Republican Files Ethics Complaint Against Oregon House Leader

An intraparty dispute grows larger.

Columbia County Republican candidate Drew Layda has filed complaints with the Oregon Government Ethics Commission against House Minority Leader Vikki Breese-Iverson, alleging the Prineville Republican used her elected office for personal gain.

In his complaint, Layda notes facts that WW first reported last year (”All in the Family,” Nov. 2, 2022): that after Breese-Iverson became leader of the House Republican caucus, it began spending large amounts of money with Iverson Media Group, which is owned by Breese-Iverson’s husband, Bryan Iverson.

“She was always integrally involved in her husband’s political consulting company and has personally profited directly or by common property law,” Layda wrote in his complaint.

Breese-Iverson says Layda is off-base: “Mr. Layda’s complaint before the OGEC is frivolous and without merit. I look forward to OGEC’s swift and thorough examination of the complaint.”

Layda may be familiar to readers as the 2022 primary opponent of state Rep. Brian Stout (R-Columbia City), who is now the subject of a five-year sexual abuse prevention order. Layda’s complaint also alleges Breese-Iverson conspired with Stout.

Stout says he hasn’t seen the complaint but is aware Layda is pursuing what Stout calls a “strange conspiracy theory.”

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