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Oregon Campaign Finance Limits Amendment

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Campaign Finance Limits Amendment
Supports authorizing the state legislature and local governments to (1) enact laws or ordinances limiting campaign contributions and expenditures; (2) require disclosure of contributions and expenditures; and (3) require that political advertisements identify the people or entities that paid for them.

The Oregon Campaign Finance Limits Amendment is a Legislatively referred ballot measure on the 2020 election ballot in the U.S. state of Oregon.[1] The initiative asks voters whether or not to allow the state to impose campaign contribution limits and require political advertisements identify the people or entities that paid for them. Oregon is one of five states that have no contribution limits[2], and one of the only states that do not require political advertisements to identify who paid for it.

Campaign contribution limits have repeatedly been ruled unconstitutional by the Oregon Supreme Court, however, in a landmark 2020 decision, they overturned multiple past decisions and ruled that Oregonians could vote on the issue.

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Regulation of Elections

Sec. 8. (1) The Legislative Assembly shall enact laws to support the privilege of free suffrage, prescribing the manner of regulating, and conducting elections, and prohibiting under adequate penalties, all undue influence therein, from power, bribery, tumult, and other improper conduct.

(2) The Legislative Assembly, the governing body of a city, county, municipality or district empowered by law or by this Constitution to enact legislation, or the people through the initiative process, may enact laws or ordinances within its jurisdiction that:

(a) Limit contributions made in connection with political campaigns or to influence the outcome of any election in a manner that does not prevent candidates and political committees from gathering the resources necessary for effective advocacy;
(b) Require the disclosure of contributions or expenditures made in connection with political campaigns or to influence the outcome of any election;
(c) Require that an advertisement made in connection with a political campaign or to influence the outcome of any election identify the persons or entities that paid for the advertisement; and
(d) Limit expenditures made in connection with political campaigns or to influence the outcome of any election to the extent permitted under the Constitution of the United States.

(3) Subsection (2) of this section applies to laws and ordinances enacted by the Legislative Assembly or the governing body of a city, county, municipality or district, or enacted or approved by the people through the initiative process, on or after January 1, 2016.

Support[edit]

The measure is supported by the Honest Elections Oregon Committee.[3]

The amendment's chief sponsors are Republican Senator Tim Knopp (27), Democratic Senators Mark Hass (14), Jeff Golden (3), Rob Wagner (19), and Democratic Representative Dan Rayfield (16).

The measure is also supported by:

  • Governor Kate Brown
  • Oregon Progressive Party
  • Common Cause Oregon[4]

Opposition[edit]

The measure is opposed by:

  • Libertarian Party of Oregon

See also[edit]

  • Campaign finance in the United States
  • 2020 Oregon state elections

References[edit]

  1. "Oregon Campaign Finance Limits Amendment (2020)". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2020-06-18.
  2. "Campaign Contribution Limits: Overview". www.ncsl.org. Retrieved 2020-06-18.
  3. "Honest Elections". Honest Elections. Retrieved 2020-06-18.
  4. "Reduce Money's Influence". Common Cause Oregon. Retrieved 2020-06-18.

Category:Proposed laws of the United States


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