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Democrat Kate Brown is feigning concern that Republican Bud Pierce has spent $100,000 on an early TV advertising blitz in the 2016 Oregon governor’s race.


Pierce, a Salem doctor, has contributed $250,000 of his own money to his long-shot campaign to finish former Gov. John Kitzhaber’s unexpired term. After news of it broke, Brown’s campaign sent out an email fundraiser expressing alarm over the purchase and urging supporters to send money.

“BREAKING: The GOP Candidate for Governor has just dumped tens of thousands of dollars into an ad buy. Say you stand with Kate & chip in today,” read the Nov. 19 email from Team Brown.

But Brown already has raised more than $775,000, so far this year and was still sitting on more than $570,000 in campaign funds when the email went out. Recent contributions include $10,000 from liberal California activist Steve Silberstein, $2,500 from the Genentech pharmaceutical company, and $2,500 from Chris Maletis, one of two brothers trying to redevelop property they own south of Wilsonville, outside the urban growth boundary administered by Metro.

Council races mostly talk, so far

Rumors about possible new City Council candidates keep swirling but, so far, no one with any previous political experience has jumped in to challenge mayoral front-runner Ted Wheeler or commissioners Amanda Fritz and Steve Novick.

Last week, Jesse Cornett, a Lents community activist and failed council candidate, said he was thinking about challenging Wheeler. Portland architect and preservation advocate Stuart Emmons said he was “seriously considering” running against Novick. And Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith, who is thought to be considering challenging Novick, called for a review of county tax policies that might discourage the construction of new accessory dwelling units, a top city housing priority.

But the May 2016 primary election is only about six months away. Wheeler has more than $170,000 in the bank, and Novick has raised more than $103,000. Fritz filed a campaign committee on Oct. 29, indicating she’s ready to raise money, too, if necessary.

Novick replaces campaign manager

Some of Novick’s campaign money may not have been well-spent, however. He originally retained Hilltop Public Solutions to manage his campaign, paying them $15,300 on Sept. 1. But they parted ways when the firm was hired by Ted Wheeler for his campaign for mayor.

Asked by Sources, Novick said he does not believe the money was wasted and says the split was a mutual decision. He explains it was used for basic organizing that had to be done by someone.

Novick then retained veteran campaign manager Stacy Dycus to run his campaign. She works at ProspectPDX, which has received $8,300 from Novick, so far.

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