Source Say: Wyden's complaints about memo blasted
Oregon U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden has criticized the release of the Republican memo on the Russiagate investigation, saying it was hypocritical because the White House has opposed the release of other sensitive intelligence records in the past. The Democrat serves on the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Journalist Glenn Greenwald, who did much of the early reporting on National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, is unimpressed. After Wyden started complaining about the pending release of the memo, Greenwald tweeted, "As whistle-blowers have gone to prison, Ron Wyden has been playing this game for years where he hints, winks & coyly offers clues of what he claims is massive, serious, high-level surveillance abuses — as though it's a game of charades — but refuses to tell the public what it is."
Greenwald, who now writes for The Intercept website, has been critical of both the Russiagate investigation and the media's coverage of it. You can read his Twitter feed at tinyurl.com/y9cxjyew.
Smith is top council candidate fundraiser
Despite being accused of election law violations, Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith raised more than any other candidate running for the City Council seat being vacated by Commissioner Dan Saltzman in January.
According to the most recent filings with the Oregon Secretary of State's Office, Smith raised $73,927 for the race in January, which is more than she raised in all of 2017.
In second place was mayoral staffer and David Douglas School Board member Andrea Valderrama, who raised $17,551 in cash and in-kind contributions by press time. She was followed by NAACP of Portland President Jo Ann Hardesty, who reported raising $9,625 in January.
Smith raised far more than Commissioner Nick Fish, who is running for re-election and reported collecting $19,570 in the first month of the year. His campaign kickoff fundraiser was on Feb. 1, however. Fish's most serious opponent, environmentalist Julia DeGraw, raised $3,197 by press time.
State election officials have fined Smith $250 for not updating her political action committee, and activist Seth Woolley has filed a lawsuit in Multnomah County Circuit Court to force her to resign from her commission seat because she began running for the council before the start of her last year, which is barred by the county charter.
Unusual lobbying advice
Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat offered some unusual advice to those hoping to influence the City Council on Tuesday.
Speaking at a panel discussion on transportation issues, Treat urged Portlanders to testify in person before the council whenever possible. "And bring your children. They'll listen to you closer," she added.
When someone in the audience said he doesn't have any children, Treat shot back, "Borrow some."
Treat was speaking at the first monthly membership meeting of the year of Business for a Better Portland, a year-old business organization that urges its members to get involved in public affairs.