Supporters of the two measures filed over 280,000 signatures on Initiative Petitions 8 and 37. "These signatures have been gathered with an enormous effort that has included over 650 volunteer circulators and over 1,200 individual contributors," said David Delk, a chief petitioner on Petition 8. |
"Oregon politics is completely dominated by big money. These measures will get big money out of Oregon politics," added Harry Lonsdale, a supporter or both initiatives.
Much additional information about the measures is at
Fair Elections Oregon
Here is a summary of both measures:
Here is our latest informative flyer:
Here is the text of Initiative Petition 8:
Text, Petition 8
It appears that this will be numbered Measure 46.
Here is the text of Initiative Petition 37:
Text, Petition 37
It appears that this will be numbered Measure 47.
Petition 8 is a constitutional amendment that allows limits on campaign contributions in Oregon. We need this, because the Oregon Supreme Court in 1997 ruled that the Oregon Constitution now does not allow any limits on political contributions in any race for state or local public office.
Petition 37 is a statute that would enact a comprehensive system of campaign finance reform for candidate elections, including a ban on corporate contributions and limits on individual contributions to $500 in any statewide race and $100 in any non-statewide race. It allows unlimited contributions by Small Donor Committees that combine donations from individuals of $50 or less per year.
Our endorsers include the Sierra Club of Oregon, Alliance for Democracy, OSPIRG, Pacific Green Party, Clackamas County Democratic Party, Health Care for All Oregon, Oregon Gray Panthers, and many others.