April 12, 2004
Potter Fans Form PAC, Newell Battles 'Willamette Week'
Two Quick Dispatches From The Primary Election
Elsewhere in election news, supporters of Mayoral candidate Tom Potter have opted to do an end-run around his $25 campaign contribution limit and have formed a political action committee, which describes itself as organized both to support Potter and to oppose Jim Francesconi.
Earlier today, PAC organizers filed their statement of organization and launched an initial website for what they're calling the Go Potter Go! PAC.
Their website details their reasons for creating the committee, and the frustration of some Potter supporters over not being able to contribute more than $25 per person, and offers something of a confession that Potter himself might not approve of the committee, given his committment to limit contributions to his campaign.
The PAC, organized by Adrian Russell-Falla, who is a campaign manager for City Council candidate Frank Dixon, says that it is entirely independent from the Potter campaign, and will "express both its independent support for Potter, and its opposition to Francesconi, in conformance with the law, and without impermissible coordination with the Potter campaign."
In related news, Potter's first pre-election contribution and expedniture summary was posted online today, and indicates that he received $44,989.58 in contributions, had $39,195.63 in expenditures, and had an ending balance of $8,195.94. But with outstanding loans and expenditures, his financial status at the close of the accounting period was $16,609.24 in debt.
Meanwhile, City Council candidate Jason Newell is pushing back hard against the exclusion of candidates other than Sam Adams and Nick Fish from events such as the upcoming Candidates Gone Wild! forum sponsored by Willamette Week, Bus Project, and the City Club of Portland's New Leaders Council.
Last last week, Newell sent out an email suggesting "a story about how the major media limits their reporting only to Nick Fish and Sam Adams. Then various media personalities gripe about the two sound the same, but fail to report on a 3rd candidate that contrasts very well with the other two."
Today, Newell responded to an email from a Willamette staffer about the rescheduling of endorsement interviews by adding other candidates and local media to his reply. In it, Newell writes:
Of course you know that on April 19th both Nick Fish and Sam Adams are the only two candidates being included in the Willamette Weekly candidate forum, and all the other candidates for Position 1 are being excluded. However, why are Nick Fish and Sam Adams being interviewed separately and the remaining five candidates as a group? Is this interview a formality for your endorsement of Fish or Adams, similarly to the Oregonian's endorsement?
We don't pass this along to weigh in with any particular viewpoint, although we have been trying to hit multi-candidate forums so readers get at least some sort of exposure to "minor" candidates.
However, to show how attention follows the money (even for presumptively progressive people such as Wilamette Week and Bus Project, who should know better), here are the breakdowns for Adams, Fish, and Newell.
Adams reports contributions of $253,923.31, expenditures of $126,228.17, a cash balance of $127,695.14, and a financial status at the close of the accounting period of a balance of $101,383.01.
Fish reports contributions of $200,579.29, expenditures of $146,716.40, a cash balance of $106,130.15, and a financial status at the close of the accounting period of a balance of $95,912.07.
Newell reports contributions of $4,301.40, expenditures of $3,849.49, a cash balance of $459.89, and a financial status at the close of the accounting period of a balance of $280.28.
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