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The City of Portland, Oregon

Auditor Mary Hull Caballero

Promoting open and accountable government

Campaign Finance in Candidate Elections

On November 6, 2018, voters amended the City of Portland Charter relating to the election of City of Portland candidates (Mayor, Commissioners, Auditor) by requiring contribution and expenditure limits in campaigns as well as requiring: disclosures on certain campaign communications, additional registration of expenditures with the Secretary of State, and employee political deductions via payroll. 

UPDATE ON LEGAL STATUS: Portions of the Charter Change currently valid and enforceable by the Auditor's Office due to recent legal proceedings are as follows: 

As of April 29, 2020:  Portland City Code Section 2.10.010 and City Charter Section 3-301, Contributions in City of Portland Candidate Elections. The Auditor's Office will enforce contribution limits as outlined in these regulations beginning Monday, May 4, 2020 in order to give campaigns and individuals time to comply. 

Contribution limits will not be enforced retroactively. 

As of September 1, 2019:

  • Independent Expenditure registration (via OR Secretary of State campaign finance database): City Charter Sections 3-302(b) and Portland City Code Sections 2.10.020(B).

  • Employee Political Committee donations through payroll deduction (for all Portland employers): City Charter Sections 3-301(c) and Portland City Code Sections 2.10.010(C).

  • Timely, detailed disclosures for City candidate campaign communications; includes website, print, radio, streaming, billboard, and video communications (for Political Committees, Independent Spenders, entities, individuals, candidates, and their campaigns): City Charter Sections 3-303 and Portland City Code Sections 2.10.030. 

Based on recent legal proceedings, the remaining portions of the Charter Change are invalid and not enforceable by the Auditor's Office.

Relevant legal documents: 

Multnomah County Circuit Court Order

Oregon Supreme Court Opinion (City not a party to case)

Oregon Court of Appeals Order 


If you have questions about implementation or believe there has been a violation of City campaign finance regulations, please email the Elections Office at elections@portlandoregon.gov or call 503-823-3546. 


Campaign Finance Regulations Complaint Form

Use this form to submit campaign finance regulations complaints (Note: Form features work best in Microsoft Edge)

Complaints

Complaints and determinations regarding compliance with City Campaign Regulations (City Code 2.10 & City Charter Chapter 3, Article 3)

Campaign Finance Adminsitrative Rules

ARA 13.01 Disclosure requirements and ARA 13.02 Complaint process

Status of Campaign Finance Charter Amendment

Legal updates, court opinions, and City validation action

Guidance: Timely Disclosures in Candidate Campaigns

Guidance for candidate and campaigns

City Code Section Requiring Campaign Disclosure

Portland City Code Section 2.10.030