|For Immediate Release
Contact: Molly Woon
press [at] dpo [dot] org
Elections Complaint Filed Against Shadowy Republican PAC
PORTLAND — The Democratic Party of Oregon filed an elections law complaint today against the No Supermajorities PAC, a shadowy Republican political action committee being financed by right-wing business interests. The complaint faults House Republican Leader Mike McLane for failing to disclose himself as a candidate controlling the committee.
Oregon law requires candidates with direct or indirect control of a PAC to be listed on the filing with the state. In this case, McLane is not listed as being associated with the PAC, in spite of the Republican leader’s clear involvement with the PAC.
“From Priority Oregon to this shady attempt to conceal who’s in charge at No Supermajorities PAC, Republicans are playing fast and loose with the rules this election,” said Jeanne Atkins, Chair of the Democratic Party of Oregon. “House Republicans, in particular, need to come clean on how they’re funding their races this election cycle.”
According to the Oregon Secretary of State:
Currently listed as directors on the No Supermajorities PAC are Preston Mann, Executive Director of Promote Oregon, the campaign arm of the Oregon House Republicans, which McLane controls; and Paul Rainey, former Caucus Administrator for Oregon Senate Republicans.
“It’s clear Republicans aren’t following the rules here,” Atkins added. “Only Representative McLane can answer whether this is an intentional attempt to deceive the public or just sloppy bookkeeping. Either way, they owe Oregonians an apology and an explanation.”