Portland candidate fined $77K over campaign office deal

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man running for a seat on the Portland City Council has been fined $77,000 for accepting and failing to report a steep discount on campaign office rent. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports since May, Rene Gonzalez’s campaign has paid $250 a month to rent a Portland office space in a building owned by real estate mogul Jordan Schnitzer. Portland’s Small Donor Elections program director Susan Mottet wrote in a letter to Gonzalez Tuesday that the fair market value of the office and two parking spaces is about $6,900 a month. Mottet says the discount is an illegal in-kind contribution. Gonzalez’s campaign manager says they plan to appeal.