FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 12, 2009
CONTACT: Nick Smith
REPUBLICAN LEGISLATORS INTRODUCE ‘TRUTH-IN-CAMPAIGN’ MEASURES
Bills Seek to Limit False Attacks, Improve Public Discourse
SALEM—House Republican legislators have introduced ‘truth-in-campaign’ bills to hold political action committees accountable when they distribute false and misleading campaign materials. Among the bills, HB 3280 strengthens existing statutes and establishes standards for awarding three times the current damages to candidates who’ve been harmed by materials such as malicious mailers and television ads.
had enough of false political and personal attacks,” said Rep. Bill Kennemer
In addition, Rep. Kennemer and Rep. Vic Gilliam (R-Silverton) have introduced HB 3176 to direct the Secretary of State to notify candidates of legal action and remedies that are available when false statements are published and distributed.
“Oregonians deserve fair and honest elections,” Rep. Gilliam said. “Our state has one of the most transparent campaign finance systems in the nation, yet we do little to address the lies and smears that drag our elections into the mud. HB 3176 will enable state government to take a more proactive role in helping candidates seek the remedies they deserve when they’re falsely attacked.”
Both bills apply
to candidates, political candidates and ballot measure campaigns governed under