League Submits Brief to Supreme Court

Support for Limiting MoNey in Politics

The League of Women Voters of Oregon and the League of Women Voters of Portland have submitted a Friend of the Court Brief (Amicus Brief) to the Oregon Supreme Court. We are supporting the right of voters to limit campaign contributions in Multnomah County elections. In 2016, Multnomah County voters passed Ballot Measure 26-184 with 89% yes votes! It was an outstanding victory for reforming money in politics. If enacted, the measure would limit campaign contributions to $500 or less per person for each candidate. It would not allow contributions to candidates from corporations. It also would require that candidates disclose their five largest donors in campaign ads.

The League strongly believes in reducing the influence of money in politics. So we support Multnomah County in arguing that the measure  should take effect. You can read our Brief here: S066445_amicus_brief_lwvor

The Case

The case before the Oregon Supreme Court is about the constitutionality of campaign contribution limits in Oregon.

Opponents of the measure argue that limiting campaign contributions violates the free speech clause in Oregon’s Constitution. However, 45 other states have limits on contributions to candidates and 37 of them have free speech clauses in their constitutions. There is persuasive evidence that large donations give donors more access to lawmakers and more influence over the laws that are passed or defeated. In addition, Oregon is the only state that doesn’t identify the sources of funding for political ads. Our Brief cites these reasons to show that the measure is constitutional.

We understand that the Supreme Court will hear this case on November 1, 2019.

 

Just Updated: Multnomah Co. Directory of Elected Officials!

Let your Representatives know what you think

2017-19 LWVPDX DEO Update-7-1-18Here is the complete up-to-date list you can use to contact the elected government officials who represent you: from President Trump to your state senator to a director of your Soil and Water Conservation District. These officials were elected to serve you and your fellow citizens.  You have a right to tell them how you think they can make government more responsive to your or society’s needs.

How to use this directory

You can download a copy of this Directory and save it on your computer. Or print it for your reference. Use it to look up the email or mailing addresses and phone numbers of your elected officials.  Then you can write or call them with your concerns.

 

Primary Election Forums! WATCH VIDEOS


View online recordings of the LWV of Portland election forums for candidates in the May 15 Primary Election. See the candidates and compare what they have to say. Be informed when you vote!

These Candidate Forums, co-sponsored by the Interfaith Alliance on Poverty, were held at the Multnomah County Board Room, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Below is list of the forums.

 

 

Sponsors: Multnomah Bar Foundation, MetroEast Community Media, Paloma Clothing, LWV of Portland Education Fund and Sara Frewing Fund.

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Watch candidates’ opening & closing statements

Short on time? Learn quickly about the candidates in the May 15 Primary by watching just their opening and closing statements. Then to learn more, watch the complete candidate forums for each office and hear the candidates’ answers to questions about the issues they would confront if elected. Please also take a look at how these candidates (and those who were not able to attend our forums) responded to questions in our Multnomah County Primary Election Voters’ Guide.  Check out our Video Voters’ Guide to hear from other candidates on your ballot.

Candidates for Multnomah County Commissioner District 2 – open & close

Candidates for Multnomah County Chair – open & close

Candidates for Multnomah County Auditor – open & close

Candidates for Metro Councilor Districts 2 & 4 – open & close

Candidates for Portland City Commissioner Position 2 – open & close 

Candidates for Portland City Commissioner Position 3 – open & close

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