FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The City Auditor’s Office issued a civil penalty of $5,520 against Rene Gonzalez’s campaign for accepting in-kind contributions for six months of downtown parking from Schnitzer Property Management, LLC.
The Elections Office, which is in the Auditor’s Office, investigated a complaint about Rene for Portland accepting prohibited subsidized rent and parking. The in-kind office space donation did not violate City campaign finance regulations. The Elections Officer determined, however, that donated parking spaces from May through October counted as unlawful in-kind contributions.
The Auditor Office’s determination is independent from but related to a recent investigation by the Small Donor Elections Program. The Small Donor Elections Program is not overseen by the Auditor’s Office.
The determination letter for Complaint No. 2022-03-RG is posted on the City Elections Office website.
The City Elections Office can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or (503) 865-6503.