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Measure 46

Argument in Opposition

Oregon AFSCME stands opposed to this measure. Why would we be against a measure that takes the money out of elections? We wouldn't; this measure doesn't do that. All this measure does is open up Oregon to attack in the guise of election reform.

We support sensible campaign finance that puts the power where it belongs, with the people. Oregon AFSCME was one of the strongest supporters of Voter-Owned-Elections. Unlike that program there is no telling what the long term affects of this measure will be on the electoral system in Oregon. All it does is open the door by decreasing our free speech protections.

We cannot support this measure and we strongly encourage you to vote "No." This measure will eat away at Oregon's free speech protections. We have some of the strongest free speech protection in the country under the Oregon Constitution; much stronger than the U.S. Constitution. With this measure the standard will be lowered to that level for political speech.

Under this measure the legislature and other ballot measure will be able to play with Oregon's rules on free speech laws. There is no way to predict what might happen in the years to come.

The reason we are most concerned is because the unfair advantage this will give the extremely wealthy in Oregon elections. This measure will allow regulations on the amount of contributions candidates can collect. Working people who choose to run for office will be forced to spend a great deal of time raising money. On the other hand a wealthy person can still write themselves a huge check and fund their own campaign.

We at Oregon AFSCME urge you to Vote NO on Measure 46. Don't amend the Constitution to give Oregon less protection for political speech. You never know what some legislators might decide is best use of the new power this measure gives them.

(This information furnished by Joe Baessler, Oregon AFSCME Council 75.)


Argument in Opposition

OREGON LIBRARIANS AGAINST CENSORSHIP

URGE YOU TO VOTE NO ON MEASURE 46!

We are librarians from all over Oregon who cherish the right of all Oregonians to decide for ourselves what we want to read, see and hear. Measure 46 will weaken free speech protections and open the door to government censorship.

We have strong free speech rights in Oregon because our founders in 1859 understood how important it was to include free speech protections in the Oregon Constitution.

We do not need to eliminate free speech rights or weaken our constitution to reform political campaigns. Don't be fooled by what the sponsors may say: Measure 46 will eliminate constitutional protections for free speech related to candidate and ballot measure elections. Measure 46 goes too far!

As librarians, we have come together in the past urging you not to weaken Oregon free speech protections. This is the fourth time in the last twelve years Oregonians have been asked to vote on a ballot measure that would weaken our free speech protections in the Oregon Constitution. Each time, Oregonians have said "NO!"

Once again, another single-issue special interest is trying to eliminate free speech protections to fit their cause. We hope you'll join us in saying "No" once again. Maybe this time they'll understand that "No" means NO!

Measure 46 is extreme and it goes too far.

LEAVE OUR FREE SPEECH RIGHTS ALONE!

DON'T OPEN THE DOOR TO CENSORSHIP!

VOTE NO ON MEASURE 46!!

Diedre Conkling
Jeanne Goodrich
Carol I. Hildebrand
Curtis L. Kiefer
Larry R. Oberg
Wyma Jane Rogers
Joanna Rood
Janet Webster

(This information furnished by Andrea Meyer, No Censorship Committee.)


Argument in Opposition

DON'T UNDERMINE OREGON'S FREEDOM OF SPEECH PROTECTIONS

VOTE "NO" ON MEASURE 46!!

As Oregon authors, artists and performers we oppose Measure 46 as a threat to artistic freedom in Oregon because it would weaken Oregon's important free speech protections.

Much more is at stake in this constitutional amendment than whether we should have campaign finance reform. This measure would eliminate freedom of speech protections as they relate to political campaign expenditures and contributions and would undermine the free speech rights of all Oregonians.

It would create the first exception to our Oregon Free Speech guarantee:

"No law shall be passed restraining the free expression of opinion, or restricting the right to speak, write, or print freely on any subject whatever; but every person shall be responsible for the abuse of this right."

