Oregon Ballot Measure 59
was on the November 3, 1998 general election ballot
as an initiated constitutional amendment
, where it was defeated.
| Measure 59|
|Yes|| 539,757|| 49%|
Had the measure passed, it would have prohibited using public resources to collect or help collect funds for political use.
The explanatory statement that appeared on the ballot read as follows:
This measure adds a new section to the Oregon Constitution that prohibits any person or organization from using public resources to collect or help collect political funds. Public resources that cannot be used to collect political funds include public moneys, public employee time, public property and public equipment and supplies. Political funds include any money contributed to candidates or political committees and any money spent supporting or opposing a candidate, ballot measure or initiative petition. A public body is prohibited from using its resources to collect political funds even if it is reimbursed for the cost.
- Amends Constitution: Prohibits Using Public Resources To Collect Money For Political Purposes
Supporters and opponents
Measure 59 was supported by Bill Sizemore and Oregon Taxpayers United.
It was opposed by, among others, the League of Women Voters of Oregon, Oregon AFSCME, Council 75, Oregon Public Employees Union/SEIU and the Oregon Education Association.