"One day before Oregon’s usual Valentine’s Day statehood celebration this year, the Capitol was awash with reporters chasing a rare story on the abuse of access to power rather than the frosted sheet cake being handed out by the Oregon Wheat Growers League to mark the state’s 156th birthday.
In a state where ethical behavior is assumed rather than regulated, former Gov. John Kitzhaber offered his resignation in a pre-recorded speech heard in his reception room, while de facto-governor Kate Brown prepared for duty in the secretary of state’s office a floor below.
Kitzhaber was being investigated following media reports that his fiancé, a consultant, was selling access to the governor’s office and using state resources for personal gain, and that he blurred the line between his job as governor and his re-election campaign."
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The US Attorney's Office and federal investigators were contacted by victims and provided with additional information related to official corruption and stalking and were asked to investigate obstruction of justice as they are focused on the problem in Oregon under John Kitzhaber and Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum. Official corruption and targeting has been a longstanding problem which also was present under former Gov. Ted Kulongoski and former Attorney Generals Hardy Meyer and John Kroger. Witnesses with evidence were never contacted or interviewed.
Just a few examples of evidence of criminal activity traced to Oregon government offices that were provided:
A Senior Assistant Attorney General for the State of Oregon interviewed the above victim, a top residential real estate broker. Eight months later she contacted the victim and provided her with a list containing the names of four local attorneys and advised the victim to hire a attorney prior to resigning over ethics at the Oregon Department of Justice, stating "Interview these attorneys like I interviewed you. You don't want what happened to you to happen to anyone else."
*redacted to protect the victim's and attorney's identity. A forensic examiner for the state of Oregon confirmed the stalking and harassment but could not intervene due to a stated "conflict of interest". The stalking continued until 2013. Justice for victims like this has been actively obstructed by the Oregon Department of Justice on former Governor Ted Kulongoski's and John Kitzhaber's and now on Kate Brown's watch.
Then there are the crimes Oregon officials and law enforcement commit against government whistle blowers who bring threats towards Oregonians by union represented government employees to elected officials attention...total disregard for government employees constitutional right to due process and public name clearing hearings...
Exactly how many government whistle blowers, business owners and citizens have been harmed by Oregon officials political targeting and corruption? How many publicly-funded investigations have been tainted? How many elected officials "personal file drawers" hold incriminating evidence not disclosed in investigations and Public Records Requests? How many government whistle blowers and citizens have been shaken-down, extorted into paying hefty fines and slandered by officials, unions and the media without due process and public name clearing hearings?
And now that we know Oregon public officials know of this widespread corruption, WHO in authority will fully investigate all of the complaints and make the silent walking wounded whole? NO ONE. Because there is no integrity to be found. Not in the Governor's Office, not in the Oregon Department of Justice, not from Oregon judicial benches, not from the Oregon State Bar, not in the US Attorney's Office or the Portland Field Office of the FBI. Based on the established pattern of corruption in Oregon law enforcement and media, Oregonians will NEVER know the truth regarding official corruption in Oregon. And unfortunately because of this there will be many, many more victims.
In closing, evidence of criminal activity traced to state of Oregon government offices including the ODOJ was offered to the ACLU to assist them in identifying other victims at a time the ACLU was making public records requests related to allegations of digital misconduct at the ODOJ which included ODOJ staff spying on the head of the ODOJ's own civil rights division for using a "Black Lives Matter" hashtag.
The ACLU indicated it was not interested in additional evidence of digital criminal activity related to the ODOJ/Oregon government offices and rejected the caller, stating the non-profit either did not handle cases against corrupt government agencies that involved human rights violations such as the one reported, in addition to the volunteer stating that the agency was too busy to be bothered with it, asking the caller if they had ever donated money and/or time to the ACLU. The ACLU volunteer rejecting the offer of evidence suggested the caller was being "snarky" when expressing shock at the volunteer's disinterest in additional evidence of digital targeting and obstruction of justice at the ODOJ. You just can't make this stuff up.
Robert Kennedy used the phrase "small town crooks" to describe Oregon officials and law enforcement. Nothing's changed.
Good luck Oregonians!