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

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Ballot Measure 47 (2006) is an initiated state statute that 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.[1] This measure goes 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.

Official Ballot Title

Revises Campaign Finance Laws: Limits Or Prohibits Contributions And Expenditures; Adds Disclosure, New Reporting Requirements[2]


Francis G. Nelson, Peter Buckley, and Bryn Hazell


This measure appeared on the ballot at the 2006 General Election and passed. However, Measure 46, which sought to amend the constitution to allow such a statute failed.

The Secretary of State, in consultation with the Attorney General, determined that Ballot Measure 47 will be ineffective until the Oregon Constitution is found to allow, or is amended to allow, limitations on campaign contributions and expenditures.[3]





See blog entries for and against this measure at ORmeasures.org


  1. Taking the Initiative from The Portland Mercury
  2. Detailed information about this initiative from the Secretary of State
  3. Initiative and Referendum Process prepared by Margorie Taylor for the Legislative Committee Services
  4. Oregon Ballot Measure Blogs
  5. Oregon Ballot Measure Blogs

See also