The Recall Sam Adams campaign has formed a Political Action Committee to accept donations for the recall effort, starting today. The committee can accept donations towards the recall, but legally cannot file them until July 1, according to the Oregon constitution. Recall spokesman Jasun Wurster has been conferring with the elections division of Secretary of State Kate Brown's office to hash out the details.
"If you donate less than $99, your name won't show up as public record," says Wurster. "So that allows people who fear political retaliation from Adams to donate to the recall without having their name show up."
Wurster is also hoping people donate four hours of their time in July to gather signatures towards the 32,000 required to recall Adams. "Our goal is 50,000," says Wurster. "We could get 32,000, the exact number, but one jackass could misspell their name. We'll get 50,000 just to be safe."
"If you're going to donate money, you had better donate time, as well," says Wurster.
Other members of the PAC are Teresa McGuire, "a SW Portland mom whose husband owns a small business," says Wurster, Gaye Harris, a North Portland physician and mother, Charles Deemer, a PSU screenwriting instructor from SW Portland, and Les Shannon, whom Wurster met on the campaign to elect Amanda Fritz. "Even though he's homeless, he's very very active in politics," says Wurster. "That's a dynamic I wanted to capture in the recall campaign."
"This is really, truly a civic endeavor, and nobody has really come up to us saying, hey, I'm thinking of running for mayor, can you help, because as soon as they do, we're not interested in being anyone's tool," says Wurster.
Wurster is pleased to read Anna Griffin's column in this morning's Oregonian, he says. The column, entitled "Sam Adams' desperation is self-destructing," ends with the lines: "When this scandal first broke, I doubted a recall stood any chance of succeeding or was a good idea. These days, I'm less and less sure."
"It's nice, because the recall hasn't died out, and we've taken all these hits, but public opinion has definitely swung in our favor," says Wurster. "I think she has a good sense of which way the wind is blowing, but also, take into consideration that three months ago, the wind was blowing directly against us."