Oregon has a proud history of artistic freedom—in large part because the Oregon Bill of Rights contains some of the strongest protections for free expression in the country. But Measure 46 would weaken that protection and open the door to government censorship of political activity and authors and performers who create works related to current events.

If Measure 46 is approved, Oregon laws could be passed that would ban political artistic expression if there is any connection to a candidate or ballot measure. We do not want to put artistic expression at risk of government censorship just because a book, film or performance is too topical and is considered a campaign "contribution." But under Measure 46 that could happen.

Don't be fooled. Measure 46 weakens the free speech protections in the Oregon Bill of Rights. We don't need to do that and we shouldn't!!

Support Oregon artists. Vote No on Measure 46!!

Ursula K. Le Guin, author
Thomas M. Lauderdale, artistic director, Pink Martini
Paul King, co-founder/president, White Bird Dance
Phillip Margolin, author
Jane Kirkpatrick, author
Molly Gloss, author
Henk Pander, artist
Shirley G. Gittelsohn, artist

(This information furnished by Andrea Meyer, No Censorship Committee.)


Argument in Opposition

MEASURE 46 WOULD WEAKEN THE OREGON BILL OF RIGHTS

VOTE "NO" ON MEASURE 46!

As a former Oregon Supreme Court Justice, I have spent a lot of time thinking about the practical application of the Oregon Bill of Rights to the everyday lives of Oregonians.

We should be proud of our state Bill of Rights which has protected us against the excesses of government since we became a state in 1859.

Unfortunately, Measure 46 has been funded primarily by one wealthy man seeking to change Oregon's constitutional free speech protections. Here is the language of Article 1, section 8—the free speech provision of Oregon Constitution that Measure 46 would weaken:

"No law shall be passed restraining the free expression of opinion, or restricting the right to speak, write, or print freely on any subject whatever; but every person shall be responsible for the abuse of this right."

For almost 150 years, this language in the Oregon Constitution has protected the right of all Oregonians to decide for ourselves what we want to read, see and hear. But Measure 46 will eliminate our current constitutional free speech protections for political campaign expenditures and contributions.

If Measure 46 is approved, there would be no free speech rights left in the Oregon Constitution to prevent a law that would ban all contributions for and against any ballot measure.

DON'T GIVE UP YOUR FREE SPEECH RIGHTS

Measure 46 will partially replace our current constitutional guarantee of free speech with weaker federal constitutional provisions. The federal constitution has allowed wealthy candidates to spend as much money as they want out of their own pockets, giving them an unfair advantage. This is what has turned our U.S. Senate into a millionaire's club. Measure 46 won't fix the problem, it will make it worse.

We don't need to erode our basic freedoms to deal with campaign finance reform. Measure 46 goes too far.

Betty Roberts, Former Oregon Supreme Court Justice

(This information furnished by Andrea Meyer, No Censorship Committee.)


Argument in Opposition

Measure 46: The Wrong Answer

Measure 46 amends the Oregon Constitution, weakening our free speech protections. This Constitutional Amendment will put new restrictions in Oregon's Bill of Rights, which currently guarantee our freedom of speech. Oregonians know that our freedoms are precious and must be protected. Our freedom of speech protections have served us well for more than 100 years. We shouldn't be fooled into believing less freedom will be good for us.

Measure 46 opens the door to further restrictions of our political freedom of speech. If Measure 46 passes, the legislature would have the ability to ban all contributions for and against any ballot measure—except those made by people who can afford to finance expensive campaigns on their own.

Measure 46 is sponsored by one wealthy man seeking to limit free speech protections for the rest of us. Reforming our campaign finance system is important and should be the result of a collaborative effort that includes all sides. The wealthy sponsor of this measure knows that Measure 46 will limit the free speech protections of average Oregonians, while the U.S. Constitution will protect his own ability to privately finance even more rewrites of our Constitution.

