Measure No. 59

Explanatory Statement

Arguments in Favor

Arguments in Opposition

Measure Contents Page

Proposed by initiative petition to be voted on at the General Election, November 3, 1998.

BALLOT TITLE

59

AMENDS CONSTITUTION: PROHIBITS USING PUBLIC RESOURCES TO COLLECT MONEY FOR POLITICAL PURPOSES

RESULT OF "YES" VOTE: "Yes" vote prohibits using public resources to collect or help collect political funds.
RESULT OF "NO" VOTE: "No" vote rejects prohibition on using public resources to collect or help collect political funds.
SUMMARY: Amends constitution. Prohibits using "public funds" to collect or assist in collecting "political funds." "Public funds" defined to include public employee time, public property or equipment and supplies. "Political funds" defined to include any expenditure supporting or opposing a candidate, ballot measure or initiative petition. Prohibition applies even if public entities are reimbursed for use of public funds for collection. Measure would prohibit public employee payroll deduction for any entity that uses any funds deducted for political purposes or that commingles political and non-political funds.
ESTIMATE OF FINANCIAL IMPACT: This measure is estimated to reduce state expenditures for voters' pamphlet publication by $1,800,000 in the year 2000 and in subsequent even-numbered years. State revenues from filing fees are estimated to decrease by $400,000 in the year 2000 and in subsequent even-numbered years.
These reductions result from eliminating candidates' statements and measure arguments in the State Voters' Pamphlet.
The measure will have no financial effect on local government expenditures or revenues.

TEXT OF MEASURE

BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF OREGON:

The Constitution of the State of Oregon is amended by adding the following section to Article XV, which section shall be appropriately numbered and shall read:

Section 10 (1) No public funds shall be spent to collect or assist in the collection of political funds.

(2) For purposes of this section, money shall be deemed to be "political funds" if any portion of the money, including in-kind contributions, is contributed to a candidate or political committee, or spent, including independent expenditures, supporting or opposing a candidate for public office or a ballot measure, including efforts to collect signatures to place a measure on the ballot, and any efforts, including but not limited to direct mail and media campaigns, to solicit signatures for initiative petitions or to discourage electors from signing initiative petitions.

(3) For purposes of this section, public funds shall include public employee time, public property, and public equipment and supplies.

(4) Public entities are prohibited from providing a service prohibited by this section even if reimbursed for the cost of doing so.

(5) No public entity shall collect or assist in the collection of funds for any purpose for a person or organization, if, after the effective date of this Amendment, the person or organization has: (i) used for political purposes any of the funds collected for it by a public entity after the effective date of this Amendment, or (ii) co-mingled non-political funds collected by a public entity after the effective date of this Amendment with political funds.

(6) If any phrase, clause, or part of this section is found to be unconstitutional by a court of competent jurisdiction, the remaining phrases, clauses, and parts shall remain in full force and effect.

NOTE: Boldfaced type indicates new language; [brackets and italic] type indicates deletions or comments.

EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

This measure adds a new section to the Oregon Constitution that prohibits any person or organization from using public resources to collect or help collect political funds. Public resources that cannot be used to collect political funds include public moneys, public employee time, public property and public equipment and supplies. Political funds include any money contributed to candidates or political committees and any money spent supporting or opposing a candidate, ballot measure or initiative petition. A public body is prohibited from using its resources to collect political funds even if it is reimbursed for the cost.

An organization violating this measure by using non-political funds (collected for it by a public body) for a political purpose will lose the right to payroll deductions by any public body for all purposes.

This measure prohibits several activities currently allowed under Oregon law. For example:

1) To use public property, including public buildings, to collect or help collect political campaign funds.

2) To recognize a public employee's request to payroll deduct part of the employee's wages and transfer that deducted money to an organization that uses all or part of that money to support or oppose candidates, initiatives or ballot measures.

3) To include in the voters' pamphlet any paid statement supporting or opposing candidates, initiatives or ballot measures.
Committee Members:Appointed by:
Representative Steve Harper*Chief Petitioners
Bill Sizemore*Chief Petitioners
Roger GraySecretary of State
Greg HartmanSecretary of State
Kathleen BeaufaitMembers of the Committee

*Member dissents (does not concur with explanatory statement)

(This committee was appointed to provide an impartial explanation of the ballot measure pursuant to ORS 251.215. The statement written by the committee was modified and certified by the Supreme Court of the State of Oregon pursuant to ORS 251.235.)

ARGUMENT IN FAVOR

MEASURE 59 PRESERVES WORKERS' RIGHTS

My name is Harry Beck. In the 1980s I filed a lawsuit to prevent a labor union from forcing me to contribute money to their political agenda against my will.

My case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Supreme Court ruled in my favor; saying no worker should be forced to contribute to political campaigns he or she doesn't personally support.

The Beck decision is now the nation's landmark case defending a worker's right to not contribute to political campaigns they don't personally believe in.

Even though I won my case, the abuse I suffered continues today. Millions of workers across America are still having money deducted from their paychecks and spent on a union's political agenda without the employees' permission. The union simply confiscates the money from the employee's paycheck before the employee is paid.

In Oregon, tens of thousands of public school teachers, police officers, fire fighters, clerks, secretaries, prison guards, etc. are still having money deducted from their paychecks and transferred to a union's political coffers.

Measure 59 makes it illegal to deduct money from any public employee's paycheck and use then that money for a political purpose. Of course, public employees will still be free contribute to any cause they personally choose. But rather than the money being deducted from their paychecks with or without their permission, they will simply write out a check to the cause they personally support, just like the rest of us do.

There will be tremendous labor union opposition to Measure 59. Union bosses know if workers have the right to not contribute to the union's political funds, most will not. I support Measure 59 because it gives workers the right to choose for themselves the political causes they will support.

No worker should be forced to contribute money to a political campaign they don't personally support. Not in America.

Please vote "Yes" on Measure 59.

(This information furnished by Harry E. Beck.)

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ARGUMENT IN FAVOR

I am a public school teacher. I love to teach.

I became a teacher because I care about kids and because I want to help them learn. Nothing is as thrilling as watching a light come on in a young mind.

In recent years, though, my job has become politicized. I have been forced to participate in political battles that are not of my choosing. Every month, money is taken from my paycheck and used to support the agenda of an increasingly political teachers' union. Money is taken from me and contributed to the campaigns of candidates who hold views I oppose. Money is taken from me and used to oppose ballot measures I support.

This is not right. Public school teachers should have the same right as anyone else to support or oppose political candidates or causes we choose.

Thomas Jefferson once said, "To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves, is sinful and tyrannical." Jefferson's statement should apply to teachers the same as every other citizen.

