Oregon voters who go online to search for information about the election now underway are likely to find a website called the “2020 Oregon voter guide” at the top of their search results.
Thanks to paid search engine ads, that website shows up before the state’s official voters’ guide, which is what the Oregon secretary of state calls the online version of the voters pamphlet.
So what is the “2020 Oregon voter guide” and who is paying for it?
It looks neutral and informational, with biographies and flattering photographs of all six major party candidates for statewide office and a promise to provide “simple and clear information.” But it endorses only Democrats and urges a “yes” vote on all four statewide ballot measures.
The website says it is “presented by a coalition of organizations dedicated to promoting economic fairness, public education, healthcare access, and environmental justice.” It recommends the Democratic