Kate Brown ignored voters on campaign finance reform

Knute Buehler Statement on Measure 47 Court Decision

Knute Buehler, Republican Party and Independent Party nominee for Secretary of State, issued the following statement about the Oregon Supreme Court decision about Measure 47 in Hazel v. Brown:

“I was disappointed in the court’s decision to strike down Measure 47, which was voted into law in 2006 by Oregon voters. The people of Oregon should be disappointed that Kate Brown chose to go against the will of the voters and fight this law in court rather than work for the amendments necessary to enforce their will.  She has once again shown that she does not support meaningful campaign finance reform and has again failed to show the leadership necessary to be Oregon’s second highest elected official.

As Secretary of State, I’ll be an independent leader and work to pass meaningful campaign finance reform, including establishing a framework for voluntary spending limits, increased transparency of those giving to Political Action Committees, and making candidates list their 5 largest donors on all television and print advertising.”

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  • Dan Meek

    The informative press release of the Plaintiffs is here: http://hosted.comm100.com/Newsletter/Newsletter_EmailWebVersion.aspx?key=gjSQC%2B%2FdzsbqGqjVNl2IJwpWTckLFwD%2Bysu9t9Ap5MQ%3D&siteId=39365

    It states, in part:

    Plaintiffs’ positions in Hazell v. Brown are noted in the memorandum of one of their attorneys, Daniel Meek, available at http://fairelections.net/court/M47/Appeals/m47case.pdf.

    In November 2006, the voters of Oregon enacted Measure 47, which established the nation’s most strict system of limits on political campaign contributions and expenditures. It also requires every political advertisement funded by “independent expenditures” to fully disclose the names, businesses, and amount contributed by each of its 5 largest donors, right in the ad itself.

    The people were forced to act, because the Oregon Legislatur
    e has never enacted limits on political contributions.

    This Oregon Supreme Court decision leaves Oregon without operative limits on political campaign contributions in all state and local candidate races. Only 3 other states have no contribution limits: Missouri, Virginia, and Utah. Oregon voters have enacted contribution limits 4 times (1908, twice in 1994, and in 2006), yet none of those limits has been enforced since 1973.

    The result is that campaign spending in Oregon will continue to skyrocket. Total spending on campaigns for state and local offices in Oregon increased from $4.2 million in 1996 to $57 million in 2010. Candidates for Governor in 2010 alone raised and spent over $20 million. Winning a contested race for the Oregon Legislature now typically costs over $600,000, sometimes as much as $1 million.

    The Oregonian (April 6, 2010) reported that spending on state legislative races in Oregon is higher per capita than in any other state, except New Jersey.

    It also leaves Oregon with no requirements that political ads identify their funders. Section (6)(g) of Measure 47 provided that every campaign advertisement funded by “independent expenditures” in excess of $2,000 must prominently disclose the top 5 contributors to the “independent” campaign, the businesses they are engaged in, and the amounts contributed by each of them–all in the advertisement itself. This is the most stringent law regarding disclosure of funders of independent expenditure ads, but now it will not be enforced.

    Prior to its repeal by the Oregon Legislature in 2001, Oregon had a statute, ORS 260.522, that required every campaign ad to state “the person responsible for the publication.” The Oregon Legislature repealed this statute by votes of 28-0 in the Senate and 52-3 in the House.

  • conservatively speaking

    Worse than Kate Brown’s performance as Oregon’s second highest elected official is Governor John Kitzhaber’s third opportunity to rise to the statesman stature of Tom McCall. His latest bad call is Rudy $300k Crew.“`
    Roberts/Keisling/Bradbury/BROWN should begone.“`Roberts/Kitzhaber/Kulongosi/KITZHABER – please, NO MORE!“`

    Oregon, Land of the empire builders, can do well without more DNC shill-PERS!

    Support Knute Buehler for Secretary of State, Nov 6.

  • Just Wondering

    Does anyone really support Knute’s proposal to restrict campaign expenditures and promotedisclosure? Seems like visitors here should be applauding Brown, Bradburry, Kroger and Rosenblum for standing up for free speech. Knute’s position is definitley anti libertarian, anti mainstream Republican.

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