2.16.070 Distribution of City Matching Funds.

City Code Section

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

  1. City Matching Funds from the Fund will be distributed only in a Contested Election. The Director must distribute City Matching Fundsfrom the Fund to each Certified Candidate in a Contested Election as follows:
     
    1. For a Certified Candidate for a Covered Office the City Matching Funds will be distributed according to a formula and system established by the Portland Elections Commission and published in administrative rules.
       
    2. The total City Matching Funds payable to a Certified Candidate for a Primary Election or Special Nominating Election may not exceed $300,000 for a Candidate for Mayor and $200,000 for a Candidate for Commissioner or Auditor.  The total City Matching Funds payable to a Certified Candidate for a General Election or Special Runoff Election may not exceed $450,000 for a Candidate for Mayor and $240,000 for a Candidate for Commissioner or Auditor.
       
  2. The Director must not distribute City Matching Fundsfrom the Fund to a Certified Candidate for:
     
    1. Seed money Contributions;
       
    2. In-kind Contributions;
       
    3. Matchable Contributions from Matchable Donors made before the candidate files a Notice of Intent;
       
    4. Allowable Contributions ; or
       
    5. The Portland Elections Commission may determine how to distribute public funds when Contributions to more than one Candidate running for the same seat is made by a Matchable Donor. This determination will be published in administrative rules.
       
  3. City Matching Funds will be distributed on a schedule determined by the Portland Elections Commission. The schedule will be published in administrative rules.
     
  4. Matchable contributions from Matchable Donors collected 10 or fewer calendar days prior to a Primary Election or Special Nominating Election will only be eligible for City Matching Funds for the General Election or Special Runoff Election if the candidate qualifies for the General Election or Special Runoff Election, as provided in Subsection 2.16.070 E.  Matchable contributions collected 10 calendar days prior to a General Election or Special Runoff Election will not be eligible for City Matching Funds. 
     
  5. Certified Candidates in the Primary Election or Special Nominating Election who are nominated to the General Election or Special Runoff Election ballot in the same Election Cycle are eligible for City Matching Fundsas provided in this Section.
     
    1. Certified Candidates who reasonably expect to qualify for the General Election or Special Runoff Election ballot may begin collecting Allowable or Matchable Contributions for the General Election or Special Runoff Election 10 calendar days prior to the Primary Election or Special Nominating Election.
       
    2. After certification of the results of the primary or special nominating election, a certified candidate who qualifies for the general or special runoff ballot may use unspent funds in their publicly funded campaign account and seek public contribution matching for allowable contributions collected from matchable donors beginning 10 calendar days prior to the primary or special nominating election.

Upcoming and Recent Changes

Ordinance Number 190243

Effective Date