Vonnegut and Kellar wanted to see that gap closed, and I thought they had a good point. As things stood, municipal candidates were only required to file two reports in an election year: one in July to report any funds raised between January 1st and June 30th, and another in late October, just eleven days before the election.
That meant that there was no reporting during the biggest fundraising period of most municipal election cycles: July 1st to late October. It also meant that absentee balloting regularly began before candidates were required to divulge the majority of their funding sources and how they were spending that money.
That's why I wrote the amendment and proposed it to the Council.
I'm pleased to say the amendment was placed on the November 2018 ballot with a unanimous vote from the Council. And I'm even more pleased to say that it passed with the approval of 78% of Portland's voters.
So this year, 2019, as we look to elect two councilors, three school board members, and a mayor, every candidate will be required to file an additional finance report by September 24th which includes all income and expenditures between July 1st and September 17th. And I think that's a good thing.
Big thanks to Scott Vonnegut and Anna Kellar for bringing the issue forward. And, as always, thanks to Corporation Counsel's office for offering advice on how to craft the amendment and making sure it was legal.