Measure 59 gives public school teachers and other public employees the same freedom of political expression others already enjoy by preventing our employers from deducting money from our paychecks against our will and depositing that money into a political fund.

If I am going to be involved in politics, then I want the freedom to choose how, when and where I will be involved. That's only right. Please vote YES on Measure 59. Many hard-working dedicated teachers, who simply want to be left alone to teach, will appreciate your support.

(This information furnished by Tim Rohrer.)

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ARGUMENT IN FAVOR

As Oregon's largest business association, Associated Oregon Industries believes everyone should support candidates and issues of their own choosing. It is healthy for the political process to have broad participation.

Measure 59 says simply that tax dollars should not be used to collect or process political contributions. People pay taxes to support important and essential government services. They should not have their taxes used for political purposes or to help some groups collect political donations.

Measure 59 does not affect contributions to United Way or other charitable organizations. It only affects funds used for political campaigns.

Measure 59 does not affect private payrolls. It only affects public payrolls that are processed with tax dollars, and government employees who are paid with tax dollars.

Measure 59 does not prohibit participation by anyone in the political process. It allows people to choose on a direct and voluntary basis if, when, and where they want to participate.

Measure 59 closes the door on potential abuses. It provides free choice for people to decide for themselves what issues and candidates to support. And it stops the use of tax dollars for collecting political funds.

People --- not tax dollars --- should write personal checks to whatever group, issue or candidate they wish to support.

Vote YES on Measure 59.

Submitted by

Associated Oregon Industries

(This information furnished by Richard M. Butrick, Associated Oregon Industries.)

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ARGUMENT IN FAVOR

STATEMENT OF INTENT

Measure 59 will prevent the use of tax dollars to collect political funds.

It is not a legitimate function of government to collect political funds for either side of a political debate. Government should remain neutral in elections, favoring no candidate over another, and favoring no particular side of a ballot measure. Neutrality is essential to open and fair elections.

Currently, however, government is not acting as a neutral party in our elections. Government is helping one side of the public debate. Every year, public resources are used to collect millions of dollars of political campaign funds, but only for the side of the debate that supports higher taxes and bigger government.

Every year, our tax dollars and our publicly-owned buildings and equipment are being used to collect millions of dollars in political campaign funds for public employee unions, but no one else.

Certainly, public employees should be free to contribute money to any political campaign they choose. But public employee unions should not be free to use our publicly-owned buildings, equipment, and supplies to collect their political campaign funds. They should raise political money the way everyone else does ­ without the use of public resources.

Following are two things Measure 59 will not do:

Measure 59 will not end the voters pamphlet as some have claimed. The only effect the measure would have on the voters pamphlet, if any, would be to require those who buy paid advertisements in the Voters Pamphlet pay to the publisher the full cost of their advertisement. Currently they pay only about 10 percent of the actual cost. Taxpayers pay the other 90 percent.

Measure 59 will not affect Oregon's political tax credit, because no public resources are used to collect those funds. Those funds are collected directly by the organizations receiving the money, not by the state.

Measure 59 will, however, make government once again neutral in Oregon elections.Like it should be.

(This information furnished by Bill Sizemore, Oregon Taxpayers United.)

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ARGUMENT IN FAVOR

Let me tell you what Measure 59 is not about. It's not about Republicans against Democrats. It's not about corporations against unions. It's not about rich fat cats against poor working folks.

It is not about charities like the United Way or Boy Scouts. It's not about the Voters Pamphlet.

Measure 59 is about stopping government from using your tax dollars to collect political funds for certain select groups who support bigger government and higher taxes. And it's about stopping unions from deducting money from employees' paychecks for politics without the employees' permission.

Why is it important to state what Measure 59 is not about? Because the primary opponents of Measure 59 are public employee unions who never discuss what a measure is really about. They always campaign about something else, because they know if you discover what the issue really is, you will vote against them.

So this election you will hear and see ads attacking Bill Sizemore. You will hear or see ads attacking Newt Gingrich or some guy back East named Norquist. Why? Because the public employee unions don't want to talk about what they are doing with your tax dollars, i.e. using them to raise your taxes.

And they don't want to talk about what they are doing to school teachers and police officers and fire fighters, i.e., taking money out of their paychecks without their permission, and then using that money to run political campaigns.

Read Measure 59 for yourself. It's not complicated. It has no secret agenda. Its goal is simply to prevent the use of public resources to collect political funds, and to give public employees the same right the rest of us enjoy, to give or not give to political causes as they see fit.

Don't let the public employee unions throw sand in your eyes. Don't let them distract you from the real issue of Measure 59. It's an honest straight forward measure.

(This information furnished by Bill Sizemore, Executive Director, Oregon Taxpayers United.)

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ARGUMENT IN FAVOR

STOP USING TAX DOLLARS TO COLLECT POLITICAL FUNDS

Who do you suppose are the top contributors to the election campaigns of those politicians who want to increase taxes and expand the size of government?

When a measure to increase taxes appears on the ballot, who spends the most money trying to pass the measure?

When a ballot measure would reduce taxes, who spends the most money trying to defeat the measure?

The answer to all three questions is the same: Public employee unions.

Public employee unions spend millions of dollars every election cycle trying to elect politicians who will expand government and increase taxes because that's good business for them. The more money the rest of us pay in taxes, the more money government has available for hiring public employees. More public employees means more unions dues for their unions. That's why increasing taxes is a top priority of public employee unions.

But the victims of this cycle are the taxpayers. Their tax dollars are being used to collect political campaign funds for those whose primary goal is to increase taxes.

Why do the public employee unions have what seems like an endless supply of political campaign funds? Because they have an advantage no one else has. Government collects their campaign funds for them by taking political contributions out of public employees' paychecks before the employees even see a dime of their own money. (And they don't even have to have the employee's permission.)

Of course, public employees have as much right to contribute to political campaigns as anyone else. And under Measure 59, public employees will still be free to contribute to any cause they personally believe in by simply writing out a check; just like everyone else does.

Measure 59 applies equally to everyone. It doesn't favor Democrats, Republicans, Independents, liberals or conservatives. Under Measure 59, government simply will not collect political campaign funds for anyone. Period.

That's the way it should be.

(This information furnished by Bill Sizemore, Oregon Taxpayers United.)

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ARGUMENT IN FAVOR

PUBLIC EMPLOYEE UNIONS HAVE TAKEN OVER THE SYSTEM

Here in Oregon, democracy is being undermined by the public employee unions. Because of their enormous political checkbooks, filled at taxpayer expense, public employee unions have become the most powerful force in politics.

Why do the public employee unions have so much political money? Under current law, unlike other groups, public employee unions are allowed to use public employee time and other taxpayer owned resources to collect their political funds.

