Proponents of limits on money in politics file initiative to effect City of Portland elections
Willamette Week, Dec. 22, 2017
Voters Could See a 2018 Initiative to Limit Campaign Donations in Portland City Council Elections
Advocates have filed an initiative petition to impose limits on campaign contributions for candidates in Portland City Council elections.
The petition, filed Dec. 20 by Ron Buel and B. Elizabeth Trojan, needs 34,156 signatures by July 6 to successfully make it to the ballot in November 2018.
The proposal would limit individual contributions to $500 per candidate per year, and cap a person's aggregate donations at $5,000 each year
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Tobacco giant Altria is blowing money around Salem, including to Democratic gatekeeper The world's largest tobacco company, Altria, is opening its checkbook to be sure that its friends stay in line.
"The tobacco giant gave $33,500 to the House Republican caucus, $30,500 to the Senate Republican caucus, and—its largest contribution to any individual lawmaker—$5,000 to Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem), without whose approval nothing happens in Salem."
The Oregonian, August 16, 2017
Phil Knight contributes $500,000 to Republican gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler
"Republican gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler's campaign got a major boost this week, with a $500,000 contribution from Nike co-founder Phil Knight."
Willamette Week, November 10, 2016
What's an Open Oregon House Seat Worth? Try nearly $2 million. Candidates in House District 51 (Happy Valley) shatter previous spending record.
"...the candidates competing for an open Oregon House of Representatives seat in House District 51 (Happy Valley and Clackamas) appear to have set a new spending record for a legislative race.
"Democrat Janelle Bynum and Republican Lori Chavez-DeRemer have raised a combined $1.93 million."
Oregon Public Broadcasting, October 23, 2016
What's the Most Expensive Political Battle in Oregon? Measure 97
"The campaign for Measure 97 has received $10.8 million in contributions, while opponents have contributed $18.3 million, according to Secretary of State Jeanne P. Atkins’ office."
The Oregonian, September 16, 2016
Michael Bloomberg donates $250K to Kate Brown campaign
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has received a $250,000 campaign contribution from New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg.
The Register-Guard reports that Bloomberg's donation marks the largest single contribution she has received in recent years.
The World, May 15, 2017
Measure opponents exceed $1 million in combined donations and spending
"More than $1 million dollars has been donated or spent to crush a controversial ballot measure that targets the proposed Jordan Cove liquid natural gas export terminal and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline. The staggering amount has made the campaign the county’s most expensive in its history."
OPB News, April 21, 2017
Jordan Cove Donates Big to Squash Measure Opposing Oregon LNG Terminal
"Opponents to a proposed ballot measure that threatens the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline and Jordan Cove projects are funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars into Coos County to ensure that the ordinance fails at the polls next month."
See also: Oregon County Faces Gas Industry Funding, Lobbyists in Battle to Halt LNG Project
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