Most political spending is logged in the state’s online campaign finance reporting system, ORESTAR. The database allows anyone to view campaign contributions and expenditures for any race in Oregon.
But the state Elections Division has allowed a whole class of spending, so-called “independent expenditures,” to remain hidden from public view. Rather than look up information about such spending online, you have to go to Salem, to Brown’s office, and ask to see the paper filings.
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