Measures 46 and 47—working in concert—will take away the political voice of unions and nonprofit organizations. These measures are designed to work together to limit contributions to political campaigns by unions and other nonprofit organizations. As dedicated professionals working every day in our schools, we see the effect that politics can play on our kids' education. We want to let folks know how political proposals will affect our schools. If these measures pass, their effect will be to take away the political voice of thousands of working men and women who don't have the money to make large contributions on their own, and the story they would tell will not be told.

Oregon School Employees Association
Asks You To Please
Vote NO on Measure 46

(This information furnished by Merlene Martin, Oregon School Employees Association.)


Argument in Opposition

THE OREGON ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®
OPPOSES MEASURE 46 AND URGES YOU
TO VOTE NO!

The Oregon Association of REALTORS® is the trade association for the professionals who help Oregonians achieve the American Dream of homeownership.

The same constitution that protects your right to own property – your home – has provisions in it that protect your right to free speech. Measure 46 seeks to undermine this right by limiting free speech in the name of campaign finance reform. Since we were first founded as a state, Oregon's Constitution has protected our right to see, hear and read what we want.

That is why it is so important to vote NO on Measure 46.

The Oregon Constitution protects us from the excesses of government. When we begin to chip away at these protections, there is no telling where it will lead. Once we have lost a constitutional right, it becomes very difficult to get it back.

You have the right to be a fully informed voter. Don't be fooled. Protect your right!

Vote NO on Measure 46!

(This information furnished by Jeremy Starr, President, Oregon Association of REALTORS.)


Argument in Opposition

Protect our Voice
Protect Your Freedom of Speech

Real campaign finance reform should come from all of us working together to reduce the influence of big money in Oregon politics. Measures 46 and 47 are the wrong solution. Unfortunately, they will hurt the voice of non-profits and membership organizations, and make the problem of wealthy individuals who seek to influence our politics even worse.

Join us in VOTING NO on Measure 46

ACLU of Oregon

American Federation of Teachers-Oregon

Basic Rights Oregon

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon

Eugene Springfield Solidarity Network

NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon

Oregon Action

Oregon AFL-CIO

Oregon Education Association

Oregon School Employees Association

Our Oregon

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon

SEIU/OPEU Locals 49 and 503

Stand for Children

www.protectourvoice.org

(This information furnished by Christy B. Mason, Our Oregon.)


Argument in Opposition

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon
Asks You to Vote NO on Measure 46

Measure 46 gives away too much power over our freedom of speech.

This measure goes too far in amending Oregon's Constitution and undermines our freedom of speech protections. This measure exempts ALL future actions of the legislature or ANY ballot measures regarding election contributions and expenditures from the Oregon Constitution's freedom of speech protection. Our rights are too precious to be surrendered without knowing what those future measures might do to limit our freedom of speech.

Freedom of choice depends on freedom of speech.

All of our rights begin with the freedom of speech. Measure 47, which accompanies this measure, places severe restrictions on the ability of any non-profit organization to conduct voter education campaigns. We believe those limits are an unreasonable limitation on our political voice – and those limits could not be imposed without Measure 46 taking away the Constitutional protections on freedom of speech we depend on.

Don't surrender rights you'd never let someone take.

Measure 46 undermines Oregon's Bill of Rights, and lets future ballot measures or actions of the state legislature take away your freedom of speech. There's no way to know what unintended consequences will come of it, or how courts will interpret its meaning over time. Freedom of speech is protected in our Constitution for a reason. Don't take it away without knowing what the actual effects will be.

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon
asks you to VOTE NO on Measure 46

DON'T SURRENDER YOUR FREEDOM OF SPEECH

(This information furnished by Bill Sheppard, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon.)


Argument in Opposition

Stand for Children Urges You to
Vote NO on Measure 46

Because Oregon's children deserve a voice

Stand for Children exists because children have no power to influence the democratic system to meet their fundamental needs. Our volunteer-driven organization supports local and statewide candidates who will take a stand for Oregon's children.

