Oregon Ballot Measure 47, Revision of Campaign Finance Laws (2006)
Measure 47 places strict caps on how much individuals can spend on candidates ($500 for statewide office, $100 for other public offices) and bans contributions from corporations and unions entirely. Measure 47 went hand-in-hand with 2006's Measure 46 that sought to amend the free speech areas of the Oregon Constitution that allow unlimited contributions from any individual or organization.
In January 2012 the Oregon Supreme Court considered arguments related to Measure 47. The question asks whether the state should enforce regulations set by Measure 47 despite the fact that the companion amendment (Measure 46) was defeated by voters in 2006. The companion amendment would have amended the Oregon Constitution to allow laws limiting or prohibiting election contributions and expenditures, if any such laws were to be adopted by the state's initiative process or by a 3/4 supermajority vote of both houses of the Oregon State Legislature.
According to reports, there is no deadline for the justices to issue a decision. However, it is expected that a ruling may be made within six to nine months after hearing oral arguments.
The case is Hazell v. Brown.
Revises Campaign Finance Laws: Limits Or Prohibits Contributions And Expenditures; Adds Disclosure, New Reporting Requirements.
The official proponents of Ballot Measure 47 were:
- Francis G. Nelson
- Peter Buckley
- Bryn Hazell
No spending/donations were reported on behalf of Ballot Measure 47.
$1,540,180 was donated to the campaign in favor of a "no" vote on Ballot Measure 47 through nine different campaign committees. The same nine committees filed in opposition to Measure 46.
Donors of $50,000 and over were:
|Oregon City Federation of Teachers||$360,000|
|Oregon School Employees Association||$275,840|
|SEIU Local 503||$100,167|
|Northwest Grocery Association||$80,000|
|Oregon Restaurant Association||$50,000|
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- Taking the Initiative from The Portland Mercury
- Statesman Journal,"Ore. Supreme Court considers Measure 47 campaign-finance regulations," January 9, 2012
- Blue Oregon,"Oregon Supreme Court considers arguments in campaign finance reform case ," January 10, 2012
- Detailed information about this initiative from the Secretary of State
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