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Commission Releases Biennial Report on Campaign Finance Fund 4/23/2009

The Citizen Campaign Commission has released their second biennial report to the City Council and citizens of Portland . The report acknowledges the relatively smooth election of the City's first publicly funded City Commissioner for an open seat and recommends further improvements to Portland's public campaign financing program.

The City Council created the Campaign Finance Fund by ordinance in May 2005, to provide the option of public financing for the election of city officials.  As a result, Portland was the first city in the United States to offer fully-funded public campaign financing. 

The ordinance also established a seven-member volunteer Citizen Campaign Commission to provide assistance and advice to the City Council and Auditor on policy changes, administrative judgments, and operation of the Campaign Finance Fund.

"The Commission gave the Campaign Finance Fund a comprehensive and detailed review based on the 2008 election cycle.  The Campaign Finance Fund accomplished many of Council's goals in the 2008 elections, and the Commission is providing strategies for the system to continue to reach towards these goals."

Commission Members:

Dylan Amo, Commissioner
Pete Forsyth, Secretary
Leslie Hildula, Chair
Andy Linehan, Commissioner
Kathy McLaughlin, Vice-Chair
Len Norwitz, Commissioner