Like many other Oregonians, I've been frustrated with the problems our state faces as well as the lack of effective plans to address them. I see the dysfunction and inability of local elected officials to make meaningful headway on issues I care about because of the political machine that drives them. That machine runs on cash and is driven by the same insiders and operatives — on both sides of the aisle — that have been calling the shots for decades.
When I saw that Patrick Starnes' main plank in running for governor was campaign finance reform, I was intrigued. Starnes understands that a candidate beholden to special interests cannot put their constituents first.
Getting the money out of campaigns is critical to a functioning democracy that serves the people and not just the folks who feed at the trough. Most people agree. In 2020 we amended the state constitution to authorize the legislature to enact laws limiting campaign contributions and expenditures. Measure 107 was passed with an overwhelming majority of 78%. Sadly, the motivation to change the status quo is trumped by dollar signs, and our legislature has done nothing.
Patrick Starnes has pledged to take no corporate or PAC money and no more than $1,000 from any one person. That puts him at a big disadvantage in this race. While political insiders and those with wealthy backers are amassing huge war chests and planning a slick, costly media blitz, Patrick's is a people-powered campaign rather than corporate funded. Vote Starnes!
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