Kitzhaber Uses Campaign Funds for Home Security System


Oregon's notoriously lax campaign finance laws mean that although candidates and elected officials cannot accept gifts worth more than $50, they are allowed spend campaign funds on virtually anything. But an expenditure this week by normally frugal Gov. John Kitzhaber was unusual even by Oregon pols' free-spending standards.On July 15, Kitzhaber reported using nearly $7,400 in leftover campaign funds ...   More
Thursday, July 21, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Ta-Ta, Transparency

Elections “clean-up” bill would create a gaping loophole.

Oregon is the Wild West when it comes to campaign contributions, and there’s a bill shooting through the Legislature that would make a bad situation worse.    More
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

PGE's $1.25 Million Calculator (Updated with PGE Response)

Back in September, the Oregon Public Utility Commission ruled that Portland General Electric owed customers $33.1 million for overcharges on the Trojan nuclear plant. The decision came after years of legal wrangling between PGE, the state's largest utility, and the Utility Reform Project. The watchdog URP argued that PGE was improperly earning a profit on Trojan long after the utility shuttered ...   More
Thursday, November 13, 2008 NIGEL JAQUISS


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