And what do they do with all that campaign money? They use it to raise our taxes - to elect politicians who will increase taxes and to support ballot measures that increase taxes. We're literally giving them the money they use to raise our taxes.

Remember when the measure to slow down the growth of property taxes appeared on the ballot? Who spent most of the money trying to stop the people from slowing the growth of property taxes? The public employee unions. Why? Because when we pay more taxes, it's more money for them.

Why doesn't the legislature stop this abuse from occurring? Because legislators are afraid of the public employee unions, because these unions have so much money to spend opposing them.

Why doesn't the governor stop this abuse from occurring? Governor Kitzhaber's largest contributors are public employee unions. They give him large campaign contributions, and he gives them large pay raises. It's a pretty sweet thing they have going.

As usual, it falls to the people to deal with this problem through the initiative process. Measure 59 is on the ballot because it is the only way we can stop the use of our tax dollars to collect political campaign funds for the public employee unions.

Your vote is needed to prevent the use of your tax dollars, and your public buildings, computers and supplies, to raise the political funds they use to increase your taxes!

Please vote YES on Measure 59.

(This information furnished by Becky Miller, Executive Assistant, Oregon Taxpayers United.)

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ARGUMENT IN FAVOR

Public employee unions are using your tax dollars to collect millions of dollars in political campaign funds. And they are spending that money ­ which you paid to collect ­ on tax-and-spend candidates and political efforts that are making our government bigger, more intrusive, and more expensive.

Taxpayers are unwillingly financing the fund-raising machine for political organizations that are spending millions of dollars each year to raise your taxes and limit your freedoms.

In recent years public employee unions have spent millions of dollars ­ which you paid to collect ­ to support candidates for public office who:

Additionally, the public employee unions have spent millions of dollars opposing pro-taxpayer measures and filing lawsuits to overturn laws passed by voters.

Doesn't it make you mad that political organizations with a big-government, high-tax philosophy are the ONLY groups that get their political money raised at taxpayer expense ­ or rather, at YOUR expense?

It's time to level the playing field. Measure 59 will make public employee unions raise their money like everyone else does ­ without the use of our tax dollars.

(This information furnished by Becky Miller, Executive Assistant, Oregon Taxpayers United.)

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ARGUMENT IN FAVOR

MEASURE 59 IS FAIR FOR EVERYONE

Measure 59 is one of the most fair, even-handed campaign finance reforms ever. Unlike most campaign finance reforms, Measure 59 does not favor any one group over another. It applies equally to everyone.

Measure 59 prohibits using public resources to collect political funds. Period. It treats Republicans, Democrats, Independents and minor political parties all the same. It applies equally to liberals, moderates, and conservatives. It applies equally to corporations and unions.

Measure 59 simply prohibits government from collecting political funds for anyone or any group, no matter what their political stripe.

Under current law, publicly owned buildings, computers, and supplies are being used to help collect political funds for certain groups. Currently, it is even legal for public employees to use time on the job, while they are being paid, to help collect money that is used for political purposes.

This is an abuse of public resources and taxpayer dollars. Our tax dollars should never be used to collect someone's political funds. Period. Collecting political funds is not a legitimate function of government.

Let's pass Measure 59 and let everyone collect their own political funds from now on, without the use of public resources. That's the way it should be.

Please join me in getting government out of the business of collecting political campaign funds. Keep your tax dollars out of political campaigns.

VOTE YES ON MEASURE 59

(This information furnished by Bill Sizemore, Oregon Taxpayers United.)

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ARGUMENT IN OPPOSITION

THIS IS A PAID POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT (and you're the one paying for it.)

That's right. What you're reading right now is a paid political ad. It is not official information; just my opinion, brought to you at taxpayer expense.

This ad costs the taxpayers of Oregon about $3,000 to print and distribute. But I only have to pay $300 for the ad. Taxpayers pay the rest. Such a deal.

I can say pretty much what ever I want in this ad. I may be a reasonable person giving you sound political advice, or I may be a total crackpot. No matter, under current law, taxpayers pick up 90 percent of the tab for printing and distributing my opinion.

For example, I can say that I oppose Measure 59 because it ends the 90 percent taxpayer subsidy of political ads placed in the Voters Pamphlet by total crackpots. Or I can say I oppose Measure 59 because if Measure 59 passes public employee unions will lose millions of dollars in political campaign funds.

I can even say I oppose Measure 59 because "59" is my least favorite number. Actually "59" is one of my most favorite numbers because if you add 5 and 9 together you get 14, which is two times seven, and seven is everybody's lucky number.

The point is this: Measure 59 will have no effect on the rest of the Voters Pamphlet, but it will probably end the huge taxpayer subsidy of ads like this one, and all the other ads for pages and pages on both sides of this ad. If Measure 59 passes, people like me, who place paid ads in the Voters Pamphlet, could be required to pay the actual cost.

Just think of it. Every ad in the Voters Pamphlet costs the author only $300, and costs the taxpayers $2,700.

VOTE NO ON MEASURE 59 (so I can keep running ads like this one for only $300)

(This information furnished by Adelia Stewart.)

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ARGUMENT IN OPPOSITION

A NURSE'S VIEW OF BALLOT MEASURE 59

As Registered Nurses, we care about what happens to our patients and the care they receive at the bedside. When we see trends in our health care system that put people at risk we feel an obligation to take action. Bills like the Patient Bill of Rights are important to us as professional and compassionate people.

Nurses and other health care providers must be involved in the political process so that laws are passed to protect patients from those who would put profits first and quality patient care second. We recognize that in politics, to have an effective voice you need to raise money to be heard in political campaigns and in the legislature.

Ballot Measure 59 will eliminate our option to have a voluntary political contribution deducted from our paychecks. Ballot Measure 59 will make it very difficult for our professional association ­ the Oregon Nurses Association ­ to help elect people who care about how the "business" of health care treats you as a patient.

However, Ballot Measure 59 will not effect HMO's and insurance companies who oppose safeguards in our health care system. In fact, by silencing nurses HMO's will have even more influence on the quality of care you receive.

Ballot Measure 59 is unfair and unnecessary. Nurses have been willingly making contributions through their paychecks for years. We also willingly use payroll deductions to contribute to other worthy causes like United Way. Having these important contributions deducted from our paycheck is efficient and inexpensive.

Please, ask yourself this question:

"Why are the proponents of Ballot Measure 59 trying to stop us from voluntarily spending our own money to have a voice in the public debate about health care issues?"

(This information furnished by Kathleen Sheridan RN, Neta Courcey RN, Bruce Brown RN, Pamela Kirk RN, Patrice Boose RN, Cynthia Mosser RN, Linda Pesanti RN, Susan King RN, Chris O'Neill RN; Oregon Nurses Association.)

