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.
The City adopted Code language to implement the law in January of 2019 and asked the Multnomah County Circuit Court to validate the provisions as legal under the Oregon Constitution. The following provisions were upheld by the Court and are effective 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.
Information on sections the Court has upheld as valid and a status update on legal proceedings (appeals and timelines) of the remaining portions can be found on this page.
If you have questions about implementation or believe there has been a violation of City campaign finance regulations, please email the Elections Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-823-3546.
Legal updates, court opinions, and City validation action
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Portland City Code Section 2.10.030