Not only is Nashif the titular head of DOMC and the Multnomah County chair of the Republican Party, he is also the CEO of a company called Gateway Communications, which makes its income by printing materials for political campaigns.
Of the approximately $685,000 in campaign cash and loans brought in by DOMC, which drafted and is campaigning for Measure 36, exactly $128,751.40 has been funneled to Gateway Communications for printing services, an "inkjet," mail handling, and surveys. A further $30,653.60 is listed in the campaign's expenditure report as owed to Gateway Communications for a grand total of $159,405 that will end up in the pocket of the company--that's more than 25 percent of the funds raised by DOMC.
While it is technically legal for Nashif to self-deal campaign funds to his own company, it is unclear how contributors feel about his money-making scheme. Much of that money has come from local churches, including Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, which is one of the largest single contributors at $15,000. Pastor James Martin, a vocal member of the DOMC, didn't return a phone call seeking comment on Nashif's windfall.
Gateway Communications has also received $10,548 from the Oregon Family Council PAC plus $1,500 for rent. Nashif is a co-founder of the Oregon Family Council (OFC). Not surprisingly, OFC is also campaigning for Measure 36. According to the Statesman Journal, $96,571 of the $120,996 raised by OFC in the previous election cycle went directly to Nashif's company.
But Nashif's windfall may come to an end soon, as DOMC appears to be out of money. According to Contribution and Expenditures Reports (C&E) filed this past Monday with the Secretary of State, DOMC listed a cash balance of $17,852 with an accounts payable balance of $188,050.90 and loans equaling $235,000--meaning the group is currently in the hole by a whopping $357,199 with six weeks left to go before the election.