Oregon Political Party Donations from State Income Tax Revealed

Ballot Access News erroneously omitted the Oregon data, on how money each political party receives from state income tax check-off forms, when it published this data in the September 1, 2011 print edition. The Oregon legislature, in 2009, provided that state income tax forms should make it easy for a taxpayer to send a small contribution to any qualified party.

During 2010, the parties received these amounts: Democratic $15,698; Republican $5,160; Pacific Green $1,203; Independent Party $722; Working Families $615; Libertarian $498; Peace Party $390; Constitution $225.

During 2011, so far, the parties have received these amounts: Democratic $16,395; Republican $4,507; Pacific Green $957; Independent Party $705; Progressive Party (formerly named Peace Party) $432; Working Families $429; Libertarian $390; Constitution $201. Thanks to Dan Meek for the information that Oregon now has a tax check-off to benefit political parties. Fourteen states have such a program, although Idaho has abolished it starting next year.

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