Measure 46 takes away our right to freedom of speech. Instead of continuing to have Constitutional protection for our right to political speech, Measure 46 would allow the legislature or future ballot measures to determine what we can do and say on behalf of children through the political process. That's wrong and unfair.

Measure 46 will have unintended consequences. Stand for Children supports the goal of campaign finance reform, but the impact of this measure is too severe. We will continue to look for specific proposals we can endorse in the future, but do not feel comfortable amending the Constitution – especially its protection on free speech--without knowing exactly what the impact will be.

Measure 46 is paired with another bad idea – Measure 47. The combined effect of these measures would be to enable wealthy individuals to speak freely while severely limiting the political speech and participation of member-based groups like Stand for Children.

Measure 46 amends the Constitution.
Measure 46 limits your freedom of speech.
Measure 46 is the wrong solution.

Stand for Children asks you to join us
in voting NO on Measure 46.

(This information furnished by Holly Pruett, Stand for Children.)


Argument in Opposition

OREGON'S TEACHERS
ASK YOU TO REMEMBER:

Our freedoms cannot be taken away.
They can only be given away.

Every day, we teach children about the importance of our rights in a democracy. None are more important than our freedom of speech. Measure 46 eliminates all freedom of speech protections in the Oregon Constitution as they relate to political campaign expenditures and contributions.

Right now, our freedom of political speech protection under Oregon's Bill of Rights is actually stronger than the federal law. But this measure would effectively remove important freedom of speech protections from our state Constitution, leaving it to the legislature or ballot measures to determine what our freedom of speech means in Oregon.

If Measure 46 passes, the legislature could vote to ban all contributions for and against any ballot measure. Actually, if Measure 46 passes, the legislature could do anything it wanted to regulate campaign contributions and expenditures and, under the new law, none of the changes would be considered a violation of your right to free speech.

Oregon's Constitution was written to protect our free speech rights. Let's keep it that way.

KEEP FREE SPEECH PROTECTION
IN THE OREGON CONSTITUTION

Vote NO on Measure 46

(This information furnished by Larry Wolf, President, Oregon Education Association.)


Argument in Opposition

THE WORKING PEOPLE OF SEIU LOCAL 49 and SEIU 503, OPEU
Urge you to VOTE NO on Measure 46

Don't let one wealthy individual
take away your freedom of speech.

What is it with wealthy individuals who want to change our laws and amend our Constitution to suit their interests?

Two-thirds of the money behind Measure 46 has come from just one man, Harry Lonsdale. Mr. Lonsdale is a part-time Californian who joins Nevadan Loren Parks and New York Real Estate Developer Howard Rich as millionaires who want to use their checkbooks to experiment with Oregon law.

Measure 46 asks you to surrender your existing constitutional free speech protection under Oregon's Bill of Rights, and trust the legislature or future ballot measures to determine exactly what your political free speech will mean as it relates to political contributions and expenditures. That's asking for a lot of trust.

If we must amend the Constitution, we should be sure what we are doing, and what exactly the impact will be. Measure 46 goes too far, and can lead to too many unintended consequences. Don't give up your constitutional right to free speech.

Speak now, or forever lose your free speech.
Say NO to Measure 46.

(This information furnished by Megan Sweeney, SEIU Local 49 and SEIU Local 503, OPEU.)


Argument in Opposition

American Federation of Teachers-Oregon Urges
You to VOTE NO on Measure 46

Measure 46 is brought to you by one wealthy man
seeking to change Oregon's Constitution.

According to The Oregonian, two-thirds of the money behind Measure 46 comes from one wealthy individual, who funded this measure despite concerns expressed by many other campaign finance advocates and progressive organizations. Real campaign finance reform should come from all of us working together in the public interest, not one person with a big checkbook.

Oregon's Bill of Rights should not be weakened.

