No outcome yet on Breidenthal inquiries

A year or more ago there were some stories in the Mail Tribune about former Jackson County Commissioner Doug Breidenthal being investigated by the Oregon Ethics Commission. Did anything ever come of that? Either way, it would be nice to hear the outcome.

— Tanya B.

Yes, it would be nice to hear the outcome, Tanya, but the two separate investigations into Breidenthal haven’t been completed by the Ethics Commission.

County Auditor Eric Spivak filed a complaint in October 2015 with the Oregon Government Ethics Commission, citing his concerns about a campaign account Breidenthal used to help win the vice president seat on the National Association of Counties’ Western Interstate Region.

A separate investigation began in April 2017 when the Ethics Commission voted to investigate another complaint filed by Spivak that Breidenthal may have used his official position for financial gain for his cannabis businesses. The investigation began after Breidenthal was videotaped receiving cash payments from a cannabis business while he was still in office.

According to the Ethics Commission, both complaints are still under investigation.

The 2015 investigation was put on hold when the Department of Justice conducted its own investigation. The DOJ’s probe found Breidenthal hadn’t violated any criminal laws.

Breidenthal’s term as commissioner ended in January 2017.

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