Daily Archives: January 19, 2012

UPDATED! Occupy Runs Candidate for Mayor And Already Break Campaign Laws!

I talked with Occupy Portlander Cameron Whitten today about his run for Mayor of Portland. Hear our conversation on the Victoria Taft Show in Thursday’s 2pm hour here. See my previous post about him here.

But as I caution in my previous piece, WHERE Cameron decides to house his new election HQ is an issue. Since Occupy Portland or De-Colonize Portland or whatever they’re branding it this week is housed in St. Francis Church–home of the Che Guevarra meeting room–it’s illegal to do candidate advocacy from a house of worship.

And as you hear at the end of our interview Cameron says that’s exactly where his HQ is located.

But here’s what Blogforce member and attorney Bruce McCain says about Cameron using Occupy’s/De-Colonize Portland’s HQ for his elections office.

Here is the IRS bulletin about church property used for political purposes. It certainly sounds like the church is involved in “Political Campaign Intervention.”
“Allowing a candidate to use an organization’s assets or facilities will also violate the prohibition if other candidates are not given an equivalent opportunity…”
See the link here. 
 
Bruce R. McCain, Esq.

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Forensic Accounting Analysis Released, Time To Pull The Plug On CRC

See also Couv.com for Forensic accountant slams high costs, low competition of CRC

After many months of work, Forensic accountant Tiffany Couch has released her CRC Forensic Accounting Analysis (81 page pdf)

Her work has “identified numerous significant questionable accounting and contracting practices involving the CRC.”

Today, January 19, 2011, she held a meeting in the Republican Caucus Room with Washington State Legislators where she shared her findings with “Representatives Armstrong, Clibborn, Harris, Moeller, Orcutt, and Rivers. Washington State Department of Transportation officials on hand included: David Dye, Deputy Secretary of Transportation; Steve McKerney, WSDOT Director of Internal Audit; and Bob Covington, Director of Accounting and Financial Services. CRC project office officials and staff were invited but chose not attend.”

As previously noted, Tiffany Couch was one of 15 speakers speaking at the Smarter Bridge Committee News Conference held last Thursday morning on the northern bank of the Columbia River, each expressing their own misgivings on the current project as planned.

Ms. Couch communicated questionable accounting practices on just where has some $150 Million of our tax dollars gone. She touched on this in the Executive Summary,

“As a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner it is my professional opinion – based upon the information I have reviewed, and measured against the continued difficulties I’ve experienced with Columbia River Crossing (CRC) project office members – that the accounting and contracting practices for the CRC project are characterized by irregularities and planning missteps on many fronts. The magnitude of these irregularities, in terms of quantity, amount, and qualitative aspects of the project, are more than adequate to indicate that this project is suffering from a severe lack of accountability, transparency, and oversight. It is my further opinion that these irregularities are of a sufficient depth to warrant an intervention on the project, and perhaps a termination or delay until procedures are in place that provide for centralized accounting and financial decision making, and compliance with federal and state contracting standards. Whether there is sufficiency to elevate these irregularities to a definition that would warrant the assertion of civil or criminal practices is not the subject of my comments today. Such definition could not be ascribed without further scrutiny and investigation. That responsibility from here forward falls to you – the elected officials who run these states – in your representation of your constituents, the citizens of Washington (and Oregon).

I have maintained for some time, based off of what I read in the Columbian, the Oregonian and the Willamette Week that an investigation is warranted and if need be, a criminal investigation conducted by the Department of Justice. That does not mean any actual criminal acts have been performed, but it would reveal just what has been going on.

We should not forget the rancor over a misplaced $100,000 in the city of Washougal just a couple years ago that resulted in a criminal investigation. Here we are concerned with over $150 Million so far!

Days ago the Portland Tribune published, “Irvington group gathers money for bridge legal fight Neighborhood coalition expected to appeal Columbia River Crossing to federal court” informing us the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods Inc intentions of “appealing the massive bridge project to federal court.”

Few people don’t agree that the bridge across the Columbia in the I-5 corridor shouldn’t be replaced, but we also acknowledge that the current $3.5 Billion to $10 Billion design is much more than is needed and will not decrease congestion through that area. Most admit if reducing congestion is really the overall goal, more bridges would be needed and a vast improvement would need to be seen in the I-5 freeway through Portland, Oregon.

There is also the matter of forcing Clark County resident’s to accept Portland’s financially struggling light rail extended into our community, even though 3 past votes have indicated we do not wish it to be brought over here.

