City Hall Bucks

Contributions in the mayor’s campaign have topped $1 million, and it’s becoming clear who’s paying for this race.

From speeches in swanky bars to parties with aerial dancers, Portland’s three leading mayoral candidates...   More
Wednesday, February 1, 2012 HEIDI GROOVER

Oregon Lawmaker Accused of Diverting Money from A Defense Contractor to Bankroll GOP Candidates

A federal lawsuit says Sen. Brian Boquist, R-Dallas, misappropriated funds from a military training firm he owns

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State Sen. Brian Boquist (R-Dallas) allegedly misappropriated "thousands of dollars" from a U.S. military contractor and funneled the money to Republican Party candidates and causes in Oregon, according to a federal lawsuit filed by Boquist's former business partners.The partners allege that Boquist forced them out of the company, called ICI Wyoming, in December, and that they subsequently learned ...   More
Friday, February 3, 2012 COREY PEIN

Contractors Throw D.C. Fundraiser For Blumenauer


Despite not having a challenger in the 2012 election cycle, U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Portland) has raised some $432,000 for his campaign as of September 30.That tally grows steadily. On Wednesday, Blumenauer was the beneficiary of a fundraising reception held by the Associated General Contractors of America at the lobbying group's townhouse in southeast Washington, D.C. Entry fees were as follows:$5,000 ...   More
Friday, December 9, 2011 COREY PEIN

Reversal of Fortune

In the fight for the Oregon House, Dems usually raise more money than Republicans—but not this year.

Maybe money can’t buy you love—legally, anyway—but it helps when trying to sway voters. For much of the past decade, Oregon House Democrats have out-raised   More
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

The Campaign Cash Trail

Financial reports for the mayor’s race show key differences between Charlie Hales and Eileen Brady.

Even the joyless, pitiful souls who spent this summer paying attention to a City Hall election...   More
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 COREY PEIN

Fritz Throws Down $25,000 For Reelection Bid


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


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