, the Bend green energy consultant and long-time girlfriend of former Gov. John Kitzhaber
, issued a statement this afternoon concerning her role in a federal and state investigation
into "potential contracting irregularities" at the Oregon Department of Energy.
To: Oregon Media Outlets
From: Cylvia Hayes, CEO, 3E Strategies
Date: September 24, 2010
On August 23, 2010, various news organizations reported that the Oregon Department of Justice was conducting an inquiry into the Department of Energy and mentioned my name in connection with that inquiry.
My primary company, 3E Strategies, of which I am CEO, has no contractual involvement with the Department of Energy. TEEM, a company of which I am a partner, has a subcontract with a larger firm working for the Department of Energy.
On August 30, 2010, I was contacted by the DOJ. I was informed by the Department that neither my companies nor me personally are subjects or targets of investigation, but rather have been contacted as witnesses.
During this campaign season, some political figures have twisted the truth about the investigation in an attempt to distract voters from the real issues before us when electing our next governor. I am not about to let my reputation for honesty and ethical conduct become collateral damage of that diversionary tactic.
Based on this information and developments, I want to release this clear statement: Neither me nor my companies are subject or target of investigation. As investigators continue their work, I will continue to provide any assistance I can. As a potential witness in this case, I will make no further public comment.
It is unclear why Hayes issued her statement today, given that DOJ contacted her 25 days ago. DOJ spokesman Tony Green said he could not comment on a pending investigation. was not immediately available for comment