RELEASE: Legislation Submitted to Close “Paul Evans Loophole”

October 6, 2016

SALEM— Oregon State Representative Greg Barreto submitted legislation Sept. 26 to further clarify that the use of state resources by politicians for personal or campaign-related use as a violation of Oregon ethics laws.

The new legislation is believed to be in part due to an ethics complaint filed against Rep. Paul Evans in August, claiming he used his state email address to solicit attendance of his campaign fundraiser.

Though the Oregon Government Ethics Commission dismissed the claim, some maintain that Evans’ actions were a clear violation.

David Huguenel, who filed the ethics complaint told the Statesman Journal, “I trust lawmakers will be making a change next year in light of Rep. Evans’ behavior.”

Laura Morett, candidate for HD20 responded to the news regarding Rep. Barreto’s proposed legislation:

“This type of corrupt politics has got to stop,” Morett said. “Telling a voter they need to attend a fundraiser in order to get access to you is unbelievable. This has got to stop, and he has got to go.”

To read more about the new legislation and how it relates to Paul Evans, click here.


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