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Sat Jan 6, 2018, 10:45 PM

Former first lady Hayes faces $100,000-plus in fines for ethics violations

SALEM — The Oregon Government Ethics Commission on Friday unanimously voted that there is enough evidence to show former first lady Cylvia Hayes violated ethics law 22 times, largely by using her public position to win a paid fellowship and several contracts for her environmental consulting firm between 2011 and 2013.

Hayes served as a “super lobbyist” for private consulting clients who paid her to advocate on green energy, Commissioner Daniel Mason said.

Commissioner Nathan Sosa described her actions as “a case study in what you are not supposed to do as a public official. For that reason the statute gives us the authority to levy significant fines and I think that’s what we should do.”

Hayes and her attorney were absent from the meeting Friday where the commission reached its decision.

Read more: http://www.dailyastorian.com/da/capital-bureau/20180105/hayes-faces-100000-plus-in-fines-for-ethics-violations

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