Oregon State Capitol Building
Democratic Party of Oregon
Independent Party of Oregon
Kate Brown
You state as the ultimate conclusion that the IPO is "conditioning eligibility for the Independent Party nomination on a candidate's willingness to make a contribution to the party." That is not true, and the candidate packet does not support such a conclusion.
Since early March 2010, the IPO Caucus has received dozens of requests from persons requesting to be considered for IPO nominations for the November 2010 election. The IPO Caucus then proceeded to determine whether each requester was a "qualified candidate," without regard to contributions or pledges of any kind. The specific steps in that determination of eligibility are set out at p. 4, below. By May 17, 2010, the IPO had decided, affirmatively, the eligibility of every person who then received the candidate packet. Thus, every recipient of a candidate packet had already been determined unconditionally to be eligible to be a candidate for IPO nomination; the salutation in the candidate packet memorandum is addressed to "Dear Candidate." The packet was not sent to any "potential candidate" for nomination but only to previously qualified candidates eligible to seek IPO nomination under whatever lawful nomination process is used. We believe the candidate package is clear that there is and never was any such condition requiring a contribution to be "eligible."