AUBURN, AL- Most Americans would be surprised to know that liberal bastion Oregon has among the nation’s most permissive campaign finance laws in the country. Individuals, PACs, parties, and unions are able to give unlimited sums to candidates.
But, Portland voters have the opportunity to change that locally as they consider a measure that reforms the campaign finance system and limits individual contributions to $500.
Supporters of the measure gathered 34,227 signatures to put the measure on the ballot, and their hope is that it will see the same result as it did in Multnomah County, where it won with 89% of the vote. They also hope to take the movement statewide.
This measure, which is being led by a group called Honest Elections, could be the tool reformers need to change the culture in Oregon, which ranks 49th in the nation for its elections laws according to the Center for Public Integrity.
Opponents of the effort are concerned about the listing of the top 5 contributors on all advertisements, the ability of the newly created Small Dollar Committees to perhaps empower unions, and the possible constitutionality of limiting the candidate’s ability to contribute to his/her own campaign.
Regardless of how this settles- and it is very likely the courts will also have their say- Take Back Our Republic is grateful for local leaders, like those at Honest Elections, for getting the conversation started.
For more on this issue, read here: https://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/402672-299488-contribution-caps-headed-for-portland-ballot.