Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum wasted no time returning contributions from a campaign donor re-indicted today on sexual abuse charges.
This morning, shortly after 9 am, Portland real estate developer, gay rights activist and longtime Democratic Party fundraiser Terry Bean was arraigned in Lane County Circuit Court on charges that he'd sexually abused a 15-year-old boy in 2013.
Those charges re-instated charges dismissed in 2015 on the eve of trial.
At 2:06 pm today, the Committee to Elect Ellen Rosenblum Attorney General made a filing in the state's campaign finance database disclosing that the committee was returning a series of contributions from Bean dating back to 2012 and totaling $2,150. (Disclosure: Rosenblum is married to Richard Meeker, the co-owner of WW's parent company.)
Today's refund marks the second time Rosenblum has given money back to Bean. In 2016, when Rosenblum last ran for re-election, she refunded $1,300 in contributions she'd previously accepted.
"Ellen Rosenblum's actions speak for themselves," says her campaign spokeswoman, Paige Richardson. "Returning the contributions was the right thing to do."