Measure 46

Argument in Favor

We personally gathered several hundred signatures to help get Measures 46 and 47 on the ballot. The responses of the people we approached were overwhelmingly positive. Oregonians want campaign finance reform!

A few people won't like these measures: corporate executives and wealthy folks who now supply almost all of the campaign funds for candidates, special interests with a limited but wealthy donor base, and union bosses.

But do you know who will love both of these measures that limit campaign contributions? The 99% of Oregonians who want to trust their legislators and other elected officials.

Bryn Hazell and Harry Lonsdale

(This information furnished by Bryn Hazell, Harry Lonsdale.)

Argument in Favor


YES on Measures 46 and 47:
Oregon's Campaign Finance Reform Measures

Oregon is one of only 5 states with no limits on political contributions. None!

What Tom DeLay was indicted for in Texas is perfectly legal in Oregon.

The result of NO LIMITS is that corporate money dominates politics in Oregon. The corporations outspend labor unions by 5-1 on campaign contributions, and both of them massively outspend all other groups and causes, including those for better health care, environmental protection, human and civil rights, decent jobs for all, consumer protection, fair taxes, less promotion of gambling, and sufficient funding for education and other needs.

Corporations pushed up the total spending on political races in Oregon from $4 million in 1996 to $42 million in 2002 - that's ten times more. Only about 1% of Oregonians make political contributions, and over 75% of the money now comes from only 1% of those few contributors. Only 3% of the money comes in amounts of $50 or less. Almost 70% comes in amounts of $1,000 or more.

It now usually costs over $500,000 to win a contested seat in the State Senate and over $250,000 to win such a seat in the State House of Representatives.

"And now those money-fueled campaigns for part-time Oregon legislators can reach $1 million."

The Oregonian editorial, August 13, 2006

Corporate contributions are so huge in Oregon that Tom DeLay would not even be noticed here. He was indicted for channeling $155,000 of corporate money into races for the Texas Legislature. Doing that would be legal in Oregon and insignificant, since the corporations have pumped over $20 million into races for the Oregon Legislature in the last two election cycles.


Sierra Club
Democratic Party of Clackamas County
Alliance for Democracy
Northwest Progressive Community
Pacific Green Party
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
Utility Reform Project

(This information furnished by Dan Meek, Utility Reform Project; Elizabeth Trojan, FairElections Oregon; David E. Delk, Alliance For Democracy.)

Argument in Favor


"And now those money-fueled campaigns for part-time Oregon legislators can reach $1 million."

The Oregonian editorial, August 13, 2006

In 2002, candidates for Governor spent $15 million, breaking all records. The two major party candidates spent over $4 million each. This year, expect $6 million each. Republicans get huge contributions from corporations and executives. Nevada executive Loren Parks alone gave Kevin Mannix $540,000 in 2002 and $713,000 in 2006. Ron Saxton this year accepted campaign funds of $100,000 each from several timber company executives. Democrats get huge contributions from corporations and unions. Ted Kulongoski's 2002 campaign received $1.2 million from unions.


Enron/Portland General Electric got a $400 million annual rate increase in 2001 and since 1997 has charged Oregon ratepayers over $900 million for federal and state "income taxes" it never paid. Why? PGE gave over $500,000 to Oregon politicians.

The corporate share of Oregon income taxes has declined from 18% to only 4%. The corporate "kicker" will further cut corporate income taxes by 36% in 2005 and 54% next year. Why? The big corporations provide most of the campaign cash for candidates of both major parties.

Video Poker outlets get $100 million per year over the reasonable level of commissions. Why? The Oregon Restaurant Association gave over $1.2 million to Oregon politicians since 2000.

Drug companies defeated bills to expand the Oregon Prescription Drug Purchasing Pool to save hundreds of millions of dollars for Oregonians (an average of 30%) by having the State negotiate lower prices. How? The drug and medical equipment companies gave over $3 million to Oregon politicians since 2000.

The Oregonian (June 4, 2006) says Oregon "has lowered its cigarette tax and all but surrendered in the battle to reduce tobacco use." The American Lung Association gave Oregon "F" in smoking prevention. Why? The tobacco companies gave over $600,000 to Oregon politicians since 2000.

www.fairelections.net       info@fairelections.net

(This information furnished by Tom Civiletti, Lloyd K. Marbet, Kenneth Lewis.)

Argument in Favor

Fair Elections Belong in our Constitution
Vote Yes on 46!