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ARGUMENT IN OPPOSITION

The Former Deans Committee

We believe Measure 59 raises serious issues under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. This measure may prohibit state and local Governments from collecting "Funds" to be spent for political purposes.

Notwithstanding the intent of the drafters, we believe Measure 59 is vague and unclear in its meaning. As Measure 59 is written, it appears to limit free expression of political ideas and concepts by elected officials and governmental officials by placing a chilling effect upon the exercise of "free speech". It also appears to prohibit the production of the Oregon Voters Pamphlet by the Secretary of State in its present form.

"Public funds" are defined to include public property and employee time. Therefore the Measure seems to prohibit the rental or use of traditional public forums such as schools, plazas or parks for political gatherings. It also seems to forbid the use of public law enforcement to direct traffic or provide public safety at such events. Officials may be forced to guess when to allow free speech and assembly. The Measure appears to limit all levels of government from communicating with their citizens concerning political issues of community interest.

We provide this information to help fellow voters in understanding this measure. Our comments are designed only to provide objective and careful constitutional analysis of the measure. Collectively we take no position on the other merits of this measure.

Prof. Leroy Tornquist (Chair), Former Dean Willamette College of Law

Rennard Strickland, Dean University of Oregon Law School

Prof. Robert Misner, Former Dean Willamette College of Law

Robert Ackerman, Dean Willamette College of Law

David Frohnmayer, Former Dean University of Oregon Law School

(This information furnished by Bob Cannon, Treasurer, The Former Deans Committee.)

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ARGUMENT IN OPPOSITION

VOTE NO ON MEASURE 59!

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Oregon asks you to consider the serious flaws in Measure 59 before you vote.

IT'S NOT ABOUT SAVING TAX MONEY

Section 4 of Measure 59 makes that crystal clear: even if it doesn't cost the government onethindime, the restrictions of Measure 59 would still apply.

IT'S OVERBROAD

Because Measure 59 is a constitutional amendment--and because its language is so sweeping--it will affect all Oregonians, not just government employees. Among its likely consequences are:

IT'S UNNECESSARY

Oregon law already prohibits public employees from doing anything while they're on the job to support or oppose candidates or ballot measures. (ORS 260.432)

Measure 59 is also unnecessary to protect public employees who disagree with the political activities of their union. Public employees already have the right and ability to opt out of paying the portion of union dues that supports their union's political activities.

IT'S UNCONSTITUTIONAL

Even if the only target of Measure 59 were public employees, their rights to participate in the political process are clearly protected by the First Amendment.

VOTE NO ON MEASURE 59!!

IT'S OVERBROAD

IT'S UNNECESSARY

IT'S UNCONSTITUTIONAL

(This information furnished by Jann Carson, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Oregon.)

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ARGUMENT IN OPPOSITION

MEASURE 59 GUTS THE OREGON VOTERS' PAMPHLET

Big Money Wants to Keep Oregon Voters in the Dark about ALL Candidates and ALL Ballot Measures

Oregon voters created the Oregon Voters' Pamphlet by an overwhelming vote of the people in 1908. Now Bill Sizemore's Measure 59 would destroy it by deleting 90% of its content.

Every neutral legal analysis of Measure 59 has concluded that it will remove from the Oregon Voters' Pamphlet:

Among those who agree are Oregon's Legislative Counsel (who prepared the Draft Explanatory Statement) and the State of Oregon Financial Impact Committee, which includes the Secretary of State and the State Treasurer.

Politics is corrupted by big money. Candidates and ballot measure sponsors (and opponents) get huge contributions from the big corporations and wealthy people who want special treatment from government. They use this money to buy ads on TV, radio, billboards, and newspapers.

Now Big Money wants to destroy the Oregon Voters' Pamphlet -- the only way for candidates and those interested in ballot measures to reach all Oregon voters without begging the Big Money barons for cash.

If Big Money wins on Measure 59, they will have more power than ever before:

because they will control what you see and hear about all candidates and all measures.

Let's keep the lights on . . . by keeping the Oregon Voters' Pamphlet.

Daniel Meek

dan.meek@usa.net

law.view.org

For more information: www.voters.net

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ARGUMENT IN OPPOSITION

SIZEMORE'S MEASURE 59 DESTROYS THE OREGON VOTERS' PAMPHLET!

on all levels: State, County, City, District

Oregon voters created the Oregon Voters' Pamphlet in a 1908 initiative to reform corrupt politics. The initiative directed the Secretary of State to distribute the Voters' Pamphlet to all registered voters and that it include fee-based statements supporting or opposing candidates for public office.

For 90 years, the Oregon Voters' Pamphlet has served as the best way for candidates or those with opinions about ballot measure to get their views to all Oregon voters without needing huge amounts of money and becoming obligated to the special interests.

Every published legal analysis of Measure 59 has concluded that it will remove from the Oregon Voters' Pamphlet:

Today, a candidate for state office can print in the Voters' Pamphlet a statement of her background, beliefs, policies. This costs $300 for a full page or $100 for a half page.

Today, a person or group can print in the Voters' Pamphlet an argument for or against a ballot measure. This costs $300 (or 1000 signatures of voters) for a half page.

Measure 59 will make it illegal to print any of this in the Voters' Pamphlet.

Experienced election law attorneys, including Warren Deras, have concluded that Measure 59 would also eliminate the Oregon political tax credit, which credits a taxpayer for up to $50 ($100 for a married couple) per year to offset the cost of contributions to political causes in Oregon. This tax credit allows the campaigns for candidates and initiatives to receive support from those of us who don't have the big money.

Daniel Meek

dan.meek@usa.net

law.view.org

For more information: or.voters.net

(This information furnished by Daniel Meek.)

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ARGUMENT IN OPPOSITION

SAVE THE OREGON VOTERS PAMPHLET BY VOTING NO ON 59!

Don't Let Bill Sizemore put Voters in the Dark about All Candidates and All Ballot Measures

Coalition for Initiative Rights Urges "NO" Vote on Measure 59

Measure 59 would gut the Oregon Voters' Pamphlet, deleting from it all statements supporting or opposing any candidate or any ballot measure. That's about 90% of the Pamphlet.

Under Measure 59, the Oregon Voters' Pamphlet will contain:

What's left is a list of candidate names, a list of the ballot titles for the measures, a list of polling places, an absentee ballot coupon, and some "general" information about voting.

The chief sponsor of Measure 59, Bill Sizemore, has said that gutting the Oregon Voters' Pamphlet was not his intention [Oregonian, August 23, 1998], butSizemore has also stated that "paid advertisements in the Voters' Pamphlet could be affected because they are about 90 percent taxpayer- subsidized." [Oregonian, August 9, 1998]. All of the candidate statements and all of the ballot measure arguments are "paid" for by the candidates, by the argument authors, and by the taxpayers. Measure 59 would delete them all.

