Oregon GOP Files Ethics Complaint Against Governor Kate Brown

Wilsonville, OR – Today the Oregon Republican Party (ORP) filed a complaint with the Oregon Government Ethics Commission (OGEC) over Governor Kate Brown’s use of public funds for campaign purposes. In addition, the complaint asks for the commission to review Kate Brown’s solicitation of contributions from government contractors and possible influence peddling.

PLACEHOLDER IMAGE Recent reports featured in Forbes Magazine and allegations made by her former campaign manager in a video published by Project Veritas Action claim that the governor violated ethics laws by using public funds for campaign purposes.

“These reports show a clear pattern of unethical behavior and misuse of public funds. This is particularly concerning since her predecessor resigned under an ethical cloud of similar allegations,” said Oregon Republican Party Chair Bill Currier. “Voters deserve a full investigation and to know the truth prior to the November election.”

Willamette Week also reported in 2015 that Comcast ‘ghost wrote’ a letter on behalf of then-Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown to the Federal Communications Commission in support of Comcast’s merger with Time Warner Cable. Comcast gave Brown $10,000 in campaign donations.

“The ORP has filed this complaint on behalf of Oregon taxpayers who have seen little transparency or accountability from this Governor,” Currier said. “We now have multiple sources, including a former senior campaign staffer, claiming the governor has violated ethics laws. We need an independent investigation from OGEC to get the facts.”

The Executive Director of the OGEC will review the complaint and their staff will notify the Governor within two days if they determine that the complaint falls within their jurisdiction.

The Oregon Republican Party is the state’s arm of the Republican National Committee. Its Chairman and officers are dedicated to preserving and advancing Republican principles within the state of Oregon and to improving the lives and livelihoods of Oregon’s working families through economic freedom and equal protection under the law.

Oregon GOP Chair Applauds SCOTUS Nomination of Judge Kavanaugh

Wilsonville, OR - The Oregon Republican Party released the following statement applauding President Trump’s nomination of D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh to United States Supreme Court to fill the vacancy left by the announced retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Trump Nominates Judge Kavanaugh to SCOTUS “Judge Brett Kavanaugh is great choice to serve on the Supreme Court and is another great nomination by President Trump. Today is a great day for American jurisprudence and fidelity to our great Constitution,” added Currier.

“Judge Kavanaugh fervently believes that a judge must interpret the law, not make the law, thus respecting the separation of powers so wisely defined by The Framers,” stated Oregon Republican Party Chairman Bill Currier. “If confirmed, he pledges to serve with an open mind, while striving to faithfully apply the Constitution of the United States, as written.”

“Sadly, Democrats have already rejected the President's nominee and directed their leftist front groups to organized protests - before anyone was even nominated,” added Currier. “We hope Democrat Senators will give a fair hearing to Judge Cavanaugh, but, in the case of Oregon's Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, recent history shows that they've left the political and legal mainstream for the angry, frenzied far left - which relies on vicious media smear campaigns and vitriolic personal attacks, instead of principled dialogue and debate.”

“Despite all this, we are optimistic that strong bipartisan support will confirm Judge Kavanaugh to the highest court in the land.”

The Oregon Republican Party is the state’s arm of the Republican National Committee. Its Chairman and officers are dedicated to preserving and advancing Republican principles within the state of Oregon and to improving the lives and livelihoods of Oregon’s working families through economic freedom and equal protection under the law.

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