Council-hopeful Rene Gonzalez fined $77K for violating rules of Portland's small donor program

Portland’s small donor elections program penalized the Gonzalez campaign for accepting and not reporting a significant discount on downtown Portland office space.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland city council candidate Rene Gonzalez is facing $77,140 in fines and penalties for accepting and not reporting a significant discount on campaign office space in downtown Portland.

Gonzalez is running against incumbent commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty in the upcoming November election.

Portland’s small donor elections program says the Gonzalez campaign has paid $250 per month for office space that holds a fair market value of $6,900. The program’s director, Susan Mottet, wrote that a 96% discount on rent

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