State Warns Water Campaign to Knock off the Nestle Talk

The Oregon Elections Division says signature gatherers must stop selling chocolate on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard.  

WW broke the news Tuesday that a Portland resident filed an Oct. 20 complaint with the state about Portlanders for Water Reform's ballot-initiative campaign.

Brighton West, deputy director of Friends of Trees, said a signature gatherer was falsely claiming the initiative to wrest control of Portland utilities from City Hall would stop the city from selling its water supply to Nestle Corp.

The state said it would send the campaign a warning.

WW has obtained that warning email, sent to co-petitioners Kent Craford and Floy Jones on Oct. 21. Its basic message: Knock it off, or we'll investigate your campaign.

Here's the full text.

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