The freedom of political speech protection in Oregon's Constitution is actually stronger than the federal law. This measure would eliminate all freedom of speech protections in the Oregon Constitution as they relate to political campaign expenditures and contributions. This would leave only the U.S. Supreme Court to determine what political speech is protected for Oregonians.

Measure 46 goes too far

Supporters wrote Measure 46 to allow the otherwise unconstitutional provisions in Measure 47 to become law in Oregon. Measure 46 also opens the door for acts of the legislature or future ballot measures that would limit freedom of speech.

Keep Oregon's freedom of speech protection in the Constitution, away from extremists and out of the hands of the legislature.

American Federation of Teachers-Oregon Urges
You to VOTE NO on Measure 46

(This information furnished by Mark Schwebke, President, American Federation of Teachers-Oregon.)


Argument in Opposition

Basic Rights Oregon
Urges You to Vote NO On Measure 46

Measure 46 is a constitutional amendment that undermines our Bill of Rights.
Measure 46 eliminates all freedom of speech protections in the Oregon Constitution as they relate to political campaign expenditures and contributions. That goes too far in sacrificing our most cherished and basic right to political speech.

Voters have already spoken out loud and clear for free speech.
In the last ten years, there have been three separate attempts to amend the free speech clause in the Oregon Constitution, and voters have rejected all of these measures. We should do the same with Measure 46.

We can't afford the unintended consequences of Measure 46.
Amending the Constitution – especially our Bill of Rights – should be done with extreme care and with very specific intent. Instead, Measure 46 sponsors have written a sweeping amendment that takes free speech protection out of the Constitution and puts it into the hands of the legislature or future ballot measures, leaving far too much up to chance. Don't surrender your right to free political speech.

Don't put our basic rights at risk.
Vote NO on Measure 46.

(This information furnished by Frank Dixon, Basic Rights Oregon.)


Argument in Opposition

NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon
Urges you to VOTE NO on Measure 46

Too many of our freedoms are now being threatened.
Oregon's Freedom of Speech should not be.

Don't let George Bush's Supreme Court determine your right to free speech.
Right now, the free speech protection we have as Oregonians is stronger than under federal law. This proposed amendment would weaken our political free speech protection to the federal level. That means that if Measure 46 passes, George W. Bush's Supreme Court will be the only protection Oregonians have against attempts to take away our political freedom of speech.

Don't let the legislature or future ballot measures determine your right to free speech.
By weakening Oregon's Constitutional protections to political free speech, Measure 46 will leave it up to the legislature or future ballot measures to determine the degree to which our political speech (the most important kind of free speech) is protected in Oregon. This could change over time in unforeseen and unwelcome ways once the Constitutional protections we now depend upon are removed.

Don't let the unintended consequences of Measure 46 limit your right to free speech
Amending the Constitution is serious. Measure 46 eliminates ANY provision of the Constitution that conflicts with ANY future legislation or future ballot measure that seeks to regulate political campaign expenditures and contributions. That's a blank check we can't afford to write. No one knows how the Supreme Court will interpret its meaning, which sections of the existing Bill of Rights will be affected, or how this will impact other free speech protections over time. That's too big of a risk to take with our right to freedom of speech.

NARAL Pro-choice Oregon says:
Protect Our Voice
Vote NO on Measure 46

(This information furnished by Treasure Mackley, NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon.)


Argument in Opposition

How did Measure 46 and Measure 47 make it to the ballot?
With a little help from their friends

Measures 46 and 47 used the same paid circulators as Bill Sizemore, Don McIntire, Howard Rich and FreedomWorks.

You may be familiar with FreedomWorks – they are the national group funded by tobacco, oil, and other corporate money.

These groups gave Measures 46 and 47 their "stamp of approval." The signature gathering contracts explicitly named the measures as being approved to be on the clipboards with extreme right-wing measures funded by wealthy men.

