Our final part of our 36-Part Series “35 States and One Congress More Ethical Than Missouri” looks at the Beaver State:
Oregon law reads:
“During a calendar year, a public official, a candidate for public office or a relative member of the household of the public official or candidate may not solicit or receive, directly or indirectly, any gift or gifts with an aggregate value in excess of $50 from any single source that could reasonably be known to have a legislative or administrative interest in any governmental agency in which the public official holds.”
By limiting gifts to an annual aggregate amount, Oregon joins 23 other states that allow gifts from lobbyists but only up to a certain point – in this case, $50/year. Oregon is one of 13 states with an annual aggregate limit per lobbyist.
Oregon understands that there needs to be a limit. Compare that to the limitless free-for-all that is Missouri when it comes to lobbyists and their gifts to lawmakers.
Oregon gets it. When will Missouri?
Support the Missouri Gift-Ban Pledge and legislation regulating lobbyist gift-giving.