Speakers at the Smarter Bridge Committee news conference also brought out that there are at least 3 other proposals in existence to deal with replacing the bridge at a reasonable cost and that might actually reduce congestion that have not been considered.

Citizen efforts at accountability have been ignored and ridiculed by community elected leaders with the willing help of the Columbian who once featured a front page article with photos of the citizens who most often question the project.

Successful businessman David Madore, who hired Ms. Couch to do the work the government should have been doing and reporting became the target of elected leaders and the Columbian.

To their credit, even the Columbian has began questioning and publishing editorials expressing misgivings on the project too, here and here. As strong of a cheerleader as the Columbian has been, to see them now making such a drastic turnaround screams for some level of investigation.

Little doubt that Vancouver mayor, Boss Tim ‘the liar’ Leave-it’ and county commissioner Steve Stuart will try to marginalize the report from Ms. Couch and continue trying to shove this project down our throats, whether we can afford it or even want it.

I hope that between the legislatures of both states as well as ODOT and WSDOT, this boondoggle will come to a screeching halt until questions are answered, proper accountability is put into place and if warranted, prosecutions taking place.

It can and must be done better.

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The Clackamas County Rebellion Claims Three Lake Oswego City Officials–Including the Mayor

The Clackamas County Rebellion is in full flow.

Unaffiliated concerned citizens, members of Americans for Prosperity and Oregon 9/12  have engaged in a high intensity push back on big ticket transportation and planning items that they believe will gut their pristine county, grow crime, and leave taxpayers tapped out. They’re sick of it.

They’ve told Clackamas County Commissioners and Lake Oswego Council members to knock it off and get out and the street car you rode in on. 

They’ve pushed back and threatened to run candidates against at least three of the Lake Oswego Council members–including the mayor–for ignoring the will of the people and going forward with plans to build a street car.

Yesterday the Mayor, City Manager and one council member said they were leaving.  Good. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

Perhaps the turning point for these folks was news that a meeting of pissed off Clackamas County voters drew approximately 250 people in Milwaukie Monday night–demonstrating the movement is continuing to grow.  Political consultants are now involved.

People who don’t want their city gutted with Crime Met light rail and street cars are fighting back.  They have rebuffed the Professional Planner Class who want their light rail coming to Milwaukie bringing their beatings with it.

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Occupy Portland Cheapskates Leave Everyone Else With Their Bill. Again.

Let’s just note for the record that the acolytes of Occupy Portland promised to clean up the parks after destroying them. However that takes money and the Occupiers aren’t equally sharing the burden with the masses.

After leaving the huge costs of babysitting Occupiers by expensive police officers to the taxpayers, the Occupy Portland bunch can’t even muster some spange to do what they said they’d do: restore the parks. And raking leaves for two hours doesn’t count, kids.

The Occupiers said they’d help fund the effort to get the Portland Parks they destroyed back up to scratch. But they haven’t. Ironically, corporate America is paying for most of it. Naturally.

The Trib has a story here. 

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Occupy Portland Floats Candidate for Mayor

Police Provide 8×10 Glossies for Cam

Cameron Whitten, a 20 year old Occupy Portland camper claims to have filed paper work to run for Mayor of Portland. He claims to have better leadership qualities than Sam Adams. Not that it would be hard to do that or anything.

Cameron Whitten, 20, an Occupy Wall Street activist has entered his name into the race for Mayor of Portland. Whitten gathered the papers to register on November 14th, the day after the Occupy Portland demonstration was evicted from Lownsdale and Chapman parks. He convinced staff to give him access into City Hall, although current Mayor Sam Adams ordered the entire building to be under lockdown.


Wow, sneaking into City Hall after they closed it to the public because of the violent protesters. Apparently that’s a big qualification for Mayor of Portland.
Says Cameron:

“We are in a state of crisis, both locally and globally. We have been deceived by career politicians who answer to their paycheck before listening to the people. We must influence the culture of our government, and embrace the standards of direct democracy in order to empower our community for our own survival. I run as a candidate of the People, for the People. In office, I will reduce my own salary to Portland’s minimum wage, because public office is not a profession, it’s a civil service. The People need to make more demands of their politicians and reject their private agendas.”

 I’ll bet he’s a registered Democrat, if he’s registered at all. I’ll ask him when he comes on the program.

One thing: I certainly hope they don’t plan to use their new HQ at St. Francis as Cameron’s election office. I know there’s a nest of lefty political groups housed here, but you’re really not supposed to house political candidates in churches. Just a thought, you know, transparency and all. Good luck running for Mayor with no money! 

