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PGE & PP&L's Very Deceptive Campaign
(...and PGE claims "We're not Enron!")

The following pertains to the Multnomah County PUD campaign. In Clackamas County, Portland General financed 100% of the anti-PUD campaign. View that here.

 

In their television commercials and literature, Citizens against the Government Takeover gives the impression that they're average people like you and I. Viewing the Contributions and Expenditures Report, required by the state, paints a different picture. The CAGT campaign is led by Brian Gard, senior executive of Gard and Gerber, the public relations and advertising firm you see listed below.

Of the twenty-three attorneys/lawyers listed below, it appears that all of them work for law firms who represent one of the utilities or work for PGE itself. State law requires that contributors list their occupation or provide employer information.

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Through the November 24 reporting period, contributions totaled almost $3 million of which $2,970,762 (99.15%) came from PacifiCorp and PGE in cash and in-kind. All other contributions totaled just $25,532, with much of that coming from utility executives and attorneys whose law firms work for PGE or PP&L.

 
1st
Pre-Election
2nd
Pre-Election
1st
Supplement
2nd
Supplement
Post-Election
(to 11/24/03)
Total
PGE
$195,012
$765,969
$1,041
$6,393
$441,655
$1,410,070
PacifiCorp
$552,072
$118,236
$233,206
$233,612
$423,566
$1,560,692
Total          
$2,970,762
All Others    
 
$25,532

Source: Compiled from C&E reports directly and from data compiled by Oregon Follow the Money.

Comcast (cable company) contributed $10,000 in the 2nd reporting period.

The following is just the 1st Pre-Election Report

June 12 through September 18, 2003
$0 beginning balance
$513,531 cash contributions
$247,084 in-kind
$760,615 total contributions
  $501,769 cash expenditures
$247,084 in-kind
$748,853 total expenditures
$11,761 ending cash balance

Miscellaneous Contributions of $50 & under - $406.15 (of $760,615.00)
  • $552,072 - PacifiCorp
  • $195,012 - PGE
  • $1,000 - James Fell, Attorney
  • $1,000 - Henry Hewitt, Attorney
  • $1,000 - Katherine McDowell, Attorney
  • $500 - Gregory Mowe, Attorney
  • $500 - James Van Nostrand, Attorney
  • $500 - Marcus Wood, Attorney
  • $400 - Robert G. Kallen, Retired
  • $250 - Melvin Mark, CEO, Melvin Mark Companies
  • $250 - Matt Chapman, Cantrisoft
  • $250 - Christopher Heuer, Lawyer
  • $250 - Charles Lewis III, Lawyer
  • $250 - Tom Wood, Attorney
  • $250 - Joan Snyder, Attorney
  • $250 - Ashford Pacific
  • $250 - Stephen Hawke, Vice President, PGE
  • $250 - Alan Blank, Attorney
  • $250 - Gun Denhart, Chairman, clothing industry
  • $250 - Andrew Gardner, Attorney
  • $250 - Richard Josephson, Attorney
  • $250 - Dennis Leybold, Attorney
 
  • $250 - Andrew Macritchie, Vice President, PacifiCorp
  • $250 - Fred Miller, Executive Vice President, PGE
  • $250 - Northwest Natural Gas
  • $250 - Pamela Lesh, Attorney
  • $250 - Bernie Bottomly, Attorney
  • $250 - Ronald Grossman, Lawyer
  • $250 - Charles Hinkle, Lawyer
  • $250 - Margaret Kirkpatrick, Attorney
  • $250 - Michael Pittman, Senior Vice President, PacifiCorp
  • $250 - A. Richard Walje, Executive, PacifiCorp
  • $200 - James Piro, PGE
  • $200 - Stephen Quennoz, PGE
  • $150 - Vistoria MacPherson, Attorney
  • $100 - Deane Funk, Attorney
  • $100 - Precision Castparts
  • $100 - Patrick Cox, CEO, Qsent
  • $100 - Richard Reiten, Executive, NW Natural
  • $50 - Robert Manicke, Attorney
  • $50 - Samuel Panarella, Lawyer
  • $25 - Mark Starrett, rate analyst

Here is a partial breakdown of expenditures for the 1st Pre-Election Report:

The in-kind donations show items like printing, voter's pamphlet statements, etc. One of the more interesting items is labeled "Employee time".

  • $70,352 - in-kind PacifiCorp "employee time" contribution
  • $52,010 - in-kind PGE "employee time" contribution
  • $213,425 - Gard & Gerber
  • $2,800 - Multnomah County (voter's pamphlet statements)

 

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