Oregon SOS candidates spar over campaign finance restrictions

Oregon SOS candidates spar over campaign finance restrictions
This Feb. 1, 2012, photo shows the Oregon Pioneer statue atop the Oregon State Capitol, in Salem, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The Republican candidate for Oregon secretary of state is calling for voluntary restrictions on campaign spending in future years. But he's rejecting an offer by his opponent to impose them now.

Bend doctor Knute Buehler (NEWT BYOO'-lur) says it's too late to impose spending restrictions just weeks before the November election. He spoke Wednesday at a news conference proposing a variety of changes to the elections process.

Earlier Wednesday, Democratic incumbent Kate Brown pledged not to spend more than $1 million on her campaign.

Buehler says he wants to diminish the influence of money in politics. He said he wants candidates to voluntarily limit their campaign spending or give up their right to make a pitch in the voter pamphlet mailed with ballots before every election.

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