Oregon trails other states in environmental legislation. Per capita, Oregon is the first in the nation for corporate donations to lawmakers and one of only five states with no limits on political contributions. Subsequently, Oregon legislators placed a measure on the November 2020 ballot that will ask voters to decide whether to amend the state’s constitution to allow limits on campaign contributions.
In this Friday Forum, Rob Davis, an investigative reporter who published “Polluted by Money: How corporate cash corrupted one of the greenest states in America” in The Oregonian, will explore the following questions: What would this ballot measure accomplish? How did Oregon fall so far behind in protecting its environment? What else needs to happen, and what are the obstacles to change?