The Oregon “green energy” influence peddling scandal

A green energy influence-buying scandal results in the resignation of Oregon’s Democratic governor. Here are the full facts of the crony green energy environmentalism which is central to the scandal, as reported by The Washington Times:

Oregon’s scandal centers around the governor’s fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, who has been acting first lady as she awaits her wedding to Mr. Kitzhaber.

While serving as an unpaid policy adviser for the governor’s office, Ms. Hayes collected $118,000 in fellowship and consulting fees from the Clean Economy Development Center, a Washington-based nonprofit, for work on low-carbon fuel standard legislation in Oregon.

Ms. Hayes never disclosed the payments on her ethics filings for the governor’s office.

The Clean Economy Development Center went out of business after the IRS pulled its tax-exempt status. Before it did, the center received funding for Ms. Hayes‘ fellowship from another nonprofit, the Energy Foundation, which in 2012 received $200,000 in funding from Mr. Steyer’s “TomKat” Charitable Trust, according to the group’s latest 990 tax form.

The Energy Foundation hired Ms. Hayes directly in 2013 for communications work, giving her a contract of $50,000, according to documents and interviews.

The web of payments, the failure to disclose and questions about influence peddling have prompted the state’s attorney general to open an ethics investigation. Republican state lawmakers also have demanded a suspension of the new fuel legislation, which would keep Oregon’s low carbon fuel standards in place instead of expiring this year.

Newsmax also points out an interesting and little known fact about the Clean Economy Development Center:

The center was later shut down after the IRS dropped its tax-exempt status, but before that happened it was given funding for Hayes’ fellowship from another nonprofit, the Energy Foundation, which — in turn — received $200,000 in financing in 2012 from Democratic bundler Steyer’s “TomKat” Charitable Trust.

This latest scandal goes to show not only the heavy amounts of environmentalist influence not only with these proposals but also the people who stood to benefit from them. It looks like John Kitzhaber was star struck with his new fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, and she was able to take advantage of the situation by pushing for green energy boondoggles while personally enriching themselves and some well-connected Democrats.

Hopefully this will have enough ramifications to put the brakes on other green energy efforts across the country. Renewable energy sources are just another jobs program to enrich environmentalist groups and Democrat Party insiders and would not do anything to reduce carbon emissions.