The murder trial of Bruce and Joshua Turnidge
for their alleged roles in a 2008 bank bombing in Woodburn produced a snippet of political news this week.
Salem businessman Richard Faith
—president of The Lynx Group, a printing company—testified in court that Bruce Turnidge was looking for money to buy "military grade weapons" to form a militia.
Here's an excerpt from the Salem Statesman Journal's trial coverage
Also on Friday, former Salem businessman Richard Faith testified that Bruce Turnidge was among a small group of men who came to him in the 1990s to promote their idea of forming a militia.
Faith said he didn't share their beliefs and told the group that he wasn't interested in launching or joining a militia.
Daniel Kerr, chief financial officer for Faith's businesses, testified that Bruce Turnidge and his brother Doug inquired about obtaining a $75,000 loan from Faith. Kerr said the two men wanted the money to buy "military grade weapons."
The Turnidge brothers did not get that loan, Kerr said.
However, Bruce Turnidge was the recipient of a $150,000 loan from Faith in the mid-1990s, which funded Turnidge's purchase of a 320-acre onion farm in northern Nevada, near the town of Orovada.
State filings show Lynx Group, Faith's company, has done nearly $200,000 worth of work for the Leadership Fund, the Senate Republican caucus in Oregon
Senate Republican spokesman Michael Gay says caucus officials had no knowledge of Faith's loan to Turnidge or anything other than his company has a very large printing operation.
"We look for vendors who can do a quality job at a fair price," Gay says. "We had no idea about this association."
Earlier, WW reported that the Leadership Fund contracted with a pollster
who has espoused extreme views and that two Republican state senators hired a company
associated with an infamous anti-abortion activist to do some printing.
But unlike those two companies, Lynx does business for a wide variety of public sector clients beyond political campaigns. Records show the company has done large jobs for Portland State University, the Oregon Judicial Department and the Oregon University System's chancellor's office.