Transparency Portland

Victory for Transparency: Portland Candidates Must File Additional Disclosure Report

 

Transparency is essential to building trust in elected officials. Voters rightfully want to know who funds the candidates asking for their vote.

 

In 2018, Portland voters passed Question 2, which amended the city charter to require municipal candidates to disclose their donors 42 days prior to Election Day. The initiative passed with support from 75 percent of Portland voters.

 

Prior to this amendment, municipal candidates in Portland were only required to disclose their donors 11 days before the election. However, many voters cast absentee ballots prior to 11 days before Election Day, and these voters have not had vital information regarding candidates' donors and funding. With the enactment of this amendment, Portland voters will be better informed prior to casting their ballots, and municipal candidates will now have to file the same number of disclosure reports as candidates for the state legislature.

 

Despite not being required to, in 2018, seven city council, school board, and water district trustee candidates - half of the candidates on the November 2018 ballot - voluntarily disclosed their donors on September 25, 2018 (42 days before the election). These reports covered funds raised between July 1 and September 18, 2018. This level of disclosure will now be required of all Portland candidates.

 

Portland City Council

 

At Large

Nick Mavodones: No 42-Day Report

Joey Brunelle: 42-Day Report

 

District 1

Belinda Ray: 42-Day Report

Matt Coffey: No 42-Day Report

 

District 2

Spencer Thibodeau: No 42-Day Report

Jon Torsch: 42-Day Report

 

Portland School Board

 

At Large:

Sarah Thompson: 42-Day Report

 

District 1

Abusana "Micky" Bondo: 42-Day Report

 

District 2

Emily Figdor: 42-Day Report

Jeanne Swanton: No 42-Day Report

 

Portland Water District

 

Kim Rich: 42-Day Report

Wayne Olsen: No 42-Day Report
 

 

After the success of Question 2, a group of Portland activists have come together to form the Fair Elections Portland campaign. Fair Elections Portland is working to create a public funding, "Clean Elections" option for municipal candidates in order to reduce the amount of money in local elections as well as the influence of wealthy donors and special interests. Additionally, Fair Elections Portland is also working to expand the use of Ranked-Choice Voting to city council and school board (currently, Portland only uses RCV in mayoral elections). To learn more about this important campaign, visit the Fair Elections Portland website, follow the campaign on Instagram, and join the campaign's Facebook group!