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Sources Say: Unions' bucks fight, aid Hales

Making up to Mayor Charlie Hales is costing two branches of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees a lot of money. But not as much money as they wasted on Jefferson Smith, the former state representative trounced by Hales in November’s general election.

AFSCME Council 75 contributed $5,000 to Hales’ campaign on Dec. 4. During the 2012 primary and general elections, it gave $15,000 to Smith. And AFSCME Local 189 also gave Hales $5,000 on Dec. 4. It previously gave $10,000 to Smith.

To make matters worse, the AFSCME contributions are intended to pay off more than $90,000 in loans and debts incurred by the Hales campaign — money it already spent to defeat Smith.

Other recent major contributions to Hales include $2,500 each from the Natural Gas Political Action Committee, Holland Partner Group President Clyde Holland, Drumlin Holdings Chairman Steven McGready, and EB5 Global, a development company based in the Pearl District.

Fritz limps along with contribution limit

Compared to Hales, Commissioner Amanda Fritz is struggling to pay off more than $130,000 in personal loans she made to her successful re-election campaign. The Fritz campaign has only reported raising $1,185 since the Nov. 6 election in which she defeated state Rep. Mary Nolan.

Of course, Fritz is handicapped by her voluntary $250 limit on contributions. She might want to follow Hales’ lead. He had a voluntary $600 cash contribution limit during the general election but dropped it once he had defeated Smith.

Meet Sam Adams, ‘radical middle’ mayor

Many Portlanders may have been puzzled by a recent column in USA Today praising former Mayor Sam Adams for working with evangelical Christians on community projects.

The Dec. 28 column, written by USA Today Board of Contributors member Tom Krattenmaker, called Adams a member of the “radical middle” who is willing to put politics aside to help those in need. But it did not identify any of the local evangelicals working with Adams or mention their projects.

In fact, Adams first began working with evangelical Christian Kevin Palau more than a year ago to mobilize more than 26,000 volunteers for community projects. The partnership has generated more national than local media coverage, including a Christmas Day 2011 story on the ABC Evening News. It noted that Adams is openly gay, something many evangelicals believe is sinful.

But the ABC report also quoted Adams as saying that he and Palau agreed to put any differences aside and “have massive agreement around needing to help people who are currently not being served.”

Occupy this survey

It’s 2013, do you know where the Occupy movement is going?

That’s what Occupy Portland wants to know. The group is asking people to take an online survey to guide it in coming months as it continues its “fight for a more free, just, equitable world.”

The survey is at www.occupyportland.org. Information on the group’s activities can be found at www.occupyportlandcalendar.org, or on Facebook.