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Sources Say • Fundraising at full steam

Since the end of the 2012 Legislature, state Rep. Jefferson Smith has raised money for his mayoral race with a vengeance.

Smith was prohibited from collecting campaign donations during the session, but has reported nearly $30,500 in cash contributions since it ended on March 5.

The biggest bucks came from organized labor, including $2,500 from Teachers Voice in Politics and $10,000 each from Oregon AFSCME Council 75 and AFSCME Local 189.

As of Monday, Smith had raised more than New Seasons co-founder Eileen Brady. She reported receiving slightly less than $26,000 in cash contributions. But former City Commissioner Charlie Hales beat both of them in the two-week period, with more than $32,000 in reported cash contributions.

Parents pungle up bucks for Bridger

A March 8 Tribune article on Portland school auctions profiled the efforts of one school in particular, Bridger K-8, in Southeast Portland.

Bridger was hosting its first off-site auction at Mt. Scott Community Center that weekend, with tickets selling for just $15. Parent leaders have struggled to raise funds in the past; this year they aimed to rake in $12,000, twice last year's total, although nowhere in the ballpark of the $100,000-plus many local schools raise.

Thanks to the generosity of sponsors and parents, Bridger's auction proceeds came to $29,000. Sometimes a little goodwill goes a long way.

Let's play 'Name This Protest'

Ever wonder how Occupy Portland and other protest groups come up with such catchy names for their events? Turns out it's not so easy.

Sources has obtained an email from someone organizing a local protest on April 15, which is usually tax day, except that it falls on a Sunday this year. It was sent to several people in the protest community, including former members of the Portland War Resisters League, soliciting names for the upcoming event.

"Help! I need your opinion OR suggestion 'toot sweet' so we can alert our network ASAP," says the email. "So, the names I have come up with are: Occupy a Redirection, Occupy Justice, Occupy New Priorities, Occupy the Commons, Occupy the People's Priorities and so forth and so on."

After months of nearly identical protests, we prefer Occupy So Forth and So On.

Sizemore wants his good name back

Anti-tax activist Bill Sizemore is suing a number of his political opponents and state officials in federal court, claiming they harmed his reputation when they called him a "convicted racketeer" and enforced judgments preventing him from using his petition signature-gathering businesses.

In October 2009, the Oregon Education Association and the Oregon chapter of the American Federation of Teachers sued Sizemore and his political and business organizations. At the time, Gail Rasmussen, president of the OEA, said in a press release that Sizemore was engaged in "racketeering."

In November 2009, Attorney General John Kroger filed charges against Sizemore for tax evasion. In August 2011, Sizemore pleaded guilty to felony tax evasion.

In his 56-page-complaint, which names Kroger, Rasmussen, eight other individuals and 50 additional unnamed "John Doe" defendants, Sizemore, acting as his own attorney, claims that targets of the lawsuit have prevented him from engaging in "initiative politics."

No court date has been set for the lawsuit.