Profiles in Corruption: The People of Oregon Drowned Out While Politicians Swim in a Pool of Cash from Government Contractors
By TBOR Staff
AUBURN, AL- At Take Back Our Republic, we thoroughly enjoy highlighting genuine reform efforts. On the other hand, we do feel compelled to perform the less pleasurable task of pointing out heinous corruption where it exists.
Today, we look at Oregon- where Governor Kate Brown and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum take their citizens money, distribute it to contractors, and then collect hefty campaign contributions from those government beneficiaries.
A recent article touts the $805,876 given to the two officials- $518,203 to Brown and $287,673 to Rosenblum- by government contractors since 2012. According to Forbes, these amounts, given by companies and affiliated employees of contractors that hold $2.6 billion in lifetime contracts, represent 57% of cash on hand of the two committees.
Law firms holding contracts with the state are contributing heavily to the two candidates, more so to Rosenblum, and major national and international corporations are following suit.
Against such an onslaught of big, interested, money, how can we expect Oregonians to have any real influence on their officials?
Take Back Our Republic does not believe political money is evil. What we do believe, however, is that campaign contributions have a profound ability to influence officials- especially when big moneyed special interests have the ability to make up such a sizeable portion of campaign funds.
We believe Oregon needs reform, and, while we are not accusing Brown or Rosenblum of being influenced, they are certainly opening themselves up to it. What do you think? Join the conversation at https://www.facebook.com/takebackorg/ and continue to check Take Back.org for the latest thoughts on reform. We want to hear from you.
The Forbes article can be found here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/adamandrzejewski/2017/02/13/blazing-the-oregon-trail-of-pinstripe-patronage-gov-kate-brown-attorney-general-ellen-rosenblum/#2884f6d3402d.