Portland business union funded charter vote to weigh opponents in final days of losing campaign, records show

In the final days before the election, Portland’s most influential business organizations spent vast sums opposing ballot measures that would change the city’s form of government and electoral system, new records show.

The Portland Business League gave more than $131,000 to the largest committee opposing the measure. Between January and Nov. 7, the commission raised nearly 40 percent of the $332,000 total raised by the commission, according to documents from the Oregon Secretary of State’s office.

Voters ultimately supported Proposition 226-28 58% to 42%, despite a last-minute push. Backers of the measure raised and spent more than $1 million.

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