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Ethics Report: Bend Lawmaker Failed To Make Proper Financial Disclosures

Knute Buehler

Knute Buehler

Michael Clapp/OPB

Republican state Rep. Knute Buehler failed to properly disclose a $12,500 payment he received in 2013 for serving on the board of a Bend hospital to the Oregon Government Ethics Commission, according to a preliminary investigation by the commission’s staff.

But the investigation found that Buehler did make all the necessary disclosures for a series of payments he received from Michigan-based medical device maker Stryker Corp., totaling $96,000.

A $1,000 payment Buehler was alleged to have personally received from pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, meanwhile, was in fact a campaign contribution, the investigator found.

The investigation followed an ethics complaint filed against the Bend Republican and likely 2018 gubernatorial candidate by the Democratic Party of Oregon in April. The party identified the payments to Buehler, an orthopedic surgeon, using a federal database that tracks payments to physicians for consulting services, associated research and travel expenses.

Read more at the Register-Guard.

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