Oregon Ballot Measure 47, Revision of Campaign Finance Laws (2006)

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Oregon Ballot Measure 47 was on the November 7, 2006 ballot in Oregon as an initiated state statute. It was approved.

Measure 47 placed 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.[1] 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. Measure 46 was defeated.


In January 2012 the Oregon Supreme Court considered arguments related to Measure 47. The question asked 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.[2]

According to reports, there was no deadline for the justices to issue a decision. However, it was expected that a ruling may be made within six to nine months after hearing oral arguments.

The case is Hazell v. Brown.[3]

Election results

Measures 47
Approveda Yes 694,918 53.04%
Election results from Oregon Blue Book website, accessed December 13, 2013

Text of measure

Ballot title

The official ballot title of Measure 47 was:

Revises Campaign Finance Laws: Limits Or Prohibits Contributions And Expenditures; Adds Disclosure, New Reporting Requirements.[4][5]


The official ballot summary for Measure 47 was:

Current law requires reporting of certain contributions and expenditures, but does not limit contributors, contributions to, or expenditures for public office candidates. Measure limits individual contributions to candidates, political committees, "small donor committees," political parties, with annual cap for all contributions; limits political committee, political party contributions to candidates and each other; allows unlimited contributions by "small donor committees" (accepting only individual contributions not exceeding $50 annually). Prohibits corporate, union, organizational contributions and expenditures except through political committees funded solely by individuals. Prohibits candidate loans. Limits: candidate's spending to own candidacy; "independent expenditures" (defined) by individuals, political entities, organizations. Establishes: new disclosure, reporting requirements; procedure for increasing measure's limits to comply with state and federal constitutions. Unspent candidate funds revert to state. Other provisions.[6]Oregon Secretary of State, Measure 47 voter guide: ballot text, accessed December 13, 2013</ref>[5]

Financial Impact Statement

The financial impact statement provided by the Secretary of State was:

The measure will require $1,012,020 in state expenditures in the first year, and less than $100,000 of state expenditures each year thereafter.

This measure has no financial effect on state government revenues.

This measure has no direct financial effect on local government revenue or expenditures.[6][5]

Full text

The full text of the legislation enacted by Measure 47 is available here.

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The official proponents of Ballot Measure 47 were:

  • Francis G. Nelson
  • Peter Buckley
  • Bryn Hazell

Other supporters included:


No spending/donations were reported on behalf of Ballot Measure 47.



Opponents included:


$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:

Donor Amount
Oregon City Federation of Teachers $360,000
Oregon School Employees Association $275,840
SEIU Local 503 $100,167
Northwest Grocery Association $80,000
Winthrop McCormack $75,000
Our Oregon $50,116
Oregon Restaurant Association $50,000

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