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Why some Portland homeless nonprofit organizations are becoming landlords

Some homeless services organizations in Portland are borrowing a concept from the commercial real estate world to quickly house people experiencing homelessness. Now they’re looking to scale up the use of what’s called master leasing.


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Rich donors take major advantage of a loophole in Portland’s public campaign financing system

The ability to give unlimited amounts to political action committees that support candidates is, this year’s election shows, a fundamental loophole in the city’s efforts to curb campaign spending – and, in the process, broaden who can run for office. A side-by-side comparison of campaign finance records for Mozyrsky and Portland United shows the extent to which PACs undermine the small donor program, allowing candidates to claim they support donation limits while rich donors, ostensibly limited to $250 donations, continue to utilize their deep pockets to shape the political process.


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