Top advisers to the billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer helped run a green group, financed in part by Steyer himself, that is at the center of a corruption scandal that could force the Democratic governor of Oregon to resign.◼ Embattled Oregon Gov. Kitzhaber announces resignation - FOX
An executive at one of Steyer’s nonprofit groups and a political vendor who has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the hedge fund manager’s political operations helped run the group, which is accused of influencing state energy policy through undisclosed payments to Oregon’s first lady.
The controversy centers on Gov. John Kitzhaber’s fiancée, Cylvia Hayes. She was paid $118,000 by the Clean Energy Development Center (CEDC) to advocate for environmentalist policies in Oregon.
Hayes never disclosed those payments, despite acting as an informal adviser to the governor as he pushed a low-carbon fuel standard for the state.
◼ An emotional John Kitzhaber announced his resignation as governor of Oregon on Friday, acknowledging he had "become a liability" to his state but asserting his innocence of any wrongdoing in a scandal surrounding his fiancee's consulting and policy work. - CNN
◼ Oregon´s Lady Macbeth - Daily Beast
On the surface, Cylvia Hayes looked like the perfect First Lady of Oregon: neat, brown hair; wide, toothy grin; conservative clothing and a warm demeanor. She came from made-for-campaign-literature beginnings and had a cause to which she devoted her life. But Hayes also had secrets: a past life as the green-card wife of an Ethiopian teenager, plans to use a 60-acre farm in rural Washington to grow marijuana, and a suspicious amount of influence in the gubernatorial administration of her boyfriend, all of which raised questions about a conflict of interest with her own work as a policy consultant.◼ Meet The Corrupt, Serial-Marrying, Tree-Hugging Femme Fatale Who Brought Down Oregon’s Governor - Daily Caller
On Thursday, outrage over Hayes’ multiple scandals reached its conclusion. Her fiancé, Gov. John Kitzhaber, resigned, putting an end to his more than three-decades-long career in Oregon politics, 20 years of which were spent in the governor’s office.
“I am in love,” Kitzhaber said when asked about Hayes’ alleged wrongdoings at a press conference on Jan. 30. “I have no regrets over my personal relationship with Cylvia Hayes. She is a wonderful lady.”
The green energy scandal involved consulting and policy work conducted by Hayes. Reports have revealed that she was advising several state employees on energy policy while simultaneously receiving substantial payments from the Clean Economy Development Center — a direct and obvious conflict of interest.◼ CBS News Reports on Corrupt Oregon Governor’s Resignation; Leaves Out One Key Detail - TPNN
Hayes was paid $118,000 in recent years to lobby for global warming regulations on transportation fuel, according to reports. She received another $40,000 from the San Francisco-based Energy Foundation, which is connected to lefty billionaire Tom Steyer.
Hayes used her access to the Oregon governor’s mansion to hold meetings and peddle green energy policies....
Hayes, 47, is a graduate of The Evergreen State College, an exceedingly liberal taxpayer-funded school with lax admission standards that specializes in educating slacker leftists. Of course, “educating” is a strong word. The taxpayer-funded college has no grades. Instead, professors write narrative evaluations of each student’s work....KEEP READING
...In another long line of leftstream biases, the news of Kitzhaber’s demise has been all but ignored by old media, and there’s a very good reason.
Analysis performed by Newsbusters, ABC News’ David Muir spent only 17 seconds reporting on Kitzhaber, while CBS News’ Scott Pelley only gave the huge story 20 seconds time.
The reason? Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is a Democrat you see. In fact, on the CBS Evening News, Pelley conveniently failed to mention Kitzhaber’s affiliation with the Democrat Party.
Rest assured that if Kitzhaber were a Republican, his party affiliation would have been shouted from the rooftops and the story would have received much more coverage than a 20-second flyover.
WSJ: Oregon Gov. scandal 'exposes underside of big-money, insider politics that dominates environmental movement.' http://t.co/k7JrsDCQer— JunkScience.com (@JunkScience) February 16, 2015