The Oregon Voters' Pamphlet was created by voter initiative in 1908. Measure 59 would turn back the clock on political reform by 90 years!

Don't put Oregon voters in the dark about all candidates and all ballot measures!

Join us in saving the Oregon Voters' Pamphlet.

VOTE NO ON MEASURE 59

The Coalition for Initiative Rights is a group of volunteers dedicated to protecting the rights of Oregon voters to use the initiative and referendum.

Email: coalition.rights@usa.net

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From the desk of John A. Kitzhaber, M.D.

In my twenty years of public life, I have seen the importance Oregonians place in the ability to make the right choice on issues that matter to us. We may not always agree on the issue, but we all want the right to make a choice through the use of our political voice.

That's why I am asking you to join me in voting NO on Ballot Measure 59.

Ballot Measure 59 isn't fair to Oregonians. It denies some of your friends and neighbors who happen to be union members the right to voluntarily choose a dues deduction -- giving them political voice like citizens in any other organization in Oregon. These are the men and women of Oregon who are firefighters, police officers, nurses and teachers. They save lives, protect our communities and educate our children. They are our friends and neighbors.

What else does this ballot measure do? It silences every Oregonian by making it illegal to include political statements in the voters' pamphlet. It sounds ridiculous, but it is true. If this measure passes, no statement supporting or opposing candidates, initiatives or ballot measures would be allowed to appear in the voters' pamphlet. I don't think that is good for democracy and I don't think its good for Oregon.

Why do I feel so strongly about Ballot Measure 59? Because it is deceptive; it isn't being honest with Oregonians about how it changes our political future. I think it is unfair to a small group of Oregonians; it denies them an equal voice in the political process. And I believe it takes the heart right out of the voters' pamphlet; it silences the ability of Oregonians to see and hear about all of their choices on the ballot.

I hope you'll consider these facts and join me in voting NO on Ballot Measure 59.

Sincerely,

John A. Kitzhaber, M.D.

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A Republican Says Vote No on Sizemore-Norquist 59

I have never written a statement for the Oregon voters' Pamphlet, but Sizemore-Norquist 59 has compelled me to do so. From where I stand as a Republican activist and union members, it's deceptive and unnecessary,

I am public employee who serves Oregonians as a corrections officer at the Columbia River Correctional Institution in Portland. In that role, I am a union member represented by Local 3941 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).

And, as a Republican, I am also the chair of the statewide AFSCME Republican Caucus. We are a group of registered union members who work with out political action committees to ensure that our viewpoint is heard on both issues and candidate endorsements. It's a democratic process, and we participate fully.

We also have the legal and voluntary right to "opt out" if we feel strongly about the political decisions of our union, and many of my co-workers do so. When you "opt out," you are rebated the percentage of your dues that AFSCME spends on political activity. You simply fill out a form and receive your rebate.

Bill Sizemore wants you to believe that public employee unions have money forcefully taken from them and spent on issues they don't believe in. I know first hand that's simply not true.

Tomorrow, if Sizemore-Norquist 59 isn't defeated by Oregonians, my right to choose will be denied and my right to speak through my union will disappear. That isn't fair.

I am convinced that Sizemore-Norquist 59 is aimed at me and all of my fellow public safety workers throughout the state who work hard to protect Oregonians. Just as you, we are entitled to the same rights and protections about how we participate in Oregon's political future.

Please join in me saying no to this deceptive and unfair ballot measure. Vote no on Sizemore-Norquist 59.

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Secretary of State Advises Oregonians to Vote No on Measure 59

Keep the Voters' Pamphlet Available to Oregonians

As your Secretary of State, one of my jobs is to make sure that every Oregonian has the chance to learn about the candidates and issues before their votes are counted on election day.

Without question, the best tool we have to assist Oregonians as they decide on the candidates and issues is the Voters' Pamphlet. Everywhere I go, Oregonians tell me that they support this valuable resource as an important way to keep them informed about every election. That's why I am asking you to join me and citizens throughout Oregon in voting no on Measure 59.

As the current explanatory and fiscal impact statements on this measure note, there is a real danger that Measure 59 will make it illegal to include in the Voters' Pamphlet any paid statement supporting or opposing candidates, initiatives or ballot measures.

This could be the last Voters' Pamphlet that really helps Oregonians be informed citizens on the most important task they have -- electing our leaders and shaping the state's future.

Because Measure 59 amends the constitution, any effort to correct this obvious flaw may require an additional vote, potentially costing taxpayers up to one million dollars.

As Oregon's chief elections officer, I urge you to reject Measure 59.

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Seniors Say Sizemore-Norquist 59 Will Destroy the Voters' Pamphlet

As senior citizen advocates, we are often overwhelmed by the amount of political information that arrives with every election. We get a mountain of mail asking us to vote one way or another. We hear radio spots and see television commercials trying to persuade us on the issues.

For us, however, the voters' pamphlet is different. Like many Oregonians, seniors trust the voters' pamphlet. It's really the one opportunity every Oregon voter has to read good information and arguments on both sides of every issue. It comes to us free from the Secretary or State before we vote, and anyone can use the voters' pamphlet to make their best case to vote for or against a candidate or a ballot measure. Then informed Oregonians, including senior citizens, can make their decision.

Sizemore-Norquist 59 would change the voters' pamphlet forever. Because it prohibits the use of public resources for political purposes, the voters' pamphlet could no longer include any arguments or statements supporting or opposing candidates, initiatives, or ballot measures. It's true. Just read the explanatory statement for Measure 59.

The voters' pamphlet is an important election tradition for senior citizens in Oregon. Many of us review it with families and friends before making our decisions on election day. Of course, many seniors use a vote-by-mail ballot, so for us the pamphlet is a great tool to help mark their ballots at home.

As a senior citizen, I know that without the voters' pamphlet it will be more difficult to determine the truth about candidates and measures. Without it, every citizen will be less informed and find it much harder to make good choices for Oregon's future.

Please join Oregon's senior citizens in voting no on Sizemore-Norquist 59. The voters' pamphlet is too important to lose.

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Oregon's Business Community Advises a No Vote on Sizemore-Norquist 59

Voters' Pamphlet Guides Oregonians on Election Day

As a member of Oregon's business community, I am concerned about Sizemore-Norquist 59. This measure really goes too far.

Oregon's business community cares about our employees and the choices we offer them. Sizemore-Norquist 59 really reduces the choices we offer our employees for voluntary participation through payroll deductions.