Measures 46 and 47 got help from:

Measure 41 – Bill Sizemore's scheme that will cut nearly $800 million from Oregon's schools, health care, public safety and senior services. Measure 41 was funded almost entirely by one wealthy individual: Loren Parks of Nevada.

Measure 48 – The extreme constitutional amendment funded by wealthy New York developer Howard Rich as part of a national strategy to undermine progressive organizations and public services. Measure 48 got 85% of it's funding from Howard Rich.

Circulators were photographed buying and selling signatures on the streets.

All of these campaigns, including Measures 46 and 47, are under investigation for violating state election laws.

If Measures 46 and 47 are good for Howard Rich, FreedomWorks, Don McIntire and Bill Sizemore, they can't be good for Oregon progressives.

If Measures 46 and 47 needed fraud to make it to the ballot, they can't be good for Oregon.

We need real campaign finance reform
Not measures that will silence progressives in order to benefit wealthy individuals
Vote NO on Measures 46 and 47

www.ouroregon.org

(This information furnished by Christy B. Mason, Our Oregon.)


Argument in Opposition

The Oregon Family Council Urges Voters to Reject Measures 46 & 47
They May Be the Worst Idea Ever For Oregon Voters

Admittedly, most Oregonians have grown weary of negative campaign tactics. So measures promising "campaign finance reform" come as a welcome relief. But the remedies proposed in Ballot Measures 46 and 47 are far worse than the ailment.

Voters are the Big Losers
If passed, all public policy organizations—pro-family, conservative and liberal alike—would lose much of their ability to educate voters or support candidates. More importantly, voters would be far less educated about candidate philosophies and positions on issues at election time.

Measures 46 & 47 Impose Severe Limitations on All Public Policy Organizations

  • All public policy organizations would face dramatic limitations in publishing Voter's Guides and candidate position information.


  • All public policy organizations would face dramatic limitations in their ability to help candidates.


  • All public policy organizations would have severe limitations placed on their ability to receive contributions.


  • All public policy organizations would be severely limited in their ability to partner with other organizations.

(These limitations would be imposed on all public policy organizations, political parties, business groups and unions.)

Measures 46 & 47 Impose Severe Limitations on All Voters

  • Voters would be severely limited in supporting candidates, organizations or political parties.


  • Voters making even modest contributions to political causes would be assigned a tracking number and have their personal information broadcast online.


  • Candidates would be severely limited in their ability to contribute to their own campaign.


  • Candidates would be limited in paying off campaign debts and any campaign balance would go to the government.

Measures 46 & 47 are dangerous assaults on our citizenship rights to influence public policy, elect men and women of integrity and be informed on Election Day.

Please Vote NO on Measure 46 & Measure 47

(This information furnished by Michael P. White, Executive Director, Oregon Family Council.)


Argument in Opposition

Oregon Right to Life Urges a No Vote on Measure 46

At first glance, Measure 46 sounds good. However, in reality, it eliminates your freedom of political speech as protected by the Oregon Constitution.

Currently, you can let your voice be heard by supporting any political organization with your time and money. Measure 46 will change the Oregon Constitution and allow others to regulate how much you can contribute to your preferred candidates and political organizations.

In addition to limiting your freedom of speech, Measure 46 will cast a web of regulations that will ensnare organizations like Oregon Right to Life. The work we do is funded by thousands of Oregonians who make small donations because they believe in our organization. Measure 46 would limit prolife Oregonians' ability to use their dollars to speak through Oregon Right to Life.

Do not be taken in! Measure 46 takes the power away from you and gives it to the government and politicians. The text of this measure specifically says that it can be amended by politicians. This would make campaign finance laws subject to the whims of the politically powerful. Measure 46 also gives the courts further power to rule on the conduct and outcome of elections.

Measure 46 sounds good. But remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

PLEASE VOTE NO ON 46!

(This information furnished by Gayle Atteberry, Oregon Right to Life.)

 

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