Jesse Cornett Hosting $1,000-a-Head Reception for President Obama


As first reported Tuesday by WW, President Barack Obama will visit Portland on July 24. Details of the campaign event are becoming clearer—and more expensive.The event will be a $1,000-a-head fundraising reception at the Oregon Convention Center. The time hasn't been announced, but some guests have been asked to RSVP to an unlikely host.It's Jesse Cornett, the Blue Oregon blog co-founder who, as ...   More
Thursday, June 28, 2012 by Aaron Mesh

Second Life

Can public campaign finance be revived in Portland?

City Hall
Four months after Portland voters killed public financing of political campaigns for city office, a small cadre of supporters is organizing to bring the issue back. They got the OK last month from   More
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 HENRY STERN

Ex-Candidate's New Year Resolution=Bring Back Public Campaign Financing to Portland

Former Portland City Council candidate Spencer Burton struck us during his unsuccessful 2010 campaign as an intriguing candidate. Burton failed to qualify for public financing as one of the hopefuls challenging the re-election of Commissioner Dan Saltzman. But we wrote before the May primary that Burton "surprised us with his knowledge of Portland affairs, his common-sense approach and his of-the-people ...   More
Friday, January 7, 2011 HANK STERN

Dan Saltzman's Challengers Have A Novel Plan

With the Jan. 29 public financing deadline looming in the race for Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzman's seat, his challengers met last Sunday to brainstorm strategies to secure public financing. And what did they come up with? A series of Candidates' Collective events in which candidates will each speak for five minutes and spend the rest of the evening collecting 1,000 signatures and the ...   More
Tuesday, January 5, 2010 Ari Phillips

Wealthy Donors Seek Public Financing in Congressional Races

In November, Portland voters will get a chance to weigh in on the city's controversial mechanism for publicly-financed elections, which Portland City Council approved in 2005. Although the conventional wisdom is that large donors oppose public financing because it reduces their influence, today's Wall Street Journal has a man-bites-dog story about a group of wealthy contributors pushing for ...   More
Friday, July 9, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

A Public Campaign Finance Expert's Views on Portland's Program and "Shape Shifters"

Harvard Law School professor Lawrence Lessig told Portland voters today they have an opportunity in the Nov. 2 election to continue making a difference in election reform. Lessig, director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, came to Portland State University this rainy Thursday afternoon at the invitation of supporters of city initiative 26-108. Lessig talked about the benefits of publicly ...   More
Thursday, October 28, 2010 Jacob Pierce


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