In 1994, 72% of Oregonians voted for limitations on contributions to candidates.

But in 2006, we have NO such limits.

Why not?

In 1997, the Oregon Supreme Court threw out that law claiming it violated the Oregon Constitution.

The result?

Corporate contributions to candidates have skyrocketed.
Running for office is now beyond the reach of ordinary citizens.
Our elected officials are perceived to represent special interests rather than ordinary people.

Measure 46 is the solution!

It's just one sentence which permits limitations on campaign contributions.

That's all!

A constitutional amendment is required to allow limitations.

We don't advocate amending the Constitution on a whim. But sometimes an amendment is necessary.

What is a constitution?

Our Constitution is a contract in which the people define how the government is formed and how it functions. Rules governing the election of our government officials ought to be included in the Constitution.

Measure 46 simply makes limitations on political contributions and expenditures constitutional.

It does not establish limits on political contributions.

It does not establish spending limits.

It does give the people the right to pass those types of rules.

What role does the legislature have?

Measure 46 allows contribution limitations to be enacted either through the initiative process or by our representatives in Salem. If the legislature enacts or changes laws establishing limits, it must do so by a 75% majority vote rather than a simple majority.

This super-majority requirement is needed because in other states with limitations legislatures have changed laws in order to favor the wealthy over the rest of us. During the 2004 election, the Ohio legislature, with a simple majority, increased the ceiling on individual contributions from $2,500 to $10,000. This change favored wealthy citizens to the detriment of poor and middle-class citizens.

Vote Yes on Measures 46 & 47.

Joan Horton, David Delk, Co-chairs
Alliance for Democracy, Portland www.afd-pdx.org

(This information furnished by David Delk, Joan Horton; Alliance for Democracy, Portland.)

Argument in Favor

Citizens for the Public Good in Jackson County say

We believe the quality of life in our state is increasingly eroded by big money influencing politics. Our health care, education, safety, and environment—are all at stake.

Our political system has become corrupted by endless money spent on political campaigns, especially on attack ads and information meant to deliberately mislead the public. Especially galling are the out-of-state corporations—energy companies, pharmaceutical and chemical industry giants, HMO's, and insurance companies—that have literally spent millions of dollars on politics in Oregon. This has resulted in a state government that often caters to these and other deep-pocketed special interests, not to the needs of average citizens.

Unless campaign finance reform Measures 46 and 47 are passed in November, this problem will only worsen. Why? Because Oregon is one of only five states with NO limits or restrictions on campaign spending.

Measures 46 and 47 must both be passed, because they work together. They ensure:

  • A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD IN POLITICS. Individual Oregonians will have the freedom to contribute to campaigns of their choice, but with fair limits on contributions. No donations will be allowed by corporations or labor unions.

  • OREGON'S POLITICAL ISSUES WILL BE DECIDED BY OREGONIANS. With fair contribution limits in place, Big Money—including out-of-state--will not have an undue advantage over average citizens in our government.

  • CAMPAIGN SPENDING LIMITS WILL FOSTER DEMOCRACY, and encourage more folks to run for office who are publicly-spirited and who don't pander to big donors.

We deserve a better government.
Measures 46 and 47 are a major step to having one.

Jackson County Citizens for the Public Good Steering Committee
Avis Adee
Robert Altaras
Gerald Cavanaugh
Michael Dawkins
Marshall Fox
Becky Hale
Irene Saikevych

(This information furnished by Irene Saikevych, Avis Adee, Robert Altaras, Gerald Cavanaugh, Michael Dawkins, Marshall Fox, Becky Hale; Jackson County Citizens for the Public Good.)

Argument in Favor



It's an All-Oregon Effort of Thousands of Volunteers and Donors
and Dozens of Public Interest Groups

Measures 46 and 47 are completely home-grown.

FairElections Oregon is a coalition of Oregon groups and people working on campaign finance reform for 8 years. We spent over 18 months gathering over 280,000 signatures for these measures. We benefited from over 1,000 volunteer, unpaid circulators and over 1,300 donors. All of our volunteer circulators were Oregonians, and 99.99% of our funding came from residents of Oregon.

We accepted no money from any:
corporations, unions, or out-of-state groups or organizations

Our efforts were greatly assisted by contributions from these Oregonians:

Harry Lonsdale, retired President of Bend Research, Inc., a high-tech company located in Bend

Dan Meek, public interest attorney in Portland

William Boyer, retired professor of philosophy living in Sisters, who passed away earlier this year

Our "out-of-state" supporter was Public Action For Clean Elections (P.A.C.E.).


