Mayor Charlie Hales continues building his re-election war chest — with most large contributions coming from development interests.

Hales reported receiving $17,000 in contributions in the first half of June. Large contributions included $5,000 from developer Bob Ball, $3,000 from developer Daniel Deutsch, $1,500 from architect Michael McCulloch, and $500 from developer Phil Morford.

Hales has raised nearly $95,000 so far this year and currently has about $38,000 in his campaign account. Major expenditures include $20,275 to fundraising consultant Justin Clark and $4,300 to NGP VAN Inc., a Washington, D.C., campaign technology company primarily used by Democrats.

No one has announced against Hales yet, although state Treasurer Ted Wheeler has not ruled it out.

Open seats in the state

The campaign season probably will start heating up now that the 2015 Oregon Legislature has adjourned.

Several legislators already are thought to be eyeing the two statewide seats where no incumbents will be running for re-election — state treasurer and secretary of state. No challengers with any experience are yet rumored to be running against the statewide incumbents expected to seek re-election — U.S. Sen Ron Wyden, Gov. Kate Brown and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum.

Of greater local interest is whether any legislators will run for the seats that are up on the Portland City Council and Multnomah County Commission. Former state Rep. Jules Bailey successfully ran for the commission in 2014, reversing the usual political career path from local to state office. Rumors already are circulating that state Rep. Jessica Vega Pederson (D-Dist. 47) is interested in the commission seat that must be vacated by Judy Shiprack because of the county’s term-limit restriction.

Records anyone?

The Oregon Department of Administrative Services has finally finished gathering all the records requested by federal prosecutors involved in the influence peddling investigation into former Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, who was a paid consultant for organizations interested in influencing state environmental and economic policy.

According to the Capital Insider, the records have been turned over to the Oregon Department of Justice, which is processing them for release to the U.S. Department of Justice. There is no estimate of how long the investigation will take.

“We, in our minds, have provided what we think is responsive,” DAS spokesman Matt Shelby said last week. “They obviously have the right to come back and ask for specific things.”

The Capital Insider is a subscription newsletter published by the Pamplin Media and EO (East Oregonian) Media Group.

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