rate PolitiFact’s sense of humor “Half-True.”

Mayoral candidate Charlie Hales was awash in money from developers during the May primary race—almost one-quarter of his cash came from development- and real estate-related donors. After he won, H   More
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Your Money’s No Good Here

Under the grandstands, here’s how the mayoral campaign contribution limits compare.

It’s getting to where donating money in the Portland mayoral race requires photo ID, an advanced math degree and a healthy sense of irony. Last week, state Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portl   More
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 AARON MESH

Fritz Forgives $50,000 Loan to Her Own Campaign


City Commissioner Amanda Fritz—in a difficult fight for re-election—fueled her primary campaign with $50,000 in loans from her own pocket. Fritz, who would accept only contributions up to $50, needed the money to hang on against a strong challenge from state Rep. Mary Nolan (D-Portland.)Fritz has now forgiven that loan—which in effect turns the $50,000 into one big contribution to her own campaign, ...   More
Tuesday, August 7, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Jefferson Smith Caps Donations, But Differently

Says he'll cap spending at $500k—or what Charlie Hales spends


The campaign spending one-upmanship continues. It's Rep. Jefferson Smith's turn. More than a month after mayoral candidate Charlie Hales unilaterally announced a campaign contribution limit of $500 $600 and no out-of-state donors, Smith has responded with his own—entirely different—spending cap.Smith's cap limits individual contributions to $1,000 and has no out-of-state rule. But Smith promises ...   More
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 by Aaron Mesh

Hales Repays Campaign Debts, Including His Own


Mayoral candidate Charlie Hales picked an unusual time to start paying back his campaign debts: immediately after he'd set limits on how much money he could raise for the November election. Among Hales' biggest backers has been Rejuvination, Inc. chief executive James Kelly, who loaned $25,000 to the campaign—and donated another $25,000—before the May 15 primary. On June 21, Hales announced ...   More
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 COREY PEIN

Obama in Portland: The Liveblog


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Tuesday, July 24, 2012 WW Editorial Stafff


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