Where did that contribution come from, where did it go? Just watch the cards, folks.
With the C&E's filed yesterday, there are some remarkably similar names showing up.
[Warning, these are all links to moderately large PDF files.]
Let's start with the First Things First Committee, who filed their Chief Petitioner report back in February.
Now take a look at the just filed Alliance PAC report (as in Portland Business Alliance). Most of its funds to went to First Things First.
And then there's the report of Portland Voters for Sensible Government. We don't know where their $16,500 went, since there's no expenditure sheet in their report (but the name does show up on the First Things First report to the tune of $1,700 dollars).
And finally, let's stack those up against Ginny Burdick's C&E.
They're essentially the same names! [I'm told the Oregonian is working up a big spreadsheet]. Headliners: PGE, Qwest, Comcast, Regence, Standard Insurance with checks of $1,000, $5,000 or $10,000 appearing in multiple locations. Does anyone still doubt that there is a clique of monied special interests trying to hang onto power in Portland Politics? Or why they would find Voter Owned Elections so threatening?