Controversial pot biz $$ tied to Kotek, Fagan

By Taxpayers Association of Oregon

The founders of La Mota, Oregon’s second-largest cannabis dispensary chain (32 shops), bankrolled Democrat candidates for state and local offices while failing to pay their bills and taxes, according to an investigation by Willamette Week.  The newspaper reported that Rosa Cazares hosted a fundraiser for Tina Kotek, who won her race for Oregon governor, in a Northwest hills mansion in Portland in May 2022.  Cazares hosted fundraisers for Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan and Multnomah County Chair Jessica Vega Pederson. But Willamette Week reported that Cazares and Mitchell rented the mansion from Vacasa founder Eric Breon, who sued the couple in Multnomah County Circuit Court twice for unpaid rent and damage to the home. In addition, the Oregon Department of Revenue issued more than $1.6 million in tax liens against the couple and La Mota, while at the federal level, the IRS placed liens on both Cazares and Mitchell alleging $1.4 million in nonpayment of personal income and employment taxes. For more information, see the entire story at Willamette Week.

This controversial money seems to be exactly like the money Governor Tina Kotek took from the ponzi scheme cryptocurrency firm, FTX, and was even reported under a false name when the donation was provided.  The ponzi scheme firm, even cheated and lost money from several government pension funds.

Taxpayers Association previously reported,

The Sam Bankman-Fried FTX crypto-Ponzi scheme scandal is getting worse.  This firm, FTX, is behind a half million in donations to the Oregon Democrat Party which helped steer most of their funds to Governor candidate Tina Kotek ($2.6 million).    There are two reasons this donation was scandalous.  #1. The donation was given in a false name and only after the election it was discovered the true source as FTX.

Secondly, the donation is part of a Ponzi-scheme that cheated people out of billions.

• Ohio teachers lost their investment funds in FTX collapse.

• Canadian teachers lost $95 million.

• New York and Missouri public employees had pension fund losses as well.


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