Political Activity

The Alliance engages in the issues and races that impact the Portland region by advocating for business issues and by making endorsements in local, regional and state elections, and ballot measures through its Political Action Committee (PAC) and board of directors. These endorsements are based on a process that includes candidate interviews conducted by its endorsement committee and a review of the candidates’ responses to the Alliance's questionnaire, followed by a vote by the full board. Two-thirds of the board members present must agree before an endorsement is made. 

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Latest Activity

Help shape the policy agenda for the Portland business community

Announcing new policy committees and member-driven policy agenda process.

Oregon leaders visit Washington D.C.

The trip, organized by Portland Business Alliance with the support of Oregon Business Council and Oregon Business & Industry, included elected officials and leaders from key agencies across the greater Portland region.

Portland Business Alliance: 2018 Voter Guide

This November, we encourage you to exercise your right to vote on important measures that impact the future of our region and state. Vote November 6!

Let's keep Portland affordable #NOonM26201

Andrew Hoan spoke against Measure 26-201 at League of Women Voters forum on Oct. 2.

NO on Measure 105

The Alliance has joined more than 85 organizations around the state to oppose Ballot Measure 105, which aims to repeal Oregon’s sanctuary law that was passed in 1987 to stop racial profiling of people of color within the state.

May 2018 Primary election results

The Portland Business Alliance endorsed candidates and ballot measures that demonstrated a strong commitment to the Alliance’s mission to foster an environment in the region that spurs economic vitality and enables quality educational opportunities for the region’s residents.

Portland Business Alliance board of directors endorses in Clackamas County races

The Portland Business Alliance board of directors announced its endorsement of candidates in the Clackamas County commission races.

Business delegation visits Washington, D.C.

Business leaders from across the state converged in our nation’s capital to meet with all seven members of the Oregon congressional delegation, as well as the Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and chair of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development Appropriations.

Alliance board of directors makes endorsements for 2018 ballot

Endorsements include races for Portland City Council and Metro Council, as well as the Portland Children's Levy and Beaverton School Levy.

2018 Candidate Questionnaires

As part of the Alliance endorsement process, candidates were asked to complete a questionnaire to evaluate their position on policy issues.

New poll finds homelessness, housing, congestion are top concerns for voters in Portland region

Majority says region is on the right track, but also that quality of life is getting worse

Alliance announces endorsements in 2018 elections

The Portland Business Alliance board of directors this month endorsed candidates in a handful of important local races. These candidates are experienced leaders, and all of them have a strong record of considering business perspectives.

New dashboard available to chart progress

How are our mayor and city council doing on fulfilling their promises?

Portland Business Alliance board of directors endorses Portland Community College bond

The Portland Business Alliance board of directors announced its endorsement of Portland Community College’s bond renewal campaign, which is scheduled to appear on the November 2017 ballot. The bond will maintain the current levy rate and is projected to raise $185 million to fund advancements in science, technology, engineering and math programs; campus safety improvements and construction projects; and workforce training efforts.

2017 legislative wrap up

The 2017 legislative session adjourned sine die on Friday, July 7, 2017. The session began with two major issues to tackle: addressing the state’s $1.6 billion budget deficit and passing a transportation package. With higher-than-expected revenues in the May revenue forecast, the number on which the budget is based, the deficit decreased to $1.4 billion. Though there were exceptions, for most of the session both chambers were reluctant to move controversial bills that could make bipartisan efforts related to the big issues more difficult.

A look at the 2017 legislative session

The 2017 legislative session adjourned on Friday, July 7, 2017. The session began in February with two major issues facing lawmakers: Addressing the state’s budget deficit of $1.6 billion (later revised to $1.4 billion after a better-than-expected May revenue forecast), and passing a comprehensive transportation package.

Business leaders visit Washington, D.C.

On behalf of the Oregon Business Plan delegation, the Alliance led its annual lobbying trip to Washington, D.C., from April 5 to 7.

Statement on Governor Kate Brown's announcement to cut state costs

The Brighter Oregon Coalition and the Alliance are glad to see the governor putting these concepts on the table.

Statement on President Trump’s immigration travel ban

​As businesses committed to moving Oregon forward together, the Portland Business Alliance and Oregon Business Council are troubled by the breadth of President Trump’s executive order restricting immigration and re-entry into the United States of citizens of certain countries.

Alliance supports city of Portland gas tax

The Alliance expressed its support for the city of Portland’s four-year, 10-cent local gas tax that has been referred to voters for the May 2016 election.



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The Alliance realizes that, to have a healthy business climate, it is essential that local business has a meaningful, and active voice in state and local politics. Alliance members have the opportunity to engage in the political process through contributions to the Alliance PAC. The PAC provides an effective vehicle for members to ensure their voice is heard by supporting candidates and measures that align with the Alliance's advocacy goals of promoting commerce, community health and the region's overall prosperity.
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