Oregon Dismisses Complaint Alleging Campaign Misled Business Owners



Oregon Dismisses Complaint Alleging Campaign Misled Business Owners

The Oregon secretary of state’s office has thrown out a complaint filed against opponents of the Portland gross receipts tax measure.

The complaint alleged the Keep Portland Affordable PAC misled at least two local business owners into signing campaign material opposing Measure 26-201, the Portland initiative that would impose a 1 percent surcharge on the gross revenue large businesses generate in Portland.

Two business owners at the center of the complaint have since come out saying they actually support the measure, which would use the money generated from the tax to fund clean energy projects and job training around the city.

“We’re thankful that the Secretary of State’s office saw through this publicity stunt and dismissed this frivolous complaint,” the Keep Portland Affordable PAC said in an emailed statement.

“It’s important that Portlanders remain focused on what this measure is really about — it’s a $166 a year tax that will be paid by families across Portland. It will increase the cost of goods and services that we buy every day and it will hit those who can least afford it the hardest.”

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