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Measure 47

Explanatory Statement

Ballot Measure 47 limits or prohibits certain political campaign contributions and expenditures.

The measure applies to all elections for state and local offices but not to ballot measures or candidates for federal offices.

Under this measure:

Corporations and labor unions may not contribute to candidates, political committees or political parties.

Limits on contributions to candidates apply separately to primary and general elections. An individual may not contribute more than $500 per election regarding candidates for any particular statewide office or more than $100 per election regarding candidates for any non-statewide office.

Per year, an individual may not contribute more than $50 to any single small donor committee, more than $500 to any other single political committee, more than $2,000 in aggregate to a political party, or more than $2,500 in aggregate contributions.

A political committee may not contribute more than $2,000 per election regarding candidates for any particular statewide office or more than $400 per election regarding candidates for any non-statewide office. During a calendar year, a political committee may not contribute an aggregate amount exceeding $2,000 to a political party.

A small donor committee accepting only contributions of $50 or less per individual per year may contribute any amount to candidates, political committees and political parties.

A political party finance committee may not contribute more than $50,000 per election regarding candidates for any particular statewide office or more than $10,000 per election regarding candidates for any particular non-statewide office. A political party may have unlimited finance committees.

A candidate may not contribute to the candidate's own campaign more than $50,000 per election for statewide office or $10,000 per election for other office. The candidate may contribute 50% more if the candidate is not the incumbent. A candidate who contributes more than $5,000 to the candidate's own campaign must report all subsequent candidate contributions within three business days and disclose in every paid communication the amount the candidate contributed.

A candidate may not make loans to the candidate's own campaign.

A corporation, labor union or other entity may not make independent expenditures supporting or opposing a candidate or political party.

An individual may not make independent expenditures exceeding $10,000 per calendar year.

Advertisements funded by independent expenditures must disclose the names and businesses of persons who contributed $1000 or more toward the expenditure.

Persons whose independent expenditures exceed $200 per year must report the expenditures.

A corporation or labor union may establish a political committee consisting only of contributions from individuals.

An individual whose contributions exceed $500 per year must obtain a unique identifier from the Secretary of State and list it with subsequent contributions. The Secretary of State must report these individuals' campaign contributions on the Internet, which committees and candidates must monitor to avoid penalties.

Some unobligated funds of candidate committees may forfeit to the State of Oregon, after each election cycle.

Courts are directed to modify limits if necessary to comply with federal or state Constitutions.

Civil fines and citizen actions to enforce the measure are provided.

Committee Members: / Appointed by:
Bryn Hazell / Chief Petitioners
Dan Meek / Chief Petitioners
Tina Calos / Secretary of State
Duke Shepard / Secretary of State
Fred Neal / Secretary of State

(This committee was appointed to provide an impartial explanation of the ballot measure pursuant to ORS 251.215.)

 

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