Fritz Forgives $123,000 Loan to City Hall Campaign

She tells supporters to donate to Jeff Merkley instead.

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City Commissioner Amanda Fritz rang in the new year by dropping some campaign debt from the old. Fritz has forgiven $123,418 in loans she made to her own campaign last year. That's a holiday gift to the supporters she'd been asking to reimburse her self-funded election.She had been accepting donations to recoup the money she spent on a hotly contested 2012 race for her City Council seat against former ...   More
 
Thursday, January 2, 2014 AARON MESH

Fritz Throws Down $25,000 For Reelection Bid

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The biggest single infusion of cash so far in any of the 2012 Portland City Council races came late last week from a surprising source: Commissioner Amanda Fritz.On June 9, Fritz loaned her reelection campaign $25,000, her campaign finance records show. Fritz, who worked as a psychiatric nurse before joining the City Council, was not immediately available for comment. Fritz was a key booster and beneficiary ...   More
 
Monday, June 13, 2011 COREY PEIN

Proponents of Publicly Funded Campaigns Admit Defeat in Portland


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Heather Stuart, spokeswoman for the "Yes" on Measure 26-108 campaign to continue publicly funded political campaigns in Portland, issued the following statement around noon acknowledging defeat in yesterday's election: The Friends of Voter-Owned Elections—representing more than 60 organizations and thousands of Portlanders— is obviously disappointed by the loss of Measure 26-108 to retain ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 3, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

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


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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

New Portland Group Takes Aim at Publicly Financed Campaigns


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Laura Imeson, campaign manager for the failed 2006 effort to repeal publicly financed campaigns in Portland, is back for another round of battle. According to paperwork filed yesterday with the Secretary of State's office, Imeson will be part of a new group calling itself Portlanders Against Taxpayer-Funded Political Campaigns. The group aims to defeat the November measure that will ask voters ...   More
 
Thursday, August 5, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

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


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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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