Of the thousands of proposals Oregon lawmakers are considering this year, few have a mandate as clear as capping campaign contributions.
Voters overwhelmingly signaled their desire to crack down on Oregon’s limitless political money system in November, when they passed a constitutional amendment allowing donation limits of 78% to 22%. More more than 1.7 million people voted there, the highest number of votes in favor of a voting measure according to the secretary of state’s office.
Still, it’s far from clear that lawmakers will pass legislation to cap contributions during the five-month session that ends in June.
“You have to deal with 90 different members who have different opinions on how the system should be run,” said Rep. Dan Rayfield, D-Corvallis, who has been working on campaign finance reform for years and is one of the lawmakers involved in the effort this year.
Rayfield said in a …
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