As Phil Sanford of the Portland Tribune regularly has done in his column, The Oregonian associate editor David Reinhard, noted for the conservative tenor of his views expressed there, takes jabs at the City Campaign Finance Fund for it's intent to make public funds available without sufficient control to would be candidates for city commissioner or auditor.
<br />According to those guys, all you got to do is have I.D., and get 1000 of your supporters to contribute $5 each. It's slightly more complicated than that, but do-able. Refer to the following web address for details: <img src="/img/extlink.gif" border="0"/> <a href="http://www.portlandonline.com/auditor/index.cfm?c=38751">http://www.portlandonline.com/auditor/index.cfm?c=38751</a>
<br />Meeting the qualifying requirements entitles candidates to be "eligible to receive an initial primary election allocation of $150,000 for their campaign". You'd have to read all the info and finelines (and believe me, there's a lot of them) on the website or in the packet candidates can pick up, but according to Reinhard, you can spend it on a fancy schmancy campaign office and the trimmings if you want. So far, only 6 people have signed up to participate in the Campaign Finance Fund program. Time is wasting.