Now that campaign donation limits are legal in Oregon, the specifics that lawmakers are negotiating in private would set much higher limits than voters have approved and allow the broadest possible array of entities to continue pouring big money into state politics.

While the general public can’t attend those meetings, big political donors have been allowed in, according to lawmakers and donors’ testimony referencing the private proposals.

Lawmakers’ interest in capping political money was never particularly high this session — no Democratic leaders listed it as a priority — and now appears to be withering.

“Every year I feel like we get closer and so I’m optimistic that maybe this is the year,” said Rep. Dan Rayfield, D-Corvallis, chief sponsor of the proposal under negotiation, in a hearing last month, the last time such plans have been discussed in public.

In an April 22 interview, Rayfield said it was unclear if…

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