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Measure 47

Argument in Favor

VOTE "YES" ON MEASURES 46 AND 47
TO TAKE A STAND AGAINST THE POWER OF SPECIAL INTERESTS
IN OREGON GOVERNMENT.

We have a crisis of corruption in our government marked by scandal after scandal and criminal investigations of politicians. It is time for us to clean up this corruption and make politicians accountable to voters instead of big money campaign contributors.

THE PROBLEM

Right now, special interests like electric utilities, the drug giants, the insurance industry, and tobacco companies get their way in Salem by "donating" millions to elect politicians who will owe them favors. Lobbyists and special interests use campaign contributions to pass their pork barrel projects and create tax loopholes – costing us billions of dollars each year.

THE SOLUTION: MEASURES 46 AND 47

Your "YES" vote will level the playing field and make our elections more fair and competitive – so that candidates with the best ideas and best record of public service have a chance to win, even if they are not rich or well connected to wealthy special interest groups and lobbyists. It will ban contributions to candidates by corporations and labor unions and limit contributions by individuals to $500 in any statewide race.

It will ban "independent expenditures" by corporations and unions, and limit individual "independent expenditures" to as low as the U.S. Constitution will allow ($10,000 per year, total).

WHEN YOU HEAR THE ARGUMENTS AGAINST THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM MEASURES, REMEMBER:

  • Opposition is being funded by the corporations and unions that like the present system of unlimited political spending in Oregon, one of 5 states with no limits


  • Our measures were drafted and reviewed by experts in constitutional and election law and put on the ballot and backed by Democrats, Republicans, Greens, and independent voters.


  • The opponents are making false claims, because they want to keep political power for themselves rather than having fair elections that make politicians accountable to the voters.

FairElections Oregon
www.fairelections.net
(800) 939-8011

(This information furnished by Dan Meek, Harry Lonsdale, Bryn Hazell, Lloyd K. Marbet; FairElections Oregon.)


Argument in Favor

Would you like your legislator or county commissioner to care about what YOU have to say?

Would you like your elected officials to work on YOUR behalf, rather than on behalf of the special interests who "donate" enormous amounts of money to the campaigns of politicians running for office?

Would you like to create more power and influence for the people of Oregon and reduce the power of corporations, wealthy individuals and special interest organizations?

My answer to those questions is YES!

ONE MORE QUESTION: Why do corporations INVEST millions of dollars in Oregon candidate races every year? Because their investment pays off in government decisions and legislation that cost the taxpayers and citizens of Oregon but give the corporations huge benefits.

Please join me in voting YES ON 46 AND 47, AND LET'S GET THE CORRUPTING INFLUENCE OF BIG MONEY OUT OF OREGON CANDIDATE ELECTIONS!

(This information furnished by Bryn Hazell.)


Argument in Favor

End Mad Cash Disease
Vote YES on 46 and 47!

Oregon has no restrictions on contributions to candidates.
Corporations, not people, mainly fund candidates.
Running for office is too expensive for the ordinary citizen.
Our elections suffer from Mad Cash Disease!

Measure 47 limits contributions & independent expenditures. The measure:

  • Applies to all donors, whether they live in Oregon or outside Oregon.
  • Applies to all candidates running in Oregon.


  • Bans ALL contributions from corporations and unions.
  • Limits contributions from individual people.
  • Limits independent expenditures made on behalf of a candidate.


  • Requires that ads paid for with independent expenditures list the names of the top five donors.


  • Permits the creation of Small Donor Committees (SDCs) allowing unions and citizen groups to fund candidates.

Small Donor Committees

Any group or union can form a SDC, which may contribute to candidates or use independent expenditures to advocate for or against candidates.

A SDC may not donate or spend more than $50 per member.

A corporation cannot create a SDC, but its management can. However, they can only form one SDC, not one for each corporate subsidiary. SDC funds must come from voluntary contributions not exceeding $50 per member. Corporate SDCs cannot use existing corporate funds for donations or expenditures.

A union may create a SDC for each of its separate decision-making bodies. Unions may use up to $50 per union member from already existing funds. Union members wouldn't be required to donate any additional funds.

Historically corporations have outspent unions five to one.
The ratio is even worse for environmental and other citizen groups.

Such groups will never, ever be able to raise the amount of money that corporations can.

Banning corporate contributions and using SDCs gives these groups a chance for real participation in the process of electing our representatives.

Let's activate a grassroots political process! Vote YES on 47!

David Delk, Joan Horton 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
CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM IS GOOD FOR OREGON!

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. JOIN US IN VOTING YES ON MEASURES 46 & 47!

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

WHO IS BEHIND THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM MEASURES?

MEASURES 46 AND 47

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 benefitted 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.)

THESE OREGON GROUPS SUPPORT MEASURES 46 AND 47:

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

MEASURE 47 LIMITS AND REVEALS
"INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURES"
BY SHADOWY GROUPS RUNNING SMEAR CAMPAIGNS

Stop the Negative Attack Ads That Never Identify Their Funders,
Like Out-of-State Corporate Executives and Gambling Interests

Some corporations, unions, and even individuals funnel their money into "independent expenditure" campaigns, usually attacking opponents of the candidates they like.

