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Common Cause Oregon Report: Portland City Council Contribution History and Major Trends Second Edition

March 4, 2011

This Common Cause Oregon Report reads, 'in part, 'Three major trends are indicated in this initial "big picture" analysis of historical contributions to Portland City Council members and recently retired Commissioner Charlie Hales. One is that election year campaign fundraising is dominated by contributions larger than the "little guy" donations of $50 or less. A parallel trend is a typical increase in the size of the average itemized contribution from a council member's first race to subsequent races.'

Report: Public Campaign Financing in Portland; Should ?Voter-Owned Elections? Survive?

October 21, 2010

This study out of Portland, Oregon, from the Center for Governmental Studies, begins, 'This report examines the public campaign financing system in Portland, Oregon. The report is especially timely as Portland voters will be deciding whether to retain, or repeal, this innovative campaign financing system during the upcoming November 2, 2010 elections.'

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Open Primary/Top Two - Measure 90 In-depth

Common Cause has taken no position on Measure 90, the open primary /top two general election proposal on the November 4, 2014 ballot. Instead, we’ve asked Janice Thompson, former Common Cause Oregon executive director, to provide impartial analysis of Measure 90, the open primary /top two general election proposal on the November 4, 2014 ballot, to help voters better understand the measure.

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