Editor's note: Video is from Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler announcing his re-election campaign.
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler says he plans to donate $16,000 in campaign contributions he received from Portland hotelier and European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland in 2012 and 2016.
Wheeler announced Tuesday that he plans to send the money to eight local nonprofits and a national coalition supporting the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
Wheeler is running for re-election in May. At least one of his opponents, Sarah Iannarone, has called for Wheeler to return Sondland's donations.
Wheeler's re-election campaign manager Jennifer Arguinzoni says Wheeler wanted to give Sondland an "opportunity to explain his involvement in the Ukrainian scandal," before making a decision.
Sondland revised his previous testimony to Congress, acknowledging he knew about and communicated to a top Ukrainian official that U.S. aid to the East European ally was being withheld until Ukraine's president agreed to release a statement about fighting corruption as Trump wanted. Congress released the new testimony Tuesday.
Wheeler will donate the money to the following places:
- ImpeachNow.org coalition ($4,000)
- Portland Parks Foundation ($1,500)
- Transition Projects ($1,500)
- CAUSA ($1,500)
- Portland Audubon ($1,500)
- Basic Rights Oregon ($1,500)
- Depaul Treatment Centers ($1,500)
- SOLVE ($1,500)
- Portland United Against Hate ($1,500)