Like you, many of our employees choose to have money deducted directly from their paychecks for savings and retirement plans, charitable contributions, health care and disability coverage, as well as college savings programs and family emergencies. These are important choices for people to make, and valuable benefits for everyone.

We also understand the essential value of the voters' pamphlet for giving every Oregonian, as employees and employers, the right to speak about issues important to them. This tool is often every citizen's best chance to inform voters about how their election decisions affect them.

As a result, every Oregonian is threatened by this impact of Sizemore-Norquist 59: it will be illegal to include in the voters' pamphlet any paid statement supporting or opposing candidates, initiatives or ballot measure.

Sizemore-Norquist 59 threatens the voices and choices of every Oregonian because it goes too far. As a fellow citizen, I ask you to reject Sizemore-Norquist 59.

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League of Women Voters of Oregon Urges a No Vote on Measure 59

The League of Women Voters of Oregon is asking Oregonians to vote "no" on Measure 59.

Measure 59 is unfair. It denies some union members the right to choose a payroll deduction to have a political voice like any citizen. These are the men and women of Oregon who are firefighters, police officers, nurses and teachers. They save lives, protect our communities and educate our children.

Measure 59 is unnecessary. Right now in Oregon, unionized workers already have the legal right and protection to choose not to participate in the voluntary political deduction. In some local unions, as many as 1 in 5 choose not to participate. Measure 59 doesn't protect these workers. It takes away their right to choose.

Measure 59 threatens the voters' pamphlet. Today in Oregon, the voters' pamphlet is the most important tool we have to ensure that every voter has access to all of the information and arguments they need to make an informed choice on election day. If Measure 59 passes, according to legal interpretation, the pamphlet you are reading right now would contain no election information, no arguments for and against issues, and no explanation of what a measure's consequences might be. The use of public funds for providing this information could be prohibited.

Measure 59 is unfair, unnecessary, and an attack on Oregon public employees such as firefighters, nurses, teachers, and others. The Oregon League of Women Voters of Oregon strongly recommends voting "no" on Measure 59. It's a matter of protecting individual rights.

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Common Cause Asks Oregonians to Vote No on Measure #59

As Oregonians, we know the importance our citizens place on making the right choices for Oregon's future. In any election, we may not all agree on the issues, but we all want the right to participate and make an informed, fair decision. That's why we're asking you to join citizens throughout Oregon in voting no on Measure #59.

Measure #59 is unfair. It denies some Oregonians, who are union members, the voluntary right to choose dues deduction as a way to have a political voice, and participate like any citizen. These people are firefighters, police officers, nurses and teachers. They saves lives, protect our communities and educate our children.

Measure #59 is unnecessary. Right now in Oregon, unionized workers already have the legal right and protection to choose not to participate in voluntary political deductions. In some local unions, as many as one in five choose not to participate. This measure takes away their right to choose.

Measure #59 is underhanded. Its sponsors call it "paycheck protection" but it is actually an effort to deny one group, public employees, the political participation of their choice.

Measure #59 threatens the voters' pamphlet. Today in Oregon, the voters' pamphlet is the most important tool we have to ensure that every voter has access to all the information and arguments they need to make an informed choice on election day. If #59 passes it might mean that the pamphlet you are reading right now would have no information, no arguments for and against candidates and measures, and no explanations of what we are voting on. We need to protect the Voters Pamphlet.

Measure #59 is unfair, unnecessary, and an underhanded attack on participation and information in our electoral system. Please join Oregon Common Cause in voting no on measure #59.

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A Police Officer Says Vote No on Sizemore Norquist 59

Say No to 59 Because It's Not Fair to Oregonians

Let me put it on the line for you: Sizemore-Norquist 59 isn't fair to me and my fellow officers.Why? Because every day we put our lives on the line protecting and serving Oregonians. We protect your communities. We need your help to assure our protection as equal citizens in Oregon. That's why I am asking you to join me in voting no on Sizemore-Norquist 59.

Why am I a Target for Sizemore-Norquist 59?Because it makes important changes in my right to choose how I participate in the political process.

Sizemore-Norquist 59 denies my right of choice through contributions to candidates or campaigns by payroll deduction. Today I have a choice. If 59 passes I won't. As a union member, it's very important to me to continue my voluntary participation in its work through a payroll deduction program.

What Else does Sizemore-Norquist 59 deny me? The same thing it will deny you and every Oregonian: our voices in the election process. It makes it illegal to include in the voters' pamphlet any paid statement supporting or opposing candidates, initiatives or ballot measures.

Why am I opposing Sizemore-Norquist 59?Because it's a mean-spirited effort aimed at me and my colleagues. Every day, while I and my fellow officers protect your communities, this measure challenges our place as citizens in Oregon.

Let me put in on the line again: that isn't fair to me, my fellow officers, or any Oregonian.

On November 3, please vote No on Sizemore-Norquist 59.

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A Teacher Says Vote No Sizemore-Norquist 59

I teach high school in Portland. I love working with my students. My classroom is where I want to put all my energy. But, Bill Sizemore, the sponsor of Measure 59, has crafted a Constitutional Amendment that takes away my personal right to choose how to spend my own money. I urge you to vote NO on Sizemore-Norquist 59.

The fact is Measure 59 is unfair. It targets a certain group of individuals ­ teachers, firefighters, nurses and other public employees ­ and says we don't have the same rights as individuals who are employees of private businesses and big corporations. It's not right. It's not fair. And, it certainly has no place in Oregon's Constitution.

What does Measure 59 do? It changes how I can participate in the political process ­ the process that decides how Oregon's public school system will be funded, what kind of educational reform is needed in my school district, even how many students may be placed in my classroom.

Why would anyone want to make it more difficult for me to participate in the decisions that impact my classroom and my school? Those who work in Oregon's schools should certainly be able to have a voice in the decision-making process. After all, who knows our educational system best?

Measure 59 is unnecessary. Right now I have the choice whether or not to participate in the political system through payroll deduction. Measure 59 would remove that right ­ for other Oregonians and myself. I ask that you join me in voting no on Measure 59.

VOTE NO ON SIZEMORE-NORQUIST 59

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ECUMENICAL MINISTRIES OF OREGON OPPOSES MEASURE 59

MEASURE 59 DISCOURAGES VOTER PARTICIPATION

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon calls upon all citizens to study the issues to become aware of their implications for equality and social justice and their impact on individuals and society. The Voters' Pamphlet has been a major source of information for this in-depth analysis. Measure 59 denies us this common base of balanced information.

MEASURE 59 LIMITS CITIZEN INVOLVEMENT

Measure 59 denies public employees the right to voluntarily participate in the democratic process through a payroll deduction. It singles out Oregon workers who happen to be public employees and says they can't collectively and efficiently fund citizen participation through payroll deduction. Measure 59 is unfair to Oregonians who serve all of us as teachers, police officers, librarians, firefighters and public health providers.

