The two top Democrat Senate leaders have declared that the bill to allow voters an opportunity to amend the state Constitution to cap campaign contributions is dead. After years of complaining about the influence of big money, the Democratics suddenly aren't all that interested.
"You asked the question. We just got the answer," said Jeff Lang, a Portland political activist who lobbied long and hard for the reform. "As my closest colleague said early on when I asked for his support, 'The system isn't broken. There's nothing to fix. We're in power.'"
There you have it: there's nothing to fix because Democratics control the legislature, the governor's office, and all state offices.