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Sources Say • Political fund race revs up

by: ANNI TRACY Much of Oregon Attorney General John Kroger's campaign money has been returned to contributors, since he will not be running for re-election.

State Rep. Mary Nolan wasted no time jumping back in the fundraising game after the end of the 2012 Oregon Legislature. House rules prevented her from accepting contributions for her City Council race during the session.

But the latest filing shows Nolan pulled in nearly $15,000 in cash and in-kind contribution since the session adjourned on March 5. The two largest contributions were from organized labor - $5,000 from AFSCME Local 189 and $5,000 from Oregon AFSCME Council 75.

The contributions raise Nolan's total to more than $228,000.

In contrast, incumbent Commissioner Amada Fritz, who has limited contributions to $50, has raised slightly more than $79,000, including $50,000 in personal loans.

State Rep. Jefferson Smith, who was prohibited from accepting contributions for his campaign to be Portland's mayor, had not updated his campaign reports by press time.

Kroger tosses his cash around

Oregon Attorney General John Kroger has spent the large campaign chest he collected before deciding not to run for re-election last October. Kroger had more than $322,000 in the bank when he announced that he would not seek a second term because of a still-undisclosed health issue. By early this week, he had reduced that amount to about $32,000.

Much of the money has been returned to contributors. The largest rebates include $150,000 to the Democratic Attorneys General Association, and $10,000 each to Lithia Motors CEO Sidney DeBoer and Vancouver real estate developer Georges St. Laurent Jr.

Some money has been spent for political purposes, however. It includes $4,000 to the committee supporting Ben Unger for state representative, and $1,000 each to the Bonamici for Congress PAC, the Democratic Party of Oregon, the Multnomah County Democratic Central Committee and the Washington County Democratic Central Committee. And political consultant Mark Weiner has been paid $10,000 for 'management services,' presumably before the withdrawal.

County's voter rebellion continues

The push-back against Portland-style development continued in Clackamas County on Tuesday with the passage of two more ballot measures.

More than 77 percent of voters in Damascus approved a measure requiring a public vote on the comprehensive plan required by the state to guide future development.

More than 78 percent of voters in Estacada passed a measure requiring a public vote on urban renewal areas. More than 64 percent of Estacada voters also rejected an alternative placed on the ballot by the City Council.

The votes follow passage of countywide measures rejecting a new motor vehicle fee to help pay for the replacement Sellwood Bridge project and requiring a public vote on urban renewal areas.

Clackamas County elections officials are verifying signatures for a measure requiring a public vote on the county's $25 million contribution to the 7.3-mile, $1.49 billion Portland-to-Milwaukie light-rail line.