PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The co-founders of a campaign aiming to raise money against the occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge are sons of the federal judge who re-sentenced Dwight and Steven Hammond.

The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Ore., is seen from atop an old fire lookout on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler)

Zack Klonoski told KOIN 6 News on Monday that his mother is Chief U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken.

In October, Dwight Hammond, Jr., 73, and his son, Steven Hammond, 46, were sentenced to five years in prison for arsons they committed on federal lands. A jury in Pendleton, Oregon in June 2012 found the Hammonds guilty of the arsons after a two-week trial.

By law, arson on federal land carries a 5-year mandatory minimum sentence. When the Hammonds were originally sentenced, they argued that the five-year mandatory minimum terms were unconstitutional.

The trial court agreed and imposed sentences “well below what the law required based upon the jury’s verdicts,” according to the United States Attorney’s Office. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the original sentences and ordered that the Hammonds be resentenced “in compliance with the law.”

Chief Judge Aiken imposed the 5-year prison terms for both father and son, with credit for time they already served.

Klonoski told KOIN 6 News that his mother “knew nothing about” the campaign he and his brother started. She found out about it over the weekend when it started getting more traction with the media.

“She has her day job,” Klonoski said. “She’s not involved in anyway. This is something that my brother, Jake, and I came up with.”

KOIN 6 News has also confirmed that Klonoski works for the City of Portland and serves as Special Assistant to the Mayor. According to the city’s website, Klonoski, “is the mayor’s right-hand man.”

Klonoski said he is “transitioning out of that role.”

“I think this is a great campaign. It’s positive pressure to return the land to the public, and Nancy and I have joined with our own pledge,” Mayor Hales told KOIN 6 News, while also emphasizing that the brothers started the campaign on their own time.