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Congressman Calls For Federal Investigation Into Misuse Of Public Funds To Oppose Oregon’s Measure 91

oregon measure 91 marijuana legalizationA Political Scandal Is Brewing In Oregon, Where Tax Payer Dollars Were Allegedly Used To Oppose A Marijuana Legalization Initiative

A political scandal is brewing in Oregon, where tax payer dollars have allegedly been used to oppose a marijuana legalization initiative. If it’s true, which more and more evidence is being discovered almost daily, this is a clear violation of election laws. Members of law enforcement in Oregon were busted in 2010 for violating election laws when they campaigned against a medical marijuana initiative. Public employees cannot campaign for or against political initiatives, marijuana or otherwise. The scandal is heating up, with Federal Congressman Earl Blumenauer calling for an investigation into the new allegations. I received the following e-mail this morning when I woke up:

WHAT: Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) will be available to speak with members of the media regarding his call for the Directors of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Substance and Mental Health Services Administration to investigate the use of public funds for political purposes against the upcoming Oregon marijuana initiative.

Attached is the Congressman’s letter and supporting material.

WHERE: Rep. Blumenauer’s District Office
729 NE Oregon Street, Suite #115
Portland, Oregon 97232

WHEN: Friday, September 5, 2014 11:00 A.M—12:00 P.M.

The supporting material and letter can be read at this link here. This is an evolving story, and I’ll update this article as I hear more.

  • Chip Dooley

    Yeah but with Obama and Holder who are clearly against it now will do everything they can to stop it. I hope not but just feeling that way the way our country is being ran today

    • Johnny Bloomington

      They did let Washington and Colorado precede with legalization.

      • Chip Dooley

        No they did not the people did just like in 21 other state the Feds it’s still illegal and 5 years minimum to 20 years. Check out federal law

      • Chip Dooley

        But it is still illegal under federal guide lines and still do time in prison(federal) not jail(state) last 2 weeks a Co grow sites where raided, legal ones too, haven’t heard what happen since

  • Correction: *federal* employees are allowed to campaign for or against ballot measures, even while working. The Hatch Act carves out a specific exemption for initiatives (which are referred to as nonpartisan elections), as the Marijuana Policy Project found out a decade ago, and the Oregon Marijuana Initiative discovered in the 1980s. That includes using their offices, official stationery, postage, etc. State, county, and municipal employees on the other hand are not. It’s a big distinction.
    The other question would concern use of federal grants or other federal funds by nonprofits and other agencies to campaign, which is not allowed even for so-called “nonpartisan” elections.
    See for example http://www.mpp.org/our-work/campaigns/drug-czar/office-of-special-counsel.html

  • stellarvoyager

    You know, when this story about the taxpayer-funded anti-marijuana propaganda tour first broke, I had a feeling that it would backfire on them, that there would be a backlash against the use of public funds to influence an election. However, at the time, I had no idea just how swift and severe that backlash would be. I have to say that I am impressed with the scale of the response of our side to this misuse of public funds. I remember a time when one dare not question an anti-marijuana campaign. Now, these prohibs can’t get away so easily with bullying the cannabis community, because we have clout and we fight back when the opposition wages an unfair and illegal campaign. Kudos to those in and out of the campaign who thus far have so skillfully and rapidly responded to this propaganda tour.

  • Choom Gang

    This summer I read the book, Propaganda, by Edward Bernays. It’s an old book, but the principals are timeless.

    So, when a federal congressman wants an investigation on a political issue, it is a very big deal on the propaganda front, or maybe I should use the modern term “public relations”. Conviction or not, this is already a huge public relations victory for measure 91.

    P.S.
    Please say measure 91 three times for good luck. :)

  • Captain Obvious

    Hopefully this leads to similar propaganda scrutiny of its sources in other states to bring the power back to the people.

  • Conservative Christian

    Let’s start doing unto others as we would have them do unto us. None of us would want our kids put in jail over a little marijuana. None of us would want the police to confiscate and sell our parents’ home because they grew a couple of plants to help with the aches and pains of growing older. Let’s start treating other people the way we would want to be treated.

  • Dabner

    Beyond the obtuse public funds issue lies the 501(c)(3) corporation Oregon State Sheriffs Association (OSSA).
    On the very front page of their website Gary Bettencourt as a public official is openly campaigning against measure 91.
    This is illegal under both state law, and federal 501(c)(3) rules.

    • joe

      If this was us a normal Joe. We would be on jail. But in Oregon police think they are gods. Just drive around Salem if your black or Mex down Lancaster blvd.

  • painkills2

    Federal investigations used to carry weight, but lately they’ve not proven to be that helpful. It took years for the feds to investigate the police here in Albuquerque, and the two groups finally entered into a settlement agreement — and yet nothing has changed.

  • mike1188

    Of course it’s political, the only thing these guys care about at the end of the day is power and back door deals that will make them rich.