It is difficult to imagine efforts to pass legislation on a wide array of critical issues will be possible so long as so many of our legislators are beholden to campaign contributions from corporations and wealthy contributors – in and outside Oregon).
How much should people or organizations be allowed to contribute to campaigns for Oregon legislators, Governor, and other statewide officers? State legislators are traveling the state to see what Oregon citizens think.
Oregon is one of only four states with no contribution limits on state political races. The 2019 legislative session produced SJR 18, which places on the November 2020 ballot a proposal to amend the Oregon constitution to make clear that the legislature, local governments and the people through the initiative process have the power to regulate campaign financing. What isn’t settled is what the limits would actually be if voters approve the ballot measure. We are now gathering citizen input that will help us draft a limitations bill for the February 2020 session.