Despite other needs, Council approves publicly financed elections



Despite other needs, Council approves publicly financed elections

Portland City Council voted to approve Commissioner Amanda Fritz’s proposal for publicly financed elections.
Portland City Council voted to approve Commissioner Amanda Fritz’s proposal for publicly financed elections. An amendment offered by Commissioners Nick Fish and Dan Saltzman to refer the program to voters for approval was rejected by a majority of Council. The program, which will be administered by the Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI), will provide city general funds to match private donations to qualifying candidates for Council. The Alliance opposed the program, arguing that there are other priorities for city funding, such as the ongoing homelessness and housing emergency, and that voters already rejected a previous public campaign financing scheme in 2010. Read the letter.