Oregon Receives "F" Grade for Holding Public Officials Accountable

On November 9, The Center for Public Integrity released a report assessing the systems in place to deter corruption in state government. Sadly, Oregon received an “F” for holding public officials accountable. The state was ranked a C- the last time the report was released in 2012.

It is no surprise the report referenced the Kitzhaber scandal and the inadequate ethics reforms signed by Kate Brown.

Willamette Week highlighted more ethical issues in an article on Nov. 4, 2015: Emails Show Former Gov. John Kitzhaber Approved Loan That Aided Troubled Businessman Sho Dozono. Kitzhaber thought it “was a good investment” to use state funds to bail out a failing business colleague.

But wait, it’s still happening now!

On Nov. 2, 2015, again the Willamette Week featured the following article: Oracle Again Blasts Gov. Kate Brown, AG Ellen Rosenblum for “Abdicating” Responsibility to Release Kitzhaber Emails

“Oracle America Corp. remains extremely unhappy with Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum. This stems from the battle between Oregon and Oracle over who is responsible for the failure of Cover Oregon. If you’ve forgotten, that was the disastrous health insurance exchange website that cost the state $300 million.

In a Nov. 2 letter, Oracle's General Counsel, Dorian Daley, wrote that Brown's release of 35,000 pages of former Gov. John Kitzhaber's emails on Oct. 6 'utterly failed' to comply with Oregon's public records law."

This is what one-party rule does. It stymies transparency, rewards insiders, and ultimately hurts everyday Oregonians.