What Difference Does It Make? Oregon’s Crooked Governors

May 18, 2018

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Oregon’s last governor, John Kitzhaber, served three and a quarter terms before he was forced to resign.  Governor Kitzhaber violated state laws against conflict of interest, misused his office for financial gain and improperly received gifts, and was fined $20,000 as civil penalty to settle 10 violations of state ethics law.  (No federal criminal charges were filed against the governor.)

The current governor, Kate Brown, seems to be walking in the footsteps of her predecessor.  Two of Governor Brown’s chiefs of staff had to resign due to violations of state ethics law.  Governor Brown had to amend her lobbying disclosure report after she falsely claimed $0 spent.  Governor Brown has used state funds to pay for private expenses such as her Oregon State Bar membership and personal items.  A recent independent report shows that Governor Brown has redacted an exceptionally large number of items (nearly 4000 items) from her state calendar while in office.  Most disturbing, the governor has received hundreds of thousands of dollars of campaign contributions from vendors who hold state contracts worth millions.

There seems to be a familiar pattern developing.  Hopefully, Oregon voters are paying attention.

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