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Campaign finance to be on 2020 ballot in Oregon

June 30, 2019

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is one of five states that have no limits on campaign contributions. But voters may be able to change that at the ballot box next year.

The House voted 43-11 Sunday to put the issue in front of the voters in the 2020 election.

The state constitution prevents lawmakers from limiting the amount of money that flows through political campaigns. But the high-priced governor’s race last year rekindled the debate over spending limits.

Capping political donations requires a constitutional amendment and must be approved by the voters.

The measure does not place limits on campaign donations. It instead asks voters’ permission for lawmakers to place limits on campaign contributions sometime in the future.

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