MEASURE 59 THREATENS CHARITABLE GIVING

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon provides housing, health care, hospice, nutrition services, parent mentoring, resettlement assistance and addiction services to many of Oregon's most vulnerable citizens. Many public employees contribute to this work through a voluntary charitable payroll deduction. Because advocacy is integral to this work, a charitable payroll deduction would be illegal under Measure 59. Many Oregon community based services find themselves in similar circumstances. Measure 59 discourages charitable giving by public employees.

MEASURE 59 VIOLATES CONSTITUTIONAL INTEGRITY

Measure 59 introduces into Oregon's constitution language that affects individuals rather than the basic framework of governance. A state constitution is supposed to provide protection for citizens' rights. Measure 59 violates the rights of public employees.

SAFEGUARD EQUAL ACCESS TO THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS

PLEASE VOTE NO ON MEASURE 59

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Environmentalists Say Vote No on Sizemore-Norquist 59

Sizemore-Norquist 59 is bad for Oregonians and Oregon's Environment.

Oregonians care about the environment. Our environmental landmarks - the Columbia River Gorge, high desert country, spectacular and accessible beaches - are there because citizens got involved in our political process. By writing letters, attending public hearings and making payroll deductions to support environmental organizations or green candidates, citizens made their voices heard about the rhetoric of out-of-state money and special interests.

Now, special interests are trying to silence some of us. Bill Sizemore and Grover Norquist, an advisor to Newt Gingrich, want to take away the political voices of the men and women of Oregon who enforce our environmental regulations, who help protect our forest, rivers and wild salmon, and who keep our communities healthy.

Sizemore-Norquist 59 would deny Oregonians who are union members the voluntary right to choose a dues deduction. They would no longer have the choice to take part in election activities important to every citizen and currently allowed under Oregon law.

That's not fair to Oregonians.

This extreme measure not only silences some Oregonians, it reduces the ability of every Oregonian to cast an informed vote. Sizemore-Norquist 59 would make it illegal to include in thevoters' pamphlet any statement supporting or opposing candidates, initiatives or ballot measures.

That's not fair to Oregon's electoral process.

Today, where special interests outspend Oregonians who are union members by eleven to one, we need more fairness - not less - in our elections. Today, when out-of-state dollars are used to undermine the laws protecting our environment and to eliminate the public workers enforcing those laws, we need more - not less - participation in politics by all Oregonians.

Oregonians who care about a healthy environment and fair elections in Oregon should beware. Sizemore-Norquist 59 is about taking away political choice and voice. Let your voice be heard by voting No on Sizemore-Norquist 59.

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Who is Really Behind Measure 59?

There's a lot of things about Measure 59 that I don't know. It seems deceptive and unclear, and if you're like me, you're not sure how many get hurt and how badly. But one thing I do know:

The people pushing this on us are Bill Sizemore and Grover Norquist.

Bill Sizemore's running for governor of Oregon even though he ran his own business into bankruptcy. The measures he's written in past elections have caused lawsuits that every Oregon taxpayer still pays for.

Grover Norquist registers himself as a foreign lobbyist and refers to himself as a close advisor to Newt Gingrich. He gets paid to try and get American taxpayer dollars sent to foreign countries. Norquist takes credit for the Gingrich agenda to give tax breaks to the wealthy, cut education, and put Social Security and Medicare at risk.

Now Norquist is going around the country, paying for measures like this one, just like he did in California, so that he can advance his anti-worker movement. It's political payback for everyone who fought the Norquist-Gingrich attack in Congress and tried to protect children and seniors. Sizemore is using Norquist's money and agenda.

That's who is behind Measure 59

The list of people opposing Measure 59 is a lot longer. It begins with our Governor and includes nurses, firefighters, police officers, teachers, senior citizens, and religious leaders.

Please vote No on Sizemore-Norquist 59.

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A Health Professional Says Vote No on Sizemore-Norquist 59

Do you know that 59 is sponsored by Bill Sizemore? Does that scare you, too? As a psychiatric social worker in Salem for 10 years,, I know the value of public service in my community. That's why I am asking you to join me and citizens throughout Oregon in voting no on Sizemore-Norquist 59.

Why am I opposing Sizemore-Norquist 59? Because it's a mean-spirited effort aimed at the men and women of Oregon who are firefighters, policemen, nurses and educators.

What does Sizemore-Norquist 59 do? It makes it illegal to include in the voters' pamphlet any paid statement supporting or opposing candidates, initiatives or ballot measures. Doesn't that challenge our constitutional protection on the matter of freedom of speech?

It also makes important changes in my right to chose how I participate in the political process. Sizemore-Norquist 59 denies my right of choice through contributions to candidates or campaigns by payroll deduction. Today I have a choice. If 59 passes I won't. As a union member, it's very important to me to continue my voluntary participation in its work through a payroll deduction program.

Why do I feel so strongly about Sizemore-Norquist 59? Because it's Deceptive, Unfair Unnecessary and Silences working families in Oregon.

Please exercise your voice on November 3. Vote No on Sizemore-Norquist 59.

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Sizemore-Norquist 59 is Deceptive

On the surface, it looks like Measure 59 is about taxpayer money being used for politics, but it's already illegal to use taxpayer money for campaigning. Measure 59's deceptive language is just an attempt to deceive the voters of Oregon.

Bill Sizemore and Grover Norquist, a registered foreign lobbyist and advisor to Newt Gingrich, wrote Measure 59 for another purpose -- to support their national anti-worker movement. Oregon is just the latest state they have tried to trick into passing this kind of law.

Like so many politicians today, they are trying to fool the voters by obscuring the real issue. And like so many politicians today, all they are doing is creating a big mess.

They're trying to deceive us about the consequences of Measure 59.

What are the consequences of Measure 59?

The Secretary of State says it will gut the voters' pamphlet.

It will make this deceptive language a permanent part of Oregon's Constitution.

It will cause dozens of lawsuits, ending up in court and costing us all money.

Sizemore-Norquist 59 is deceptive, dishonest and misleading. It has major, expensive and severe consequences.

Please vote No on Sizemore-Norquist 59.

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Ballot Measure 59 has earned a No Vote!

The Oregon State Building and Construction Trades Council asks for your No Vote on Ballot Measure 59. Measures that unfairly pit one group of Oregonians against another aren't in Oregon's best interest.

We are the men and women who build your homes, schools, bridges, hospitals, and repair the roads. We have worked hard to build Oregon utilizing skills acquired through years of training. While most of us aren't directly targeted by this ill-conceived measure, we strongly believe it's wrong and should be defeated.

