Friday, January 30, 2015

The Intersection Between Politics and Charities: Conflict of Interest

by Gary Snyder

A not infrequent story:

A Eugene nonprofit saw its funding from the state of Oregon soar eight-fold the year it put First Lady Cylvia Hayes on the payroll. Hayes only lasted in the job a few months, and right after she left, Gov. John Kitzhaber's administration cut state payments to the group to almost nothing. State records show that the nonprofit, Rural Development Initiatives, saw its state funding grow from $25,000 in 2010 to more than $214,000 in 2011, the year Hayes went to work there. RDI saw its state funding fall to just $2,500 the year after Hayes left. (source)

That’s not all:

Hayes in 2013 leveraged her position as first lady and policy adviser to Kitzhaber into private consulting contracts worth at least $85,000. EO Media reported Hayes was paid $118,000 for unspecified work by a now-defunct Washington, D.C., non-profit.

WWEEK has also reported that Hayes used state employees to help run her consulting business, and conducted private business while traveling at state expense. 

Hayes and Kitzhaber now face an Oregon Government Ethics Commission probe and an FBI criminal investigation.






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