While back to carpentry, Starnes wants to craft campaign spending limits

Patrick Starnes, former Independent Party of Oregon candidate for governor, isn't giving up on his push to reform the flow of political money in the state. (Portland Tribune/Jaime Valdez)

Carpenter Patrick Starnes, former candidate for governor, earns a living now renovating an 1878 house in Brownsville.

In his spare time, he is working to remodel Oregon’s campaign finance laws to cut the influence of major donors.

Limiting campaign money was a primary plank for Starnes as he campaigned for governor last year as the candidate of the Independent Party of Oregon. He took no more than $100 from any single donor though Oregon law would have allowed him to take checks of any size.

Shortly before the election, he dropped out in a deal with Democratic Gov. Kate Brown, getting from her . . .