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

UPDATED! Occupy Runs Candidate for Mayor And Already Break Campaign Laws!

I talked with Occupy Portlander Cameron Whitten today about his run for Mayor of Portland. Hear our conversation on the Victoria Taft Show in Thursday’s 2pm hour here. See my previous post about him here.

But as I caution in my previous piece, WHERE Cameron decides to house his new election HQ is an issue. Since Occupy Portland or De-Colonize Portland or whatever they’re branding it this week is housed in St. Francis Church–home of the Che Guevarra meeting room–it’s illegal to do candidate advocacy from a house of worship.

And as you hear at the end of our interview Cameron says that’s exactly where his HQ is located.

But here’s what Blogforce member and attorney Bruce McCain says about Cameron using Occupy’s/De-Colonize Portland’s HQ for his elections office.

Here is the IRS bulletin about church property used for political purposes. It certainly sounds like the church is involved in “Political Campaign Intervention.”
“Allowing a candidate to use an organization’s assets or facilities will also violate the prohibition if other candidates are not given an equivalent opportunity…”
See the link here. 
 
Bruce R. McCain, Esq.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

The Clackamas County Rebellion Claims Three Lake Oswego City Officials–Including the Mayor

The Clackamas County Rebellion is in full flow.

Unaffiliated concerned citizens, members of Americans for Prosperity and Oregon 9/12  have engaged in a high intensity push back on big ticket transportation and planning items that they believe will gut their pristine county, grow crime, and leave taxpayers tapped out. They’re sick of it.

They’ve told Clackamas County Commissioners and Lake Oswego Council members to knock it off and get out and the street car you rode in on. 

They’ve pushed back and threatened to run candidates against at least three of the Lake Oswego Council members–including the mayor–for ignoring the will of the people and going forward with plans to build a street car.

Yesterday the Mayor, City Manager and one council member said they were leaving.  Good. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

Perhaps the turning point for these folks was news that a meeting of pissed off Clackamas County voters drew approximately 250 people in Milwaukie Monday night–demonstrating the movement is continuing to grow.  Political consultants are now involved.

People who don’t want their city gutted with Crime Met light rail and street cars are fighting back.  They have rebuffed the Professional Planner Class who want their light rail coming to Milwaukie bringing their beatings with it.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Occupy Portland Cheapskates Leave Everyone Else With Their Bill. Again.

Let’s just note for the record that the acolytes of Occupy Portland promised to clean up the parks after destroying them. However that takes money and the Occupiers aren’t equally sharing the burden with the masses.

After leaving the huge costs of babysitting Occupiers by expensive police officers to the taxpayers, the Occupy Portland bunch can’t even muster some spange to do what they said they’d do: restore the parks. And raking leaves for two hours doesn’t count, kids.

The Occupiers said they’d help fund the effort to get the Portland Parks they destroyed back up to scratch. But they haven’t. Ironically, corporate America is paying for most of it. Naturally.

The Trib has a story here. 

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Occupy Portland Floats Candidate for Mayor

Police Provide 8×10 Glossies for Cam

Cameron Whitten, a 20 year old Occupy Portland camper claims to have filed paper work to run for Mayor of Portland. He claims to have better leadership qualities than Sam Adams. Not that it would be hard to do that or anything.

Cameron Whitten, 20, an Occupy Wall Street activist has entered his name into the race for Mayor of Portland. Whitten gathered the papers to register on November 14th, the day after the Occupy Portland demonstration was evicted from Lownsdale and Chapman parks. He convinced staff to give him access into City Hall, although current Mayor Sam Adams ordered the entire building to be under lockdown.


Wow, sneaking into City Hall after they closed it to the public because of the violent protesters. Apparently that’s a big qualification for Mayor of Portland.
Says Cameron:

“We are in a state of crisis, both locally and globally. We have been deceived by career politicians who answer to their paycheck before listening to the people. We must influence the culture of our government, and embrace the standards of direct democracy in order to empower our community for our own survival. I run as a candidate of the People, for the People. In office, I will reduce my own salary to Portland’s minimum wage, because public office is not a profession, it’s a civil service. The People need to make more demands of their politicians and reject their private agendas.”

 I’ll bet he’s a registered Democrat, if he’s registered at all. I’ll ask him when he comes on the program.

One thing: I certainly hope they don’t plan to use their new HQ at St. Francis as Cameron’s election office. I know there’s a nest of lefty political groups housed here, but you’re really not supposed to house political candidates in churches. Just a thought, you know, transparency and all. Good luck running for Mayor with no money! 

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com