2011 ORS § 260.995¹
Civil penalties

(1) Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, following an investigation under ORS 260.345 (Complaints or other information regarding violations), the Secretary of State or Attorney General may impose a civil penalty not to exceed $250 for each violation of any provision of Oregon Revised Statutes relating to the conduct of any election, any rule adopted by the secretary under ORS chapters 246 to 260 or any other matter preliminary to or relating to an election, for which a civil penalty is not otherwise provided.

(2) The secretary or the Attorney General may impose a civil penalty not to exceed:

(a) $1,000 for each violation of ORS 251.049 (Names or titles of persons or names of organizations excluded from arguments and statements) (3) or 251.405 (Names or titles of persons or names of organizations excluded from arguments and statements) (3);

(b) $1,000 plus the amount converted to personal use for each violation of ORS 260.407 (Use of contributed amounts for certain purposes); or

(c) $10,000 for each violation of ORS 260.555 (Prohibitions relating to circulation, filing or certification of initiative, referendum or recall petition), 260.558 (Payment for signing or not signing initiative, referendum or recall petition), 260.575 (Use of threats and intimidation for purpose of extorting money), 260.695 (Prohibitions relating to voting) (1) or 260.715 (Prohibited conduct) (1) or section 1b, Article IV of the Oregon Constitution.

(3) Except as otherwise provided by this section, civil penalties under this section shall be imposed as provided in ORS 183.745 (Civil penalty procedures). In addition to the requirements of ORS 183.745 (Civil penalty procedures), the notice shall include:

(a) A statement of the authority and jurisdiction under which the hearing is to be held; and

(b) If the person is an agency, corporation or an unincorporated association, a statement that such person must be represented by an attorney licensed in Oregon, unless the person is a political committee which may be represented by any officer identified in the most recent statement of organization filed with the filing officer.

(4) A hearing on whether to impose a civil penalty and to consider circumstances in mitigation shall be held by the secretary or Attorney General:

(a) Upon request of the person against whom the penalty may be assessed, if the request is made not later than the 20th day after the date the person received notice sent under subsection (3) of this section; or

(b) Upon the secretarys or Attorney Generals own motion.

(5) The person against whom a penalty may be assessed need not appear in person at a hearing held under this section, but instead may submit written testimony or other evidence, sworn to before a notary public, to the secretary or Attorney General for entry in the hearing record. The testimony or other evidence must be received by the secretary or Attorney General not later than three business days before the day of the hearing.

(6) All hearings under this section shall be held not later than 45 days after the deadline for the person against whom the penalty may be assessed to request a hearing. However, if requested by the person against whom the penalty may be assessed, a hearing under subsection (4) of this section shall be held not later than 60 days after the deadline for the person against whom the penalty may be assessed to request a hearing.

(7) The secretary or Attorney General shall issue an order not later than 90 days after a hearing or after the deadline for requesting a hearing if no hearing is held.

(8) All penalties recovered under this section shall be paid into the State Treasury and credited to the General Fund.

(9) In the case of a civil penalty imposed under this section for a violation of ORS 260.407 (Use of contributed amounts for certain purposes), the person against whom the penalty is assessed:

(a) Is personally responsible for the payment of the civil penalty;

(b) Shall pay the civil penalty from personal funds of the person; and

(c) May not pay the civil penalty from contributions received by a candidate, a candidates principal campaign committee, a political committee or a petition committee. [1987 c.718 §1; 1991 c.319 §2; 1991 c.734 §119; 1993 c.493 §83; 2005 c.797 §52; 2005 c.809 §1; 2009 c.533 §11; 2009 c.818 §19; 2010 c.9 §10; 2010 c.35 §2]