2017 ORS 260.055¹
Accounts of contributions and expenditures
  • inspection
  • preservation

(1) Each candidate, other than a candidate for political party office, the treasurer of each political committee and the treasurer of each petition committee shall keep detailed accounts. The accounts shall be current as of not later than the seventh business day after the date of receiving a contribution or making an expenditure with respect to all contributions received and all expenditures made by or on behalf of the candidate or committee that are required to be reported under ORS 260.057 (Electronic campaign finance filing system), 260.076 (Statements of contributions received during session of Legislative Assembly) or 260.078 (Reporting contributions and expenditures not previously reported). Subject to ORS 260.085 (Listing of occupation of contributor), the accounts shall list all information required to be reported under ORS 260.083 (Contents of statements).

(2) Accounts kept by a candidate or the treasurer of a political committee may be inspected under reasonable circumstances at any time before the election to which the accounts refer or during the period specified for retention of the accounts under subsection (3) of this section by any opposing candidate or the treasurer of any political committee for the same electoral contest. The right of inspection may be enforced by writ of mandamus issued by any court of competent jurisdiction. The treasurers of political committees supporting a candidate may be joined with the candidate as defendants in a mandamus proceeding.

(3) Accounts kept by a candidate or treasurer shall be preserved by the candidate or treasurer for at least two years after the date the statement of the contribution or expenditure is filed under ORS 260.057 (Electronic campaign finance filing system). [1971 c.749 §5; 1973 c.744 §6; 1977 c.268 §2; 1979 c.190 §347; 1981 c.234 §10; 1991 c.719 §14; 1991 c.911 §9; 1993 c.493 §59; 2001 c.82 §4; 2003 c.542 §12; 2005 c.809 §32; 2009 c.818 §21; 2010 c.9 §8; 2013 c.758 §4; 2017 c.749 §35]

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.