Sierra Club of Oregon
OSPIRG (Oregon State Public Interest Research Group)
Alliance for Democracy
Physicians for Social Responsibility
Pacific Green Party
Democratic Party of Clackamas County
Oregon Gray Panthers
Northwest Progressive Community
Health Care for All Oregon
Universal Health Care for Oregon
Tim Hermach, President, Native Forest Council, Eugene, OR 97402, 541-688-2600
Jackson County Citizens for the Public Good
Lloyd K. Marbet, Don't Waste Oregon
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
Utility Reform Project
First Unitarian Church, Economic Justice Action Group

FairElections Oregon    www.fairelections.net    info@fairelections.net

(This information furnished by Elizabeth Trojan, FairElections Oregon.)

Argument in Favor



  • Under current campaign law, Oregon is one of only five states in the nation where any special interest can contribute any amount of money (literally any amount of money), to any state or local candidate.

  • It now typically costs over $500,000 to win a contested seat in the State Senate and over $250,000 to win such a seat in the State House of Representatives.

  • As reported by The Oregonian "Nine of the 10 most frequent visitors to legislative leaders [in 2005] represent large campaign donors."

The strength and genius of our system of government is the equation of "one person equals one vote". That core principle is now threatened by a government of, by and for a very small number of very large contributors. We believe it is time to make people and ideas more important than money in our politics. Let's pass Measures 46 & 47 and put a stop to the "pay to play" system we have now.

Join us in voting YES for Campaign Finance Reform.

YES on 46 & 47


(This information furnished by Elizabeth A. Steffensen, David Sonnichsen, Norman L. Riddle.)

Argument in Favor

Vote "YES" on Measures 46 and 47 and help
level the playing field in Oregon politics.

Measures 46 and 47:

The Oregon Campaign Finance Reform Initiatives

Right now we are presented with a rare opportunity to clean up government by making a positive change in the way political campaigns are run in our state.

Under current campaign law, Oregon is one of only a handful of states where any special interest can contribute any amount of money, to any state or local candidate. The current system provides no way to curb the overwhelming influence of big money donors in politics. The result—special interests get sweetheart deals at the public's expense.

Enough is enough. It's time for Oregon to join states like Colorado and Montana that have already enacted successful and tough campaign finance reform initiatives.

Help level the playing field in Oregon politics.

Vote "YES" on Measures 46 and 47.

(This information furnished by Tyrone Reitman, Stuart Henderson, Loring Harkness, Shaun Cook.)

Argument in Favor


Too often, the safety and welfare of Oregonians take a back seat to the wishes of corporate political contributors. For that reason

Injured Workers' Alliance supports Ballot Measures 46 and 47.

Since 1998, our statewide advocacy organization has fought for Oregonians on issues such as workplace safety and access to healthcare. During that time, we've witnessed the tremendous power of insurance companies and their hired hands, resulting in harm to Oregonians. During the 2002 and 2004 election cycles, insurance companies alone contributed over $850,000 to Oregon candidates!

Insurance companies have massive political influence!
That influence has destroyed thousands of lives.

It's been well known in Salem for at least 15 years that independent medical examinations too often are biased, fraud-ridden, and that physical harm is inflicted during exams. Known as IME's, these exams are routinely used by insurance companies to deny medical treatment. Many examiners don't even treat people; they only provide opinions. They're sometimes paid $1,000 or more per hour with little overhead. Attempts at warranted, meaningful reforms have been repeatedly stopped cold by special interests. What has become law is sorely inadequate.

A few days before the 2005 legislative session began, a political committee formed by independent medical examiners gave money - a portion of the fat fees they received from insurers - to the most powerful members of the Oregon House. Their goal was to kill IME reform legislation – perhaps to even prevent a public hearing. These contributions came soon after the release of a state-conducted study that reinforced other evidence critical of the examinations. The money contributed included $5,000 to then-State Representative Dan Doyle (R-Salem), later convicted of campaign finance fraud for collecting, and then pocketing, campaign contributions.

Join worker advocates in making democracy work in Oregon.

Please vote YES on Measures 46 and 47.

Learn more about Injured Workers' Alliance at www.InjuredWorker.org

(This information furnished by Ernest Delmazzo, Injured Workers' Alliance.)


Elections Division, Oregon Secretary of State • 136 State Capitol • Salem, OR 97310-0722