The Brief History of 'Voter-Owned Elections' in Portland, Oregon: If Public Financing Can't Make It There, Can It Make It Anywhere?
18 Pages Posted: 15 Nov 2013
Date Written: October 1, 2013
From 2006 to 2010, Portland, Oregon experimented with a publicly financed campaign system called "Voter-Owned Elections." In 2010, Portland's voters declined to renew the system. This article assesses Portland's experience with public financing and draws lessons therefrom that may inform efforts to promote public financing at the national, state, and local levels.
Keywords: citizens united, public financing, campaign finance, local government law, municipal law, local innovation
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