Independents unwitting beneficiary of campaign finance law

A law passed in 2017 was intended to drive out ‘dark money’ from election, but the wording of one exemption may force statewide debate hosts to invite third-party candidates.

The Independent Party of Oregon is using a relatively new state law to try to spur hosts to include the party’s nominee, Patrick Starnes, in upcoming gubernatorial debates.

Legislators who proposed the law via House Bill 2505 in 2017 say their intent was not to force media companies and other debate hosts to include the IPO in the events.

Source: Pamplin Media Group – Independents unwitting beneficiary of campaign finance law