Sen. Bonham: Democrat Corruption as Republicans Hold Firm

From Oregon State Senator Daniel Bonham:

On Thursday, the majority of GOP Senators have hit their 10-days, meaning there is no turning back now. We are in it for the long haul. Oregon is in a leadership crisis. Democrats in Salem think and behave as if they are above the law. We can play their game or rise above it. We are rising above it.

With decades of control over the Oregon government, prioritizing their extreme partisan agenda, as opposed to focusing on what Oregonians need and want, the Democrats in power have eroded trust in the political process.

The oath of office is essential, and when I swore to uphold the law and the Constitution – I meant it. I will not sit by and help move along the majority party’s extreme agenda – especially with its complete and obvious dismissal of the law.

As a reminder, Senate Republicans and Independents are currently protesting the unconstitutional actions of the majority party by exercising our constitutional right to deny quorum or the minimum number of Senators required to conduct business on the Senate Floor.

The backdrop to the walkout my colleagues and I are engaging in, are some explosive news stories about Democrat corruption.

Many of these stories center around an unhinged marijuana business, La Mota. To kick things off, former-Secretary of State Shemia Fagan was ousted from office after the Willamette Week discovered she had been “moonlighting” as a consultant for the marijuana dispensary to the tune of $10,000 a month. She was using her high-ranking leadership position to advance the marijuana agenda in the state. La Mota’s “troubled cannabis couple” were actually in front of a camera when the news of Fagan’s resignation broke.

After that news broke, it was swiftly uncovered that many Democrat leaders had accepted stacks of cash, upwards of $10,000 a month, from La Mota in campaign donations. As elected Democrats in Salem are trying to pass legislation that would give small dollar donations an 8 to 1 match from the state (your tax dollars), it is obvious our state needs meaningful campaign finance reform. Democrats should have known that taking massive sums of cash from a company that owes significant back taxes to the state of Oregon was a bad idea; their actions continues to foster a culture of corruption.