In an abrupt about-face, the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners on April 13 decided to defend the constitutionality of a campaign finance reform measure overwhelmingly approved by voters More.
Multnomah County Commission votes to throw campaign finance limits measure to courts Read the Press Release
CALL TO ACTION:
For those of you who live in Multnomah County we need your help. Many of you voted in favor of Measure 26-184 which establishes campaign contribution limits. Last Thursday (April 6), Multnomah County commissioners Kafoury, Meieran, Stegmann and Vega Pederson voted to toss Measure 26-184 over the wall to the courts, neither supporting nor defending it. Ironically, they all expressed support for campaign finance reform just prior to voting against campaign finance reform. Multnomah County voters passed measure 26-184 by a generous margin - almost 90%. It is the duty of our commissioners to support and defend Measure 26-184. They are not doing that. In an effort to change their minds we're asking supporters of Measure 26-184 to attend the Multnomah County board meeting this coming Thursday(4/13) at 9:30am. Let's pack the board room and show them what we're made of. Can you make it?
Honest elections launches statewide effort
Oregon Progressive Party and Alliance for Democracy have launched a state-wide effort for a Nov. 2018 ballot measure which would amend the Oregon Constitution to allow limits on campaign contributions and expenditures. The amendment would read:
Oregon laws consistent with the freedom of speech guarantee of the United States Constitution may regulate contributions and expenditures (including transfers of money or resources) with the purpose or effect of influencing the outcome of any election.
We have started gathering signatures to qualify this for the ballot. Right now we need 1000 valid Oregon voter signatures. Later we will need over 117,000 signatures.
YOUR HELP IS NEEDED!
If you can gather 10 or 100 signatures, please contact David e Delk for the signatures sheets and any other information you will need. In your email subject line include: Petition 12 signatures
We won 89-11%. Must be some sort of a record.
We are on the street collecting up the lawn signs. We have a map of most but not all locations. If you have a lawn sign, you can dropt it at one of the Lawnsign Collection Points. Thanks.
Portland Mercury Endorses Measure 26-184
Willamette Week Endorses Measure 26-184
The establishment papers (Oregonian and Portland Tribune) say Vote NO on Measure 26-184. What more do you need to know?
Donald Trump's 30-second case for campaign finance reform
Our 4-Minute Case for Campaign Finance Reform Here
26-184 limits big money in Multnomah County races
Measure 26-184 is a Multnomah County ballot referral to reduce the influence of large campaign contributions and expenditures on candidate elections and to increase the information available to voters on the sources and amounts of political campaign funding.
With big money interests dominating politics nationally, strong campaign finance laws are critical to protect the integrity of local elections — our elections.
Multnomah County is no stranger to flow of big money. In 2014, the race for County Commission Chair set a record, with the winning candidate spending $466,000. The future does not bode well, as Oregon is one of 6 states to place no limits on campaign contributions. Last year, the Center for Public Integrity ranked Oregon 49th worst in the nation in controlling “political financing,” beating only Mississippi.
Big money in politics weakens our democratic institutions, undermines confidence in government and excludes the vast majority of citizens from seeking public office.
Yes on 26-184 keeps Multnomah County
of, by and for the people by . . .
1. Limiting the influence of big money in Multnomah County
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1 PAGE SUMMARY OF MULTNOMAH MEASURE
Report by the Multnomah county Charter Review subCommittee on campaign finance reform
TEXT OF THE MULTNOMAH MEASURE
Official ballot title
2 PAGE SUMMARY OF MULTNOMAH MEASURE