An Oregon congressman is organizing a "cash mob" to help food cart owners make up the money they may lose Monday if they are forced to close for a political fundraiser scheduled at a nearby hotel.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer plans to meet with food cart owners at Southwest Alder and 10th Street Friday to talk about how a possible closure would affect their businesses.
Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan plans to hold a fundraiser at the Governor Hotel on Monday, Sept. 10.
Food carts were forced to closed for a day in June when Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney held a fundraiser at the same hotel.
"They didn't give me any notice. I was surprised. And we had all the food prepared. I lost like $50," said food cart owner Remy Evans. "I lost all my pork and my chicken that I was preparing."
Blumenauer said the Romney campaign expressed concern about the closure and the decision was made by the U.S. Secret Service and Portland police.
Blumenauer sent letters to both agencies asking for clarity in security procedure and if proper notification was given to the food carts that they would be required to close.
A Portland police spokesman told FOX 12 he could not comment on specific plans for Ryan's visit Monday due to security reasons.
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