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Whopping 87 percent support on contribution limits sets up certain court fight.

TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - City contributon limits advocates Dan Meek (left) and Jason Kafoury, shown with signs from their successful 2016 Multnomah County campaign measure. Fresh from overwhelming victory at the Portland batllot, they now plan a 2020 statewide measure.A constitutionally questionable cap on campaign contributions in Portland city elections won overwhelmingly Tuesday with 87 percent of the vote.

The passage of Measure 26-200 sets up a likely court battle, which is exactly the result supporters hoped for. Much as with the passage of a similar measure for Multnomah County elections in 2016, supporters hope to overturn rulings in higher courts that make contribution limits difficult. They also hope to pressure candidates to abide by limits voluntarily, while also building support for a statewide campaign measure expected in 2020.

The measure sets up caps on the amounts candidates can receive and individual donors can contribute, while also requiring top donors be disclosed in political advertising.


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