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Political action committee refunds more than $360,000 to its contributors.

COURTESY FILE PHOTO: KRISTYNA WENTZ-GRAFF / OPB - A posting is taped near a group of tents in downtown Portland in May, giving notice that the area will be swept.

People for Portland, the nonprofit political group pushing city leaders to take a more aggressive approach to homelessness, appears to have given up on its attempts to get a measure on the November ballot.

Earlier this month, the group's political action committee Everyone Deserves Safe Shelter returned more than $360,000 in contributions to its donors. That includes large donations, such as $40,000 returned to both Killian Pacific and Schnitzer Properties.

The People for Portland proposed ballot measure,first introduced in March, would have shifted tax money away from creating affordable housing and wraparound services in order to create emergency shelters. It would have also made it a requirement for governments in the Portland region to enforce public camping bans if they wanted to receive homeless services money.

The pot of money the group proposed using was from a tax that voters in Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties created in May 2020.

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