The sponsors of Ballot Measure 59 are promoting a deceptive measure. Clever ballot titles that divert attention from the real consequences of a measure need to be exposed. If Measure 59 passed it would:

The Oregon State Building and Construction Trades Council is a private organization whose members support our activity. We are, as our name implies, from Oregon, interested in Oregon. We are dedicated to promoting a strong economy and livable communities. While we don't think it's illegal that out-of-state special interests are purported to be the financial backers of Measure 59, we do wonder why these out-of-state interests are so committed to silencing the citizens of Oregon. If Measure 59 is truly in the best interest of Oregon, shouldn't Oregonians be leading the fight to pass it?

Measure 59 is about choice. An Oregonians choice to participate in the political process. While we may not always agree with their individual decisions, we should always fight for their right to participate. Measure 59 begins to erode that protection and participation. Make the right choice, Vote No on Ballot Measure 59.

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Measure 59 doesn't make sense. While its supporters argue that people shouldn't have to contribute to campaigns, Measure 59 doesn't address this issue.

Instead, it targets one type of organizations. As such, it is highly discriminatory.

What's even more puzzling is that these organizations do give their employees a choice whether to contribute to these political campaigns. Any employee can opt out.

So Measure 59 isn't about freedom or fairness.

Measure 59 is petty and irrelevant. Don't waste your time: vote "no."

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Measure 59 is a proposal shrouded in deception, sponsored by a man who is a tool for unscrupulous malefactors of great wealth who want to destroy Oregon's democracy as we know it. They are not content to limit their unsavory efforts to attempts to destroy organized labor's political influence, which provides some limited balance to the millions of dollars spent by big business, multinational corporations and secret political contributors. They want to destroy the very fabric of Oregon's democratic system created almost 100 years ago by our great progressive leaders.

June 1, 1908, the people adopted Oregon's first Corrupt Election Practices Act. This Initiative was designed to curb the abuses being practiced by the forces of evil of the time, similar to those who are sponsoring this measure. It included a section creating Oregon's first Voters' Pamphlet which made it possible for ordinary people, not just a few millionaires to influence public opinion.

Adoption of this measure would destroy that instrument of democracy and establish a government of the wealthy, by the wealthy and for the wealthy, a government with no concern for ordinary Oregonians. It would eliminate the Oregon Voters' Pamphlet for all practical purposes. It would destroy the right of ordinary people to have their views about a measure published for a modest fee in the Voters' Pamphlet.

Measure 59 would eliminate the right of a citizen to submit an argument for or against a school or municipal bond or tax proposal. It would eliminate the right of a candidate for school board director, city councilor, legislator, state office, congress or president to insert a statement in the Voters' Pamphlet setting forth his/her qualifications for office and stands on the issues involving those candidacies.

This is the most recent of a long list of bad legislation financed by greedy special interests. It must be defeated.

Vern Cook, former state senator (503) 665-8143; FAX (503) 665-8145

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HUMAN SERVICES COALITION OF OREGON OPPOSES MEASURE 59

MEASURE 59 DISCRIMINATES AGAINST WORKERS

Measure 59 is not fair. It says public employees should be denied the right to participate in the public process through a voluntary payroll deduction. It separates Oregon workers into first and second class citizens. At a time when citizen participation is declining, Measure 59 creates barriers to citizen involvement. The Human Services Coalition of Oregon includes more private and non-profit groups and individuals than public, but we have discovered our need to work together to ensure that the basic needs of all Oregonians will be met. Measure 59 creates barriers to these partnerships.

MEASURE 59 THREATENS COMMUNITY SERVICES

Many Oregon charitable groups not only provide basic human services ­ health, child care, food boxes, housing, alcohol and drug treatment and child and adolescent treatment services, but they also work for changes in public policy that will lessen the need for those services. To assist low-wage Oregonians move out of poverty and to assure health care services, many community service groups supported the successful 1996 measures increasing the minimum wage and the tobacco tax. Many of these same community groups receive donations from public employees through voluntary payroll charitable deductions. Measure 59 will make these voluntary payroll contributions illegal.

MEASURE 59 DISCOURAGES CITIZEN INITIATIVES

The Voters' Pamphlet has provided citizen groups access to all Oregon voters. Measure 59 will take away this relatively inexpensive campaign literature. Voters will receive expensive sound bites rather than in-depth discussions by their fellow Oregonians. Measure 59 sponsors say the elimination of the Voters' Pamphlet arguments is an unintended consequence. But since Measure 59 is a constitutional amendment, the legislature can not remedy their mistake.

ALLOW ALL OREGONIANS TO WORK TOGETHER

PLEASE VOTE NO ON MEASURE 59

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A School Bus Driver Urges Your NO Vote on #59

I wonder why Bill Sizemore and his Washington D.C. friends want to take away my right to personal choice when it comes to how I participate in political activity?

As a school bus driver at Cascade Union High School in Turner for a number of years, I've never considered myself such a political threat to these big money special interest groups, that they would spend millions of dollars trying to fool Oregon voters into taking away my right to choose how and when to participate in politics. But apparently they think I am, because that's what BM59 is all about. It's about taking away my right as a citizen to participate as I choose in politics.

And apparently, Bill Sizemore and his D.C. cronies don't think you would agree with them if they wrote BM59 in a straightforward manner that would allow you to see all of it's intent and consequences. So, they wrote it so vaguely that, if it passes, we won't know all of it's ramifications until we have spent a lot of our taxdollars in the courts trying to figure it out.

One thing is certain though. Ballot Measure 59 takes away my right to choose how to participate in politics - and that decision should be my personal choice.

Please don't be fooled by Bill Sizemore. Please don't take away my personal choices. Please vote NO on BM59.

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ARGUMENT IN OPPOSITION

THESE GROUPS OPPOSE MEASURE 59 FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS

SIZEMORE/NORQUIST 59 IS

UNCLEAR

UNFAIR

UNNECESSARY

UNDERHANDED

TAKES AWAY PEOPLE'S VOICE & CHOICE

PLEASE JOIN US IN VOTING NO ON SIZEMORE/NORQUIST 59

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon

Human Services Coalition of Oregon

League of Women Voters of Oregon

Oregon Action

Oregon AFSCME, Council 75

Oregon Consumer League

Oregon Council of Police Associations

Oregon Education Association

Oregon Nurses Association

Oregon Public Employees Union/SEIU

Oregon State Council of Senior Citizens

Oregon State Public Interest Research Group

Portland Rainbow Coalition

Progressive Coalition of Southern Oregon

Rural Organizing Project

(This information furnished by Roger Gray, Oregonians for Open and Fair Elections.)

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