Our Mission

Serving Oregonians

Common Sense For Oregon was founded with a mission to serve the people of Oregon by making it a better place to raise a family. By protecting Oregon’s 100 year old Initiative System and Referendum Process, Common Sense For Oregon is an advocate for the voice of the people. Writing and supporting ballot measures allows Common Sense to be on the front lines of the battle for Oregon’s future. Common Sense represents Oregon’s interest in increasing open government through stronger government transparency and fighting wasteful government spending with spending reform. Common Sense works to expose government waste. We also work to support the economic liberties of the people by pressing for simple and clear government regulation but only where it is needed. We also press for a simple, clear, and balanced tax system, which is fair to all concerned.


Common Sense For Oregon’s Inspiration

Over 100 years ago, a group of rag-tag performers, headed by William S. Uren, took Salem back from the special interests that had come to dominate politics in Salem. Uren had a very simple idea: the common sense of the people of Oregon should be making important decisions for the state, not well-heeled special interests. And so came the birth of the Oregon initiative and referendum system.


Attacks on the Initiative and Referendum System

Did you know that Oregon’s initiative and referendum system is under constant attack by special interests in the Oregon Legislature? That’s right. Oregon’s time-honored and cherished institution is constantly being weakened by the very special interests that the initiative and referendum system are supposed to protect us against.


Common Sense for Oregon’s Entities

Common Sense For Oregon, Incorporated is an Oregon non-profit corporation recognized under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. This is an advocacy group and contributions are not tax-deductible.


Common Sense For Oregon Foundation is an Oregon non-profit charitable corporation recognized under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation carries out research and analysis as well as education projects. Contributions to Common Sense For Oregon Foundation are tax-deductible.


There also is a Common Sense for Oregon Political Action Committee. This seperate organization shares our values but operates independently and participates in election campaigns for public office.