2017 ORS 260.112¹
Filing of certificate by candidate or treasurer of political committee or petition committee who expects neither contributions nor expenditures to exceed $3,500
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(1)(a) A candidate or a treasurer of a political committee who expects neither the aggregate contributions to be received nor the aggregate expenditures to be made by or on behalf of the candidate or political committee to exceed $3,500 in total amount during the calendar year shall file a certificate to that effect with the Secretary of State. The candidate or treasurer shall make the certificate according to the best of the knowledge or belief of the candidate or treasurer. A candidate or treasurer filing a certificate under this section is not required to file statements under ORS 260.057 (Electronic campaign finance filing system).

(b) A treasurer of a petition committee organized under ORS 260.118 (Treasurer and statement of organization of petition committee) who expects neither the aggregate contributions to be received nor the aggregate expenditures to be made by a chief petitioner or the treasurer to exceed $3,500 in total amount during the calendar year shall file a certificate to that effect with the Secretary of State. The treasurer shall make the certificate according to the best of the knowledge or belief of the treasurer. A treasurer filing a certificate under this section is not required to file statements under ORS 260.118 (Treasurer and statement of organization of petition committee).

(2) A certificate described in subsection (1) of this section shall be filed:

(a) By a candidate, not sooner than the date that the candidate files a statement of organization under ORS 260.039 (Content of statement of organization of candidate or principal campaign committee), and not later than seven calendar days after the candidate receives a contribution or makes an expenditure.

(b) By a treasurer of a political committee, not sooner than the date that the political committee files a statement of organization under ORS 260.042 (Content of statement of organization of political committee), and not later than seven calendar days after the political committee receives a contribution or makes an expenditure.

(c) By a treasurer of a petition committee, not sooner than the date that the petition committee files a statement of organization under ORS 260.118 (Treasurer and statement of organization of petition committee), and not later than seven calendar days after the petition committee receives a contribution or makes an expenditure.

(3) A candidate, political committee or petition committee under this section must keep contribution and expenditure records during the calendar year.

(4) If at any time following the filing of a certificate under this section and during the calendar year either the aggregate contributions or aggregate expenditures exceed $3,500, the candidate or treasurer shall do all of the following:

(a) File a statement under ORS 260.057 (Electronic campaign finance filing system) or 260.118 (Treasurer and statement of organization of petition committee) within seven calendar days after either the aggregate contributions or aggregate expenditures exceed $3,500. The statement must reflect all contributions received and expenditures made by or on behalf of the candidate, political committee or petition committee to that date, beginning January 1 of the calendar year.

(b) If necessary, file additional statements under ORS 260.057 (Electronic campaign finance filing system) or 260.118 (Treasurer and statement of organization of petition committee).

(5) This section does not apply to a candidate for federal office.

(6) As used in this section, “contribution” and “expenditure” include a contribution or expenditure to or on behalf of an initiative, referendum or recall petition. [1971 c.749 §11; 1975 c.683 §9; 1977 c.644 §5; 1979 c.190 §352; 1981 c.234 §12; 1985 c.808 §56; 1987 c.727 §7; 1989 c.503 §27; 1991 c.87 §5; 1999 c.999 §22; 2005 c.797 §15; 2005 c.809 §36a; 2009 c.818 §11; 2011 c.481 §1; 2013 c.758 §7]

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).
 
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