March 8, 2018 •
Multnomah County, Oregon Campaign Finance Reforms Found Unconstitutional
In Oregon, a Multnomah County Circuit Court judge found county campaign finance reforms unconstitutional.
Judge Eric Bloch ruled the voter-approved limitations on campaign contributions and independent expenditures were impermissible under the free speech guarantees within the Oregon Constitution, citing a related Oregon Supreme Court opinion.
He ruled they also cannot force disclosure of the largest contributors to political mailers and other forms of communication.
The Multnomah County voters adopted the reforms with an 89 percent “yes” vote in November 2016. An appeal of the judge’s decision is expected.
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