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Campaign finance could be on 2020 ballot in Oregon
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Mar 14, 2019 4:06 PM 4+ day ago

Oregon is one of five states to have no limits on campaign contributions, and lawmakers have long complained that they have to raise exorbitant amounts of money to remain competitive in campaigns.

"There are no rules in Oregon," said Sen. Mark Hass, D-Beaverton. "This is the Wild West."

Although legislators have tried to implement campaign finance reform, they've run into legal complications thanks to the Oregon constitution's free speech provision. The state's Supreme Court ruled in 1997 that campaign donations are a form of free speech and can't be limited.

The high-priced governor's race last year rekindled the debate over spending limits and has prompted lawmakers to pursue a ballot measure amending the constitution that would explicitly give them the authority to enact campaign finance reform.

Gov. Kate Brown secured reelection over former Republican Rep. Knute Buehler race in a race that broke fundraising records when candidates raised a combined total of $30 million. Buehler received a $1.5 million donation from Nike co-founder ...

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