The National Institute on Money in State Politics and the Center for Public Integrity gave Oregon a perfect score
SALEM — Secretary of State Kate Brown today announced that Oregon received an “A” in a national scorecard of state campaign finance disclosure requirements for independent expenditure groups.
“I’m proud that Oregon continues to lead the nation in campaign finance transparency,” said Secretary Brown. “At the same time, we need to take additional action to bring special interest groups and their anonymous, last-minute attack ads out of the shadows.”
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The National Institute on Money in State Politics and the Center For Public Integrity co-released a new report and scorecard Thursday on the status of independent spending reporting requirements in the 50 states. Oregon was one of just 9 states to receive a perfect score.
Secretary Brown urged the Legislature to further improve campaign finance transparency in Oregon by enacting House Bill 3523, co-sponsored by Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer, D-Portland, Rep. Greg Matthews, D-Gresham, Rep. Julie Parrish, R-West Linn, and Rep. Bob Jenson, R-Pendleton. HB 3523 would require all contributions over $1,000 to be reported within 48 hours in the 14 days prior to the election; require independent expenditure campaigns to file electronic campaign finance reports in Oregon’s online campaign finance reporting database; and improve reporting of in-kind contributions.
“The U.S. Supreme Court unleashed unlimited independent expenditure campaigns when it overturned the bi-partisan campaign finance law passed by Congress,” said Rep. Keny-Guyer. “HB 3523 includes an important fix that will shed more sunlight on independent expenditures. Giving Oregonians greater access to see the money being spent in their elections will keep the public policy process public.”
“It’s great to be recognized for our efforts and we’re committed to seeking improvements in the area surrounding campaign finance reform,” said. Rep. Matthews.
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