Sondland contributions become issue in Portland mayor's race
Campaign donations made to Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler in 2012 and 2016 by Portland businessman and U.S. ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland are under new scrutiny following revelations of Sondland's involvement in ongoing controversy with President Donald Trump and Ukraine.
Portland mayoral candidate Sarah Iannarone called on Wheeler Saturday to return previous campaign donations he received from Sondland.
Wheeler received a combined $15,500 in donations from Sondland and his business entity, Portland-based Provenance Hotels, in 2012 and 2016, according to ORESTAR, the state's campaign finance database.
Congressional investigators are interested in Sondland because he and another diplomat had talked to Ukranian leaders about how to respond to pressure from Trump to investigate political rival and former Vice President Joe Biden.
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