Oregon has a specific law authored by Kate Brown and passed by the Legislature, that limits how much money lobbyists can spend on Legislators. It also prohibits ex-lawmakers from lobbying their ex-colleagues for two years after they leave the Legislature. But now we learn that the head bureaucrat at the Ethics Commission issued what Willamette Week calls “a puzzling opinion” that exempts the governor from her own law.
Notice I called it an opinion. That's exactly what it is: an opinion. It has no more legal weight than my opinion or your opinion.
The law that was passed didn't exempt the governor. And it certainly didn't exempt the governor's 52 lobbyists. What it did was make the governor's 52 lobbyists less accountable than any other lobbyists.
Maybe that's why Willamette Week named Kate Brown and Ethics Commission director Ron Birsin co-Rogues of the Week.
And this from the self proclaimed most transparent Oregon governor, Kate Brown!
(Jeff Kropf is a former state representative from House District 17, which includes portions of Linn and Marion counties.)