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Regarding US Attorney's Decision Not to Prosecute Former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber
Salem, OR—Today, the US Attorney announced the decision not to proceed with the federal prosecution of former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber. This decision does not change the fact that the Governor and Cylvia Hayes accepted money from those desiring to purchase influence.

It is unfortunate that the recent US Supreme Court decision regarding influence peddling by former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife has set the bar so high that it is now nearly impossible to bring federal charges in political corruption cases.

It is clear that Oregon and the nation still have a long way to go to restore trust in government. However, I'm grateful that Oregonians have placed me in a position to advocate for accountability and transparency in our state government.

Dennis Richardson


Improving Government