Survey Shows Most Oregon Candidates are
Ignoring Voter Demands for Campaign Finance Reform
October 29, 2022
Statewide Survey Results
27 earn A’s - 23 earn and B’s - 4 earn C’s - 9 earn D’s - 104 earn F’s
Tina Kotek earns best grade among candidates for Governor
MEASURE 107 = SUCCESS
Measure 107 (2020) won with a 78% "yes" vote statewide. It removes any barriers to campaign finance reform in the Oregon Constitution, ensuring that Oregon voters can adopt (1) limits on campaign contributions and spending and (2) requirements that political ads name their largest funders, including corporations.
We worked to amend the Oregon Constitution in 2020 to eliminate the contention that, unlike the constitutions of every other state, it somehow prohibits the enforcement of limits on political campaign contributions. The free speech clause in the Oregon Constitution is the same as in 36 other states; all of those states have limits on political contributions. This measure is aimed at the November 2020 ballot, because of steps taken by anti-reform activists to delay our opportunity to collect signatures for 2018 by repeatedly challenging in court the ballot title prepared by the Attorney General (and the revised ballot title prepared by the Attorney General). Can you guess the political party most closely affiliated with those anti-reform agents?
See the remarkable 2019 Oregonian series: Polluted by Money: How Corporate Cash Corrupted One of the Greenest States in America, by Rob Davis.
The series is available at two places at The Oregonian:
HERE and HERE. The first piece documents how Oregon legislators depend on corporate cash and how they reward their donors with lax environmental laws and policies. It includes this powerful 4-minute video-minute video but also much, much more.
cartoons courtesy of Springer Creative
City of Portland 2018
Measure 26-200 Earned Over 87% "Yes" Votes and Won in Every Precinct in Portland
Thank you for everything you did to help with election cycle. Whether it was making social media posts, talking to your friends and family members to get them to vote, helping gather the 55,000 signatures to qualify the Honest Elections measure for the ballot, or volunteering to drop literature at the doors.
Read more about the victory here.
In 2016, our efforts resulted in the enactment of Multnomah County Measure 26-184, which amended the Multnomah County Charter to limit contributions to candidates for County public office and to require that political ads financed by any large donors prominently disclose those donors in the ads. Measure 26-184 received a "YES" vote of 89% from Multnomah County voters.
Official Ballot Title
One Page Summary
Official Text of Measure 26-184
Voter Pamphlet Statements
Multnomah Measure News (Archive)
Multnomah Measure News (blog)