Nobody appears to be staffing the office just yet, but we've got a call in to the city and to Recall Recall Spokeswoman Avel Gordly to find out more about the arrangement—how much it's costing, and so on.
"The actual tenant is VOTE Oregon," says Cheryl Kuck, spokesperson for the city's Bureau of Transportation, which owns the building. "They, actually, have been renting the space since August 14th of 2009, when they were marketing the Vote No on 66/67 measures."
"Then, when they finished working for the measures, they've been hired by the recall effort," says Kuck.
VOTE Oregon, for the record, is the signature gathering firm owned by uber right-winger Kevin Mannix. You can read more about VOTE's connection with the second recall effort in last week's paper:
At the same time, she denied having signed a contract with Voice of the Electorate (VOTE)—a signature-gathering firm owned by right-winger Kevin Mannix—to gather signatures for the effort.
Mannix, whose long-term strategist Jack Kane has been involved in meetings over the new recall effort, has been an outspoken opponent of gay rights over the years.
Meanwhile VOTE spokesperson Ross Day told the Mercury last week that he is eager to begin collecting signatures for the effort, for a contract expected to be worth between $150,000 to $300,000 ["See Ya at Da Party, Richter," News, Jan 21].
"I have not talked with Ross Day, I have never met the man," said Gordly, adding later that the second recall campaign is "not about Kevin Mannix and what he supports or does not support."
Is it embarrassing for the city to be taking money from a campaign that aims to unseat the mayor?
"Who hires VOTE Oregon isn't relevant to the tenant agreement," says Kuck. "VOTE Oregon met the requirements as a tenant when they hired the space in August, and they have continued to do so. They're paying $845 a month, on a month to month lease."
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