US: Two Oregon senators seek federal investigation into campaign contributions

Two state senators want Oregon U.S. Attorney Natalie Wight’s office to investigate cash donations from cannabis company owners to state politicians.

Sens. Brian Boquist, I-Dallas, and Art Robinson, R-Cave Junction, sent the letter to the U.S. Attorney’s office on Friday. They made the request after reading a Willamette Week article about operators of the La Mota cannabis company giving thousands in cash campaign donations to prominent politicians, including Gov. Tina Kotek and Senate President Rob Wagner, and former Secretary of State Shemia Fagan, all Democrats.

Fagan resigned from office after she admitted to inking a $10,000-a-month consulting agreement with the cannabis company and sought their input on a state audit.

“Many of these cash campaigns or other donations exceeded $10,000 from federally illegal drug operations,” the senators said in the letter, referencing marijuana’s status as a federally controlled substance.  Spokespeople for Kotek and Wagner didn’t have any immediate comment.


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