Flushing your dollars down the drain ...
Now it's revealed that Portland utility customers (presumably water and sewer customers) contributed $284,000 this year for public financing of City Council campaigns.
Even though the water and sewer departments are owned and operated by the City, they are enterprises. As enterprises, IIRC, the City cannot earn a "profit" on these departments to cross subsidize (e.g.) the general fund. However, the Oregonian story suggests that water and sewer fees are being used to fund City elections.
Voter owned? Nope. Taxpayer funded? Yes and more ...
Portland is the first city in the country with Poo Powered Elections!
Just keep flushing, we'll make more.