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Oregon Partial Public Funding of Campaigns, Measure 7 (1976)

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The Oregon Partial Public Funding of Campaigns Act, also known as Measure 7, was on the November 2, 1976 ballot in Oregon as a legislatively-referred state statute, where it was defeated. The measure would have provided public funding for communications expenditures in general elections and sourced such funds from a voluntary checkoff on state income tax returns. Specifically, $90,000 could have been allocated to state officers elected at large, $4,900 for state senators and $2,450 for state representatives.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 7 (1976)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No659,32771.43%
Yes 263,738 28.57%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

7. PARTIAL PUBLIC FUNDING OF ELECTION CAMPAIGNS
Purpose: Provides public funding for communications expenditures in general election campaigns, up to $90,000 for state offices elected in the state at large, $4,900 for State Senator and $2,450 for State Representatives. Eligibility based on minimum expenditure from private contributions and minimum percentage of total vote received. Source of funds is voluntary $1.50 checkoff on state income tax return; funding reduced proportionately for all candidates if insufficient for full amount.

ESTIMATE OF FINANCIAL EFFECTS: The passage of ballot measure #7 will result in transfers within the General Fund to the Fair Election Fund of an estimated $425,000 annually and would incur administrative expenses of an estimated $75,000 annually.

YES □

NO □ [2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Oregon State Library, "State of Oregon Official Voters' Pamphlet," accessed December 2, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.