These negative ads are very effective, because they smear the opponent but let the candidate himself stay "above the fray" and deny any connection to the attack ads.

In Oregon's 2006 primary, Nevada businessman Loren Parks contributed $713,000 to the Kevin Mannix campaign for Governor. He also spent $170,000 of "independent expenditures" to attack the other major Republican candidate, Ron Saxton. But Saxton was helped by the $820,000 "independent expenditure" negative campaign, funded by the gambling operations of the Grand Ronde Tribes, against Mannix and against Ted Kulongoski (because they do not oppose a new casino closer to Portland than the Tribe's casino).

None of these attack ads identified who was paying for them.

Measure 47 bans all "independent expenditures" by corporations, unions, and other entities and limits individuals to "independent expenditures" of $10,000 per year, total, on all races for state or local public office in Oregon. It also requires:

  1. Every advertisement (TV, radio, newspaper, billboard, postcard, etc.) funded by "independent expenditures" must prominently disclose the top 5 contributors to the campaign, their businesses, and the amounts contributed; and


  2. Anyone making independent expenditures over $200 must publicly report the expenditures in the same manner and schedule as required for a registered political committee in Oregon.


  3. All campaign finance information will be almost immediately available on the internet.

Voters should know who is funding the attack ads and how much they are spending.

Join the Rural Organizing Project, Oregon Gray Panthers, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Health Care for All Oregon, State Senator Charlie Ringo, First Unitarian Church Economic Justice Action Group, and others to:

Vote YES on Measure 47

(This information furnished by Ruth Duemler, Universal Healthcare for Oregon; Andrew Kaza.)


Argument in Favor

VOTE YES ON MEASURES 46 & 47!

The FACTS on CAMPAIGN CASH

  • 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

www.fairelections.net

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


Argument in Favor

WE PASSED CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM IN 1994

NOW LET'S MAKE IT STICK!

YES on 46 and 47

Oregonians in 1994 adopted a statewide initiative for strict limits on political campaign contributions, by a YES vote of over 72%. But the Oregon Supreme Court in 1997 struck down that statute, deciding that the existing Oregon Constitution does not allow any limits on political spending.

Now we can pass Measures 46 and 47 and make it stick!

Measure 46 is a one-sentence amendment to the Oregon Constitution to allow limits on political contributions and spending. Measure 47 then provides a comprehensive system of campaign finance reform for all state and local public offices in Oregon and restores the limits we passed in 1994.

Measure 47 bans all corporations, labor unions, and other entities from making contributions in candidate campaigns for state or local offices. It allows any individual (qualified United States voter only) to contribute up to $2,500 per year to any combination of the following:

  • "Candidate Committees":


  • $500 in any statewide primary or general election race (governor, attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer, labor commissioner, superintendent of education, Oregon Supreme Court justice, or appeals court judge);


  • $100 in any non-statewide primary or general election race (state legislature, county commission, city council, etc.);


  • "Small Donor Committees" each receiving $50 or less from the person, per year;


  • "Political Committees" each receiving $500 or less from the person, per year; and


  • $2,000 to any political party, per year.

Political committees can use these funds to support or oppose candidates but may not directly contribute more than $2,000 to a statewide candidate or $400 to a non-statewide candidate. Small Donor Committees and political parties can use funds contributed within these strict limits to support or oppose candidates.

Measure 47 says that candidates should not receive big money from corporations and wealthy individuals but instead should seek smaller contributions from a broader base of supporters.

(This information furnished by Laura Etherton, Oregon State Public Interest Research Group; Eulia Quan Mishima, FairElections Oregon.)


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, Shaun Cook, Loring Harkness.)


Argument in Favor

We Oregonians have gotten together to express our enthusiastic support for:

MEASURES 46 AND 47:

OREGON'S CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM INITIATIVES

Charlie Ringo, Oregon State Senator
Ronald A. Buel
Kenneth Lewis
Joan Horton, Co-Chair, Alliance for Democracy, Portland
Teresa Keane
Courtney Scott, Pacific Green Party
Andrew Kaza
FairElections Oregon
Edwin B. Parker
Ruth C. Duemler
Andrew Harris, MD
Oren Glick
Barbara Kemper
Paul & Lee Dayfield
Tomm H. Pickles
Brian C. Setzler, CPA
Seth E. Purdy
Kellee Purdy
Robert A. Steinegger
Lloyd K. Marbet
Dolores Hurtado
Gisela S. Ray
Don Baham
Michael Wilson

By the way, if you see Measure 46 in this Voters' Pamphlet, it means that the Oregon Supreme Court has ruled that it is a valid amendment to the Oregon Constitution.

(This information furnished by Dan Meek.)


Argument in Favor

OREGON WORKERS ARE VICTIMS OF
SPECIAL INTEREST CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS

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.)


Argument in Favor

DECLARE YOUR INDEPENDENCE
FROM BIG MONEY PARTISAN POLITICS

STEP ONE: VOTE YES ON MEASURES 46 AND 47.

