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The court also ruled against portions of the Multnomah County charter amendment dealing with expenditure limits.

PMG FILE PHOTO - The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled on issues of political contributions and expenditures, which stem from a Multnomah County case. The Oregon Supreme Court, reversing its longstanding ban on strict campaign finance limits, ruled on Thursday, April 23, in favor of a voter-approved Multnomah County law putting a $500 limit on campaign donations.

However, the court ruled against portions of the county charter amendment dealing with expenditure limits.

The court sent the entire case back to the trial court to decide whether the limits violate federal free-speech protections. As a result, the ruling could lead to new campaign finance limits throughout the state.

Oregon voters in 2006 approved a $500 limit on donations to statewide candidates and a $100 limit on other state and local races, but they were never allowed to go into effect.

See the complete story at the OPB website.

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