2017 ORS 260.043¹
Exemptions for candidate who expects neither contributions nor expenditures to exceed $750 or $3,500
  • exemptions

(1) A candidate who serves as the candidate’s own treasurer and who expects neither the aggregate contributions to be received nor the aggregate expenditures to be made by or on behalf of the candidate to exceed $750 in total amount during a calendar year is not required to:

(a) File a statement of organization under ORS 260.039 (Content of statement of organization of candidate or principal campaign committee);

(b) Establish a single exclusive campaign account under ORS 260.054 (Political committee campaign account); or

(c) File statements under ORS 260.057 (Electronic campaign finance filing system).

(2) A candidate described in subsection (1) of this section must keep contribution and expenditure records for the previous 24 months.

(3)(a) If at any time during the calendar year either the aggregate contributions or aggregate expenditures exceed $750, the candidate must file a statement of organization under ORS 260.039 (Content of statement of organization of candidate or principal campaign committee), establish a single exclusive campaign account as required under ORS 260.054 (Political committee campaign account) and file statements as required in paragraph (b) of this subsection.

(b)(A) Except as provided in subparagraph (B) of this paragraph, if at any time during the calendar year either the aggregate contributions or aggregate expenditures exceed $750, the candidate must file a statement under ORS 260.057 (Electronic campaign finance filing system) showing all contributions received and expenditures made. After aggregate contributions or aggregate expenditures exceed $750 during a calendar year, the statement shall be filed under the time frames established in ORS 260.057 (Electronic campaign finance filing system) (3).

(B) If the candidate expects neither the aggregate contributions to be received nor the aggregate expenditures to be made by or on behalf of the candidate to exceed $3,500 during the calendar year, the candidate may file a statement to that effect under ORS 260.112 (Filing of certificate by candidate or treasurer of political committee or petition committee who expects neither contributions nor expenditures to exceed $3,500), rather than file statements under ORS 260.057 (Electronic campaign finance filing system). Notwithstanding ORS 260.112 (Filing of certificate by candidate or treasurer of political committee or petition committee who expects neither contributions nor expenditures to exceed $3,500) (2), the statement shall be filed not later than seven calendar days after aggregate contributions or aggregate expenditures exceed $750 during a calendar year.

(4) For purposes of this section, a fee paid under ORS 251.095 (Candidate space in voters’ pamphlet) is exempt and may not be considered when calculating:

(a) The expected aggregate amount of contributions received or expenditures made; or

(b) The actual aggregate amount of contributions received or expenditures made.

(5) This section does not apply to candidates for federal office. [1999 c.999 §6; 2005 c.809 §§6,24; 2009 c.818 §5; 2010 c.9 §7; 2017 c.80 §1; 2017 c.749 §33]

Notes of Decisions

Disclosure require­ments, specifically with respect to third parties, do not infringe on right to associate for po­lit­i­cal purposes and are constitu­tional. Oregon Socialist Workers v. Paulus, 432 F Supp 1255 (1977)

Chapter 260

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Applica­tion to committee collecting contribu­tions to es­tab­lish fund to defray elected official’s expenses incurred in performing po­lit­i­cal func­tions of office, (1980) Vol 40, p 11; preemp­tion by federal law of campaign financing with respect to federal candidates, (1981) Vol 41, p 420

Law Review Cita­tions

50 OLR 299-321 (1971); 55 OLR 253-266 (1976)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 260—Campaign Finance Regulation; Election Offenses, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors260.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 260, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano260.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.