Sources Say: Some Max Wall backers a mystery
Max Wall could spend $500,000 or more in his campaign for Washington County district attorney, and hardly anyone will know where most of the money came from until after the May 15 primary election.
That is because nearly $390,000 has so far been contributed by two Washington D.C.-based political action committees that do not have to report the details of their fundraising until July 1, two weeks after the election. Contacted by KOIN 6 News last week, a spokesman for the committees declined to reveal the contributors before the deadline. He denied it was from liberal billionaire George Soros, who has been funding criminal-justice reform candidates across the country.
Wall is running as such a candidate against Washington County Chief Deputy District Attorney Kevin Barton. Barton has so far raised a little under $168,000 this year. His biggest contributor is ActionPAC, a conservative Oregon-based political action committee. It has given him a little over $52,000 in cash and in-kind contributions, according to the most recent state filings.
Major League Baseball proponents lobby city
Portland Diamond Project, the group behind bringing a Major League Baseball team to town, spent $30,000 lobbying the City Council during the first three months of 2018. The group identified its purpose as introducing the project to the council, according to the first-quarter lobbying disclosure reports released by the City Auditor's Office.
Just under 50 entities filed the required reports, ranging from the 1000 Friends of Oregon land-use watchdog organization to the ZRZ Realty Co., which represents the Zidell family developing the South Waterfront area. Only those who spend more than eight hours or $1,000 on lobbying are required to provide details. By way of comparison, 1000 Friends spent less than $1,000 lobbying on the Residential Infill Project while ZRZ spent $65,163 on redevelopment discussions.
Other big spenders include Lyft, the ride-sharing company facing increased regulations, at $15,000; the Harvey Milk Project, which wants to name a portion of Stark Street after the late gay rights activist, at $12,925, and Orange Barrel Media, which is lobbying on transportation-related issues, at $10,500. Public employees are exempt from disclosure.
The complete filings are available on the auditor's website at portlandoregon.gov/auditor.
Metro evaluates race question for housing bond
As Metro considers a $516.5 million affordable housing bond for the November 2018 ballot, it is asking residents to share their opinions by answering an online survey that includes many of the issues being discussed by the advisory committees working on the measure.
Among other things, the Opt-In survey asks questions about the importance of publicly funded affordable housing projects, where they should be located and who should be given preference to live in them.
Perhaps the most controversial questions ask whether respondents believe the Portland area has a history of racism that justifies prioritizing such housing for communities of color.
The Metro Council is scheduled to hold a work session on the potential measure on May 29 and vote whether to refer it to the ballot on June 7.
You can take the survey at bit.ly/metrohousingsurvey.