City Auditor affirms lobbying violations assessed against the Portland Business Alliance

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On May 26, 2021, the Auditor's Office affirmed its decision to impose a $450 penalty against Portland Business Alliance for failure to disclose communications with City officials.

May 26, 2021

Louise Hansen, City Elections Officer 
(503) 865-6503
Mary Hull Caballero, City Auditor

Portland City Auditor Mary Hull Caballero reconsidered evidence of lobbying violations at the request of the Portland Business Alliance and today affirmed a $450 penalty assessed against the organization in April.
The Alliance is a registered lobbying entity with the City and is required to report meetings, letters, emails, text messages, and phone calls with City officials when they involve attempts to influence their actions.
The original decision issued by the Auditor’s Office, which administers and enforces the City’s lobbyist registration and reporting requirements, determined the Alliance committed 25 violations in 2020 for not reporting contacts with City officials that met the definition of lobbying.
The Auditor’s decision may be appealed by writ of review to the Multnomah County Circuit Court within 60 days from the date of the decision.
The original decisionrequest for reconsideration, and final decision are available on the Lobbying and Political Consultant Regulation’s enforcement webpage.


Lobbying Regulations

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