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"To PGE, our ignorance is worth $300,000" – Andy Parker, The Oregonian [Link]

CLACKAMAS CITIZENS AGAINST THE COSTLY TAKEOVER IS A PGE FRONT GROUP
(...and PGE claims, "We're not Enron!")

Are you OFFENDED by PGE and their PR firm's deceit
to get you to vote against your best interests? You should be!

Nineteen of twenty voter pamphlet arguments opposing the PUD were paid for by PGE. It appears many, or perhaps all of them, were written by PGE or its PR firm. Every single dollar contributed in the anti-PUD campaign came from PGE, according to Contribution & Expendure Reports filed with County Elections. This has gone to pay for literature, radio, newspaper, and TV ads, and phone calls originating from out-of-state when Oregon as the nation's highest unemployment rate. PGE has bought the support of organizations with ratepayer money.

The only director of the so-called "Clackamas Citizens Against" political committee is Brian Gard, senior executive of GARD & GERBER. They are PGE's public relations firm. PR people half-jokingly describe themselves as professional liars because their job is to sell you things that you don't want or need, and then for more money than something's worth.

Gard & Gerber's job here is to scare you away from looking into what a PUD can save you, while PGE, its client, charges you twice as much as some neighboring utilities.

Gard and Gerber's office is in Multnomah County. Yet why are they calling themselves "Clackamas" Citizens?

PGE is spreading an anti-government message in this campaign even though a PUD brings "ratepayer ownership." In fact, it's PGE who is a "shadow government" who consistently uses its political muscle against the best interests of ratepayers.

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Through the May 2 contribution reporting period, Portland General financed 100% of the anti-PUD campaign.

1st
Pre-Election
2nd
Pre-Election
1st
Supplement
2nd
Supplement
Post-
Election
Total
PGE
$311,589.42
$352,157.13
$663,746.55
Others
$0.00
$0.00
     
$0.00
Total
$311,589.42
$352,157.13
     
$663,746.55

Source: Contribution & Expenditure reports filed with Clackamas County Elections.

Here is a partial breakdown of expenditures for the 1st Pre-Election Report.
There's an ending cash balance of 275,376.48.

  • $6,400.00 - Sixteen Voter Pamphlet arguments;
  • $1,200.00 - Three Voter Pamphlet arguments: PGE employees, PGE retirees,
                      and Peggy Fowler (In-Kind contributions);
  • $18,223.52 - Gard & Gerber.

Here is a partial breakdown of expenditures for the 2nd Pre-Election Report.
There's an ending cash balance of 203,812.67.

  • $2,157.13 - From PGE to "Citizens" and includes catering, labor, and legal and printing costs (In-Kind contributions);
  • $371, 563.81 - Gard & Gerber.

 


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