As Shift reported in October, Oregon’s first lady Cylvia Hayes—the fiancé of Gov. John Kitzhaber—may have violated state law by advising her fiancé on “economic and energy policies while accepting payments from private advocacy groups seeking to influence those same policies.” Under Oregon law, public officials are prohibited from “using their positions in government for their private benefit.”
Willamette Week reported that, in 2013, Hayes “signed private consulting contracts with three advocacy groups that were seeking to influence state and regional policy.” Of course, the groups in question are all environmental companies that advocate the Left’s global warming agenda. The contracts were worth $85,000.
According to Willamette Week, Hayes also “benefited from $35,000 spent by the Oregon Business Council—an advocacy group close to Kitzhaber—to provide her with a spokeswoman.” The spokeswoman “helped publicize Hayes’ work on the Oregon Prosperity Initiative, a state program Hayes leads on Kitzhaber’s behalf.” Follow-up stories reveal Hayes’ use of public resources and a state-paid assistant to help with her private consulting work. Most recently, a series of emails prove that Hayes conducted meetings on behalf of her private clients while on a taxpayer-funded trip to Seattle.
In short, a host of evidence exist that links Hayes to corrupt, illegal activities. That’s why it’s not surprising that new reports confirm that the FBI has opened an investigation into Hayes.
Meanwhile, Oregon’s legislative session will commence in the coming weeks. The Legislature—controlled by Democrats—will consider implementing a fuel mandate. The fuel mandate is Kitzhaber’s policy… on a subject that his fiancé advised him while on the pay roll of environmental advocacy groups. Did we mention the overwhelming majority of Oregonians do not want a fuel mandate?