In a statement, the Honest Elections Action League of Oregon explained that:
“The Honest Elections Action League of Oregon (HEAL) endorses Patrick Starnes in the Democratic Party primary for the office of Governor of Oregon.
“Patrick Starnes has been a leader on campaign finance reform issues in Oregon, including during his run for Governor in 2018,” said Dan Meek for HEAL.
Patrick Starnes made campaign finance reform a core issue in the 2018 election and later lobbied the Oregon Legislature to refer a constitutional amendment to the ballot. The amendment, which Oregon voters enacted in 2020 with a 78% “yes” vote, opened the door for the Oregon Legislature to create campaign finance limits. But the Legislature has taken no action to implement the amendment.
We need a Governor with a strong track record on campaign finance reform. Patrick Starnes earned an “A” on his positions on campaign finance reform in the recent Honest Elections Oregon survey of all 2022 candidates for Governor and the Oregon Legislature. Here are the grades of those who responded.“