Campaign Finance & Disclosure Information

Candidates running for Multnomah County office:
On Nov. 8, 2016, voters amended the Multnomah County Charter to include limits on campaign contributions and the amount of money that can be spent to support or oppose candidates for Multnomah County office. The measure also requires various disclosures of contributions and spending. 

On March 6, 2018, Circuit Court Judge Eric J. Bloch struck down key elements of recent Multnomah County legislation regulating campaign finance in Multnomah County candidate elections. In particular, the court concluded that the following provisions of the legislation violate the free speech clause of the Oregon Constitution:

  1. Limits on campaign contributions;
  2. Limits on campaign expenditures and independent expenditures; and
  3. A requirement to disclose certain funding sources in campaign communications

The court upheld requirements in the amendment around registering as a political committee and employees’ rights to make contributions by payroll deduction as permissible under state and federal law.

On July 18, 2019, the Multnomah County Board approved a resolution to develop an ordinance by December 31, 2019, requiring communications relating to Multnomah County candidate elections to disclose funding sources.

Beginning Dec. 7, 2019, all candidates for the County’s seven elected positions, including County Chair, Sheriff, Commissioners, and Auditor, will face new funding disclosure requirements that require disclosure of funding sources on campaign communications such as audio, video and print advertisements. The disclosures are required for communications funded with more than $300. They apply to individuals — including candidates — as well as entities such as political organizations, corporations and nonprofits that fund communications in support of, or opposition to, candidates for County positions.

More information can be found below. 

City of Portland candidates have similar campaign finance and disclosure requirements. Please visit the City of Portland Elections website for more information. All questions related to City of Portland candidates should be directed to the City of Portland Elections office.

Information on City of Portland candidate public financing is available at the City of Portland website Open and Accountable Elections.

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Campaign Finance Information - Oregon Secretary of State's Office

The Oregon Secretary of State is the Campaign Finance office for all candidates and committees.

Note: Candidates who receive or spend $750 or less in a calendar year, act as their own treasurer and do not already have open principal campaign committee do not need to file campaign information. Please see the Oregon Secretary of State's  Candidate Quick Guide (PDF) for more information.