Oracle Files New Lawsuit Against Patricia McCaig and Other Kitzhaber Campaign Advisers

Software giant, seeking $23 million in damages, alleges the consultants interfered with Cover Oregon for political reasons.


Oracle America Corp. today filed a lawsuit in Multnomah County Court against the campaign consultants for former Gov. John Kitzhaber. The lawsuit alleges the consultants interfered with the state's handling of the troubled Cover Oregon health care web site in order to help Kitzhaber get re-elected.The lawsuit names as defendants Patricia McCaig, Kevin Looper, Scott Nelson, Tim Raphael and Mark Wiener. ...   More
Thursday, February 26, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber Finally Discloses the Role of Campaign Adviser Patricia McCaig


Gov. John Kitzhaber's campaign today disclosed a $10,000 expenditure to the political consultant Patricia McCaig.As WW reported on Sept. 24, McCaig, who ran Kitzhaber's 2010 general election campaign, has been working for the governor's  re-election campaign without Kitzhaber disclosing her role in his campaign finance reports.Following that story, Kitzhaber's campaign on Sept. 30 disclosed $3,000 ...   More
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Elections Division Legal Opinion Good News for Kitzhaber, McCaig


The Secretary of State's Elections Division today provided an answer to a burning question in the governor's race—can a normally highly-paid political consultant provide her services to a campaign for free and without disclosure? The question arose after WW reported recently that the political consultant Patricia McCaig, who ran Gov. John Kitzhaber's general election campaign in 2010, has been providing ...   More
Thursday, October 2, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Gov. John Kitzhaber and Rep. Dennis Richardson Face Questions on Ethics During TV Debate

Richardson slams Kitzhaber on role of adviser Patricia McCaig.


The two leading candidates for Oregon governor faced questions today about ethics and whether they are giving the public a clear picture of their campaigns’ finances. Gov. John Kitzhaber and his challenger, Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point), appeared at a televised debate sponsored by the Oregon Association of Broadcasters this morning in Sunriver, and both were ...   More
Friday, September 26, 2014 WW Staff

Working Off the Books

Contrary to state election laws, Gov. John Kitzhaber has failed to disclose the role of a key campaign consultant.

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Gov. John Kitzhaber has reported all kinds of ways he’s spent money this year in pursuit of re-election: printing campaign literature, running his Kitzhaber 2014 website and employing a full-t   More
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

State Investigator Recommends Dismissing Ethics Complaint Against CRC Adviser Patricia McCaig


A state investigator today issued a report recommending the dismissal of an ethics complaint against Patricia McCaig, Gov. John Kitzhaber's top adviser on the Columbia River Crossing.The investigator with the Oregon Government Ethics Commission says in a 41-page report that McCaig did not break the law by failing to register as a lobbyist while working for the governor and a contractor on the CRC project. ...   More
Friday, January 31, 2014 AARON MESH

Ethics Commission Delays Decision on Patricia McCaig


As expected, the Oregon Government Ethics Commission this morning extended its investigation into the activities of Patricia McCaig, Gov. John Kitzhaber's advisor on the Columbia River Crossing project, for another month. A WW cover story last year described the ways in which McCaig, who in addition to advising Kitzhaber, draw a paycheck from the engineering firm David Evans and Associates, the top ...   More
Friday, January 3, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler Calls Columbia River Crossing's September Deadline into Question


Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler is calling into question the ambitious September-or-bust timeline given by backers trying to sustain the ailing Columbia River Crossing.In a terse letter (PDF) sent today to Gov. John Kitzhaber's top adviser on the project, Patricia McCaig, Wheeler says CRC staff are "going to have to make a great leap forward in a short period of time to provide legally adequate ...   More
Monday, August 19, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Kitzhaber's Top Columbia River Crossing Adviser, Patricia McCaig, Under Ethics Investigation


The Oregon Government Ethics Commission today voted to formally investigate potential ethics law violations by Gov. John Kitzhaber's top adviser on the Columbia River Crossing.Patricia McCaig, who orchestrated Kitzhaber's successful push to get the now-defunct $3.5 billion project through the Oregon Legislature, is being investigated for the possible violation of eight ethics laws, a preliminary ...   More
Friday, July 12, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

CRC Foe Says Gregoire's Retirement Doomed Project


The governors of Oregon and Washington say the Columbia River Crossing is dead.The Washington senate rejected a transportation bill Saturday that contained the state's $450 million share of the $3.5 billion CRC. The outcome, thanks to the staunch opposition of the Republican majority state Senate, was largely seen as inevitable.But, Republicans aside, there are signs that Gov. Jay Inslee may have not ...   More
Monday, July 1, 2013 by Andrea Damewood


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