Please support an Oregon hero – whistleblower Michael Rodgers

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Rep. Knute Buehler

This week we learned the identity of an Oregon hero – Michael Rodgers.

Like many heroes, Michael Rodgers is neither wealthy nor powerful. But when confronted with a difficult choice, he simply did the right thing.

In the face of indifference at best – or intimidation at worst – he blew the whistle on potential corruption at the highest levels of our government.

Now Michael Rodgers must defend himself, his job and his reputation from the very government he has served and sought to protect. He deserves our respect and our support, not the burden of mounting legal bills.

On Wednesday, I made a personal contribution to support Mr. Rodgers and his legal defense. Today, I’m asking you to join me.

Click here to make a contribution to Michael’s legal defense fund.

Four months ago, the Governor resigned under pressure from the leaders of his own political party. Like those leaders who called for Kitzhaber’s resignation, Rodgers demonstrated courage by putting the interests of Oregon ahead of a single person or political party.

He did what was right, not what was comfortable or easy.

In response, Governor Kitzhaber and Ms. Hayes have hired the best lawyers money can buy, have sought to block public access to public information and even attempted to have the taxpayers pay for their legal defense.

Last month, I introduced important legislation that protects whistleblowers from unfair and unjust government prosecution. I urge our legislative leaders and Governor to act with the same courage and pass the bill into law before the legislative session adjourns in just a few short weeks.

Michael Rodgers, a 15-year state employee, acted in a manner consistent with our greatest American values of fairness, transparency and accountability. He is a hero – not a criminal.

Join me and support his legal defense fund. Click here:

UPDATE 5/31/2015 Salem Statesman Journal: Doing the right thing, even if for the wrong reason

UPDATE 6/1/2015 Eugene Register-Guard: Rodgers’ instinct was right – He ensured Kitzhaber’s emails were preserved

UPDATE 6/2/2015 Willamette Week: Gov. Kate Brown Says the Man Who Leaked Kitzhaber’s Emails Should Not Be Prosecuted

UPDATE 6/2/2015 Salem Statesman Journal: Gov. Brown: Do not pursue charges against email whistleblower

UPDATE 6/2/2015 Gov. Kate Brown press release: Not in public’s interest to pursue a case against whistleblower Michael Rodgers

UPDATE 6/3/2015 MSNBC: Oregon lawmaker defending state employee facing prosecution for exposing wrongdoing by former Gov. John Kitzhaber
Joe Scarborough “I don’t know What the hell’s going on in Oregon”

UPDATE 6/3/2015 Associated Press: Whistleblower (Kitzhaber email leaker) won’t face charges


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  • Please help me too!!

    I blew the whistle on the most criminal official, late Dave Frohnmayer & his bank robber Rep. Bob Ackerman who forged my family’s signatures & mine too, sold our fully paid condo. Then, kicked me out.

    Please sign petition.

  • CherryAnn1000

    This man, a govt employee, did what was right, not expedient, and for that he is to be commended. I hope everyone stands by him at this time and makes it real clear to govt that we aren’t going to stand for any more shenanigans.

  • guest

    Michael Rogers would quantify as a right-on Secretary of State. Knute Buehler as a governor, of course. Let’s keep the momentum going and decertify the Dem insanity controlling Oregon since 1988.

  • Southsalem

    Please, he is just out on a public sympathy campaign in the media. People that steal, then directly lie to investigators know they’ve done something very wrong, not because they were afraid of exposing the truth or doing what was morally right. If the state doesn’t prosecute him, hopefully the Federal Govt. does.

    • guest

      Prison orange seemingly suits [caught with pants down] ‘John’ Kitzhaber and his Ms. define Cylvia Hayes.
      As for Michael Rogers, deserving of an standing round of applause from the citizenry of Oregon.
      Alas, too much to ask of curse, yet an appointment from Kate Brown to replace the malfeasant Michael Jordan, now a parolee off to other good ol’ boy pastures shepherded by the DEMocratic syndicate rolling over Oregon since 1988.

      • D’oh by the way

        butt Dem that would be like a Makah tribal member shooting a gray whale while ignoring the Orca’s lavishly feeding in her own tribal cussed bay.

  • Ron Overlie

    This is nothing more than their only and last chance to cover up the truth! They could never allow this man to take the stand in front of a judge and jury! His testimony would expose more crime and corruption within the State Government than you could ever imagine. I would love to see him or any one of the many whistleblowers get the chance to step up and raise their right hand in front of a Federal judge and jury and tell their story…including myself! None of us will ever get the opportunity however. They threaten us with criminal charges only to intimidate us, but they would never follow through to a trial!
    I too am a whistleblower against these corrupt criminals. I told the truth and exposed a cover up by Michael Jordan of serious felony crimes and embezzlement he was involved in. Their first move was to attempt intimidate me into silence with threats of pinning these crimes somehow on me and arresting me. In response to that I told the crooked detective they assigned to the case ( the same Fairview detective involved in the prior cover up) to go ahead and arrest me, then get me an attorney. His next move was to offer me a bribe for my silence! Well, let me be perfectly clear about that! He asked me what I wanted… He didn’t offer me anything! My reply was ” The last time I heard those words, they came from the corporate v.p. of the sub contractor I worked for. Just before he offered me the managers job! Are you detective ( I shouldn’t mention his name on a public forum… He wouldn’t like that.) Brad Robertson offering me a bribe? Not you, the State Investigator (Lynne Nelson) nor Michael Jordan himself could possibly offer me enough money to buy my silence! Is that camera on? And if not… Why isn’t it on?” Detective Robertson’s reply… “No it isn’t on, and I think we are done here.” I told him that “I knew he and Nelson were involved in the cover up of Jordan’s crimes in Jan. Of 2011, that they ordered my friend to lie on an affidavit concerning the case, and that I couldn’t wait to testify against him at his trial! That he was going to prison along with Jordan and Nelson! That I would tell everybody I could, about what he had done! That the only thing worse than a corrupt public official… Is a crooked cop! That I hoped that the feather in his cap they gave him for his lack of integrity ( named him police officer of the year 4 days after Kitzhaber made Jordan the States first ever C.O.O.) was worth it! That if he wanted to shut me up… That he was going to have to shoot me! Am I free to go detective?” And walked out of his Fairview interrogation room into the open arms of Oregonian reporter Steve Bevin who was waiting for me in the lobby of the Fairview police department! I told him everything! He printed little to nothing of what I told him! At the time the Oregonian chose to help Jordan rather than report the truth! That is when my troubles really began! Threats, harassment, intimidation, financial sanctions, criminal accusations and attempts to discredit me, by the vary people who swore an oath to protect me. What you people must understand is that ones integrity is a commodity to these people. It’s value is determined by the owner. Fore some it can be sold for money, for others power, for others a worthless feather in a cap! I view mine as priceless, not for sale to anyone for any price!
    Mr. Rodgers was faced with a choice, follow orders he knew to be criminal, sacrifice his integrity and keep quiet. Or… Maintain his integrity, make copy’s of the evidence and turn it over before it could be deleted and covered up forever? The courage it took to do what he did, knowing what he would be facing for doing the right thing…HEROIC!!! Here is a man who refuses to sell his integrity, and is willing to stand up for all of us! Thank you Michael Rodgers!

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