Sec-of-State under fire for pot consulting job

By Taxpayers Association of Oregon

The Willamette Week reports, “In a remarkable turn of events, Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan confirms in response to questions from WW that she entered into an agreement in February to provide consulting services to an affiliate of the troubled La Mota cannabis dispensary chain.  As WW has previously reported, the owners of La Mota were also major donors to Fagan’s election campaign and have been under the scrutiny of at least two state agencies, the Oregon Department of Revenue and the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission.”

Why would the Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan step into this conflict in the middle of their investigation?

This is not the first time Shemia Fagan has shown blatant conflict of interest.  She hired as her top election director a former head of the Oregon Democrat Party Molly Woon.   That also shows bias.  But there is more.

The Oregonian reports, “Oregon’s new elections director will not recuse herself from the investigation into a $500,000 donation the Democratic Party of Oregon received from an FTX executive last year even though she previously worked as a top employee of the party. Ben Morris, a spokesperson for Secretary of State Shemia Fagan, confirmed this week that elections director Molly Woon will continue to oversee the high-profile investigation…In early October, the Democratic Party of Oregon accepted its largest ever donation on record in the state’s campaign finance database: $500,000, which the party claimed was from a Las Vegas cryptocurrency company Prime Trust. But Prime Trust was not the actual donor. After The Oregonian/OregonLive contacted Prime Trust and learned it was not the donor, the state Democratic Party revealed that Nishad Singh, the director of engineering for the cryptocurrency exchange FTX, had in fact donated the money.”

This is two conflict of interest scandals in just 100 days.

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