MONEY TALKS. BIG MONEY TALKS SO LOUDLY THAT IT SHOUTS DOWN YOUR VOICE. CORPORATE LOBBYISTS HAVE "PERSUADED" YOUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES TO INCREASE TAX BURDENS ON YOU--WORKING PEOPLE AND FAMILIES--WHILE CORPORATE TAXES HAVE GONE WAY DOWN.

Partisan Gridlock in Salem means we can't get campaign finance reform, affordable health care, common sense solutions for the common good. The current two-party system is neither representative nor democratic. Special interests and the politicians in power want to keep it that way.

THE FACTS: Measure 46 is a one-sentence amendment to the Oregon Constitution that allows limits on political spending. The legislature cannot overcome the will of the people by a mere majority vote. This make sense. It's the kind of common sense solution that independent-minded Oregonians want.

Measure 47 is a statute. It bans special interests from bankrolling state and local candidates. Individual donations are capped at $2500. Similar laws and even lower limits are in place in many states. That's fair. That's why special interests, politicians, and some secretive "groups" which do not disclose their membership or sponsors, are opposed to it.

STEP TWO: AN INDEPENDENT PARTY FOR OREGON.

Are you tired of partisan bickering in Salem?

Fed up with political deals instead of leadership?

Insulted by expensive media campaigns fueled by big money/out of state money?

One of the growing number of Oregon voters who says "Unaffiliated" when asked to register for a political party?

YES? THEN YOU'RE AN INDEPENDENT OREGONIAN!

Help form an Independent Party for Oregon. Not run by big bucks from the left or right, but voter owned and operated by the rest of us.

Independent Oregon
www.Indparty.com

(This information furnished by Linda Williams, Independent Oregon.)


Argument in Favor

* Vote * YES * On * 46 * & * 47 *

JUST DO IT!

"One of the most consistent reactions in politics is the unholy uproar that follows whenever you try to take away special privileges. Makes no difference how obvious the unfairness is, those who have been favored over others by the system invariably feel entitled to that favoritism. It is theirs by right, by heritage, tradition, and divine providence, and if you try to take it away, you are in for the fight of your life. The under privileged in this country can still raise a fair political stink on occasion, but it is nothing compared with the titanic stench that erupts when the over privileged are invited onto a level playing field." – Molly Ivins, in Shrub, The Short but Happy Political Life of George W. Bush, 10/2000

We are confronted with great challenges affecting the viability of our communities and the well being of the environment and its life support systems. To effectively address the changes that need to be made we must end the corruption of our political system.

Vote YES ON 46 & 47

You can stop the corrupting influence of big money in our election process. The evidence in support of doing this is so overwhelming that it is hard to believe we have allowed ourselves to be bombarded by its public display. Like the Emperor with no clothes, corruption parades before us, compromising our government and threatening the very fabric of life. Even more tragic, in passively accepting this reality, we become accomplices in perpetuating its injustice.

YOU CAN END LEGALIZED BRIBERY

You don't have to wait for the Legislature to do it!

Remember how they got elected!

Join Tim Hermach and Lloyd K. Marbet and the League Of Uncompromising Voters

Vote YES on 46 & 47

"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."
– Johan W. von Goethe, 1749-1832

www.luvote.org

(This information furnished by Tim Hermach, Lloyd K. Marbet; League Of Uncompromising Voters (LOUV).)


Argument in Favor

Join the League Of Uncompromising Voters

Vote YES on Measures 46 and 47

Now for the Joke:

Once upon a time, God was missing for six days. Eventually, Michael the archangel, found him, resting. "Where have you been?"

God sighed a deep sigh of satisfaction and proudly pointed downwards through the clouds, "Look, Michael. Look what I've made."

Archangel Michael looked puzzled and said, "What is it?" "It's a planet," replied God, "and I've put Life on it. I'm going to call it Earth and it's going to be a great place of balance."

"Balance?" inquired Michael, still confused.

God explained, pointing to different parts of earth.

"For example, northern Europe will be a place of great opportunity and wealth while southern Europe is going to be poor.

"Over there I've placed a continent of white people and over there is a continent of black people," God continued, pointing to different countries.

"This one will be extremely hot while this one will be very cold and covered in ice."

The Archangel, impressed by God's work, then pointed to a land mass and said, "What's that one?"

"Ah," said God. "That's Oregon, the most glorious place on earth. There are beautiful beaches, deserts, streams, hills, and forests. The people from Oregon are going to be handsome, modest, intelligent and humorous and they are going to be found traveling the world. They will be extremely sociable, hardworking and high achieving, and they will be known throughout the world as diplomats and carriers of peace."

Michael gasped in wonder and admiration but then proclaimed, "What about balance, God? You said there would be balance!!!"

God smiled, "Wait until you see the legislators that I put in Salem, unless the people of Oregon have the wisdom and moral integrity to pass Measures 46 and 47."

Escape the Wrath of God....Vote YES on 46 and 47!

www.luvote.org

(This information furnished by Tim Hermach, Lloyd K. Marbet; League Of Uncompromising Voters (LOUV).)

 

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