2.16.040 Contribution and Expenditure Requirements for Participating and Certified Candidates.

City Code Section

(Amended by Ordinance Nos. 189677, 190243 and 190598, effective December 10, 2021.)

  1. Before accepting any Allowable, Matchable, Seed Money or In-Kind Contributions governed by this Chapter, a Participating Candidate must establish a Candidate’s Campaign Account for the Candidate for the purpose of receiving contributions and making expenditures in accordance with this Chapter.
     
  2. Before accepting any allowable contribution or matchable contribution governed by this Chapter on which a Participating Candidate intends to rely for certification under Section 2.16.050 and seek City Matching Funds, a Participating Candidate must:
     
    1. File a notice of intent using the form prescribed by the program with the Director before the deadline ; and
       
    2. Attend mandatory training provided by the City.  The Candidate’s treasurer must also attend the training.
       
  3. A Participating Candidate may accept up to $5,000 total in Seed Money Contributions. Certified Candidates may not accept Seed Money Contributions. The Portland Elections Commission will establish a deadline for accepting Seed Money Contributions and the deadline will be published in administrative rules.
     
  4. Participating and Certified Candidates may accept In-Kind Contributions in an amount determined by the Portland Elections Commission and published in administrative rules.
     
  5. During an Election Cycle, Participating and Certified Candidates may only accept Allowable Contributions, Matchable Contributions, City Matching Funds, and Seed Money Contributions, and In-Kind Contributions allowed by this Chapter, and other types of Contributions as determined by the Portland Elections Commission.
     
  6. Participating and Certified Candidates may not accept Allowable Contributions or Matchable Contributions from any one individual totaling more than $250 in the Primary Election Period and $250 in the General Election Period, except as Seed Money Contributions.
     
  7. From the date the Primary Election Period begins until filing a Notice of Intent, a Participating Candidate may not collect any contributions other than Allowable, Seed Money and In-Kind Contributions allowed by this Chapter and may only make expenditures from such contributions. After filing a notice of intent, participating and certified candidates may not make expenditures from funds other than City Matching Funds and Allowable, Matchable Contributions, Seed Money or In-Kind Contributions, as allowed by this Chapter.
     
  8. Participating and certified candidates must deposit all Allowable Contributions, Matchable Contributions,  City Matching Funds, and Seed Money Contributions received into the Candidate's Campaign Account. Participating and Certified Candidates must deliver to the Director documentation, as specified by administrative rule, for each Allowable Contribution, Matchable Contribution, Seed Money Contribution, and In-Kind Contribution.
     
  9. A Participating or Certified Candidate may retain a preexisting campaign committee or political activities committee as long as the campaign committee or political activities committee does not accept Contributions or make Expenditures during the Election Cycle for which the Candidate is seeking a Covered Office, other than a transfer of Seed Money Contributions to the Candidate, consistent with Subsection 2.16.040 C. The Portland Elections Commission will determine whether preexisting committees may make certain transactions not related to promoting the Candidate in the current Election Cycle, and its determination will be published in administrative rules.
     
  10. The Portland Elections Commission will determine how loans are repaid and its determination will be published in administrative rules.
     
  11. The Portland Elections Commission will set total contributions limits, if any, and these limits will be published in administrative rules.
     
  12. The Portland Elections Commission may set the amount of loans or debt a campaign may accept.

Upcoming and Recent Changes

Ordinance Number 190243

Effective Date