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Publication Date: April 2004

Publisher(s): Democracy Reform Oregon

Author(s): Janice Thompson

Topic: Politics (Campaigns, lobbying, and pressure groups)

Type: News release

Coverage: Oregon


Historical analysis of contributions to Portland City Council members indicates domination by big business interests, particularly the real estate sector, as well as a concentration of donations from downtown and wealthier neighborhoods. In general, campaign contributions are not coming from a cross section of typical Portlanders.