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Ex-Oregon Gov. Kitzhaber Violated Ethics Laws 11 Times, Report Finds


Former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber resigned in 2015 amid suspicion that his fiancee used her relationship with him to secure consulting contracts. 

Former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber resigned in 2015 amid suspicion that his fiancee used her relationship with him to secure consulting contracts. 

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Former Gov. John Kitzhaber allegedly violated state ethics laws 11 times during his third and fourth terms as governor, according to an investigative report released Wednesday.

The new Oregon Government Ethics Commission report outlines a suite of alleged violations. The commission is poised to vote Friday on whether it agrees with its staff’s findings.

He used his office for financial gain, or to avoid financial problems, for former First Lady Cylvia Hayes and her consulting firm, 3EStrategies, the report said.

Kitzhaber failed to follow state laws to handle “potential conflicts of interest” when he took actions that may have impacted the consulting firm’s financial interests, the report said.

Read the whole story at the Statesman Journal.

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