Set Up a Campaign Committee

Candidate, Chief Petitioner and Political Action Committees

You can file a campaign committee:

  • Electronically, using ORESTAR, the Oregon Elections System for Tracking and Reporting.
  • By submitting paper forms.

Please note that detailed campaign finance transactions must be filed using ORESTAR if a committee is not eligible to file, a Certificate of Limited Contributions and Expenditures (PC 7) (PDF).

Get Started with ORESTAR

You must sign up and create a profile to use ORESTAR. After creating a profile, you'll use the same username and password for future visits. For help, view the Create an ORESTAR Account tutorial below.

File Using ORESTAR

Already have a profile? Log in to ORESTAR.

Help for Login Trouble

Forgotten your username? If so, you must request that it be emailed to you. On the left side of the ORESTAR log in screen, select "Forgot Username." Your username will be sent to the email address you provided in your profile. ​​If unsuccessful, contact the Elections Division​.

Forgotten your password? If so, you must request a temporary password. On the left side of the ORESTAR log in screen, select "Forgot Password." A temporary password will be sent to the email address you provided in your profile.


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The 2012 Campaign Finance Manual​ (PDF) provides guidelines for reporting campaign finance information.

The ORESTAR Statement of Organization (PDF) manual provides instructions to help you set up your campaign committee.

The ORESTAR Transaction Filing (PDF) manual provides instructions to help you file campaign finance information.

ORESTAR Tutorials

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Uploading Transactions to ORESTAR

If you'd like to create your own process to upload transactions to ORESTAR, the following documentation contains the required format specifications.

Sample XML files:

  • File 1 (contains pledges of cash).
  • File 2 (contains a contribution that completes the pledges of cash in File 1, along with other miscellaneous transactions).​​​​​​

​Required Reading

Before entering transactions in ORESTAR, you'll need to read about Automatically Calculating Contributor/Payee Aggregates and Miscellaneous Transactions (PDF).

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