"It's not like a situation where it's a quid pro quo or you have to volunteer." the AP on 8/11 quotes Tim Trickey (actual name), political director of the Multnomah County Republiscan Party.
Why would Bush openly require campaign work such as phone bank solicitation service in exchange for tickets to Bush's August 13 Portland area appearances, yet have campaign works like Mr. Trickey make statements to the contrary?
Oregon Election Law under ORS 260.665 makes it a felony to provide money or "any other thing of value" in exchange for "rendering services to any candidate, political party or political committee. And Oregon Courts have been strict in ruling that even a candidate who hands out a free embossed pencil at campaign rallies is guilty of a felony.
Is working a stint at a phone bank providing a service to a candidate or political committee? Are tickets to see in person a candidate who is also the President of the United States a thing of value?
The policy of Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury's office is that the office will only investigate and file charges under Oregon Election Law if a citizen of the state files a complaint...i.e. writes a letter to his office and states that they are requesting an investigation of a campaign violation.
With allegations against Bush and his administration at the fore nationally, the "outing" of a C.I.A. agent, permitting torture of Prisoners of War, violating the U.N. Charter in launching the War in Iraq, etc., its remains a question whether the Election 2004 National Media or even the Oregon criminal justice system will make a priority of Mr. Trickey's "not like a situation where it's a quid pro quo."