Over at the Portland Mercury, they're reporting the breaking news this afternoon that an administrative law judge has ruled that Sho Dozono violated the rules of Portland's voter-owned elections system - and thus will not receive public financing for his mayoral campaign.
From the city's announcement:
Presiding State Administrative Law Judge David Gerstenfeld has overturned the decision of the City Auditor to certify Mayoral Candidate Sho Dozono, making him ineligible for $161,171 in public funds to finance his campaign. At issue was a poll conducted in December 2007. In Gerstenfeld’s Final Order, the Finding of Law is that “Dozono received in-kind contributions in excess of the applicable limit for candidates seeking certification to receive public campaign financing.”
Will Dozono stay in the race? That's unclear. From Amy Ruiz at the Merc:
I’ve left a message with Dozono’s campaign manager to see if he’ll continue as a privately financed candidate, continue with the $40K he raised pre-certification, or if he’ll stick to his original pledge to not run if he doesn’t get public financing (which is somewhat a moot point, as it’s past the deadline to withdraw from the ballot—Dozono’s on it whether he actively campaigns or not).
Update: Willamette Week suggests that Dozono may stay in the race.
When he announced his campaign in January, Dozono said he would only run with public financing. As he told the Portland Tribune, "I made a commitment that if I don't qualify, I will not run for mayor."
But more recently Dozono has told KATU and WW that if the State Administrative Law Judge David Gerstenfeld ruled that he was ineligible for public funds, on account of the bungled reporting of a $27,000 poll conducted on Dozono's behalf before he signed up for public financing, that he may stay in the race with private financing. "The campaign's already started," he said.
Dozono's comments to KATU are available online at KATU.com here.