Apparently the hits don’t stop coming for Klamath Irrigation District Board of Directors Chairman Brent Cheyne and Director Smith.
After receiving a complaint alleging campaign financing violations, the Oregon Secretary of State Elections Division (SOS) sent letters to Chairman Cheyne and Mr. Smith along with a letter to KID patron Al Fronsdahl about the political activities surrounding the opposition to the KID recall elections. In it, the SOS asked specific questions regarding campaign finances, expenditures and contributions. The SOS requested a response date no later than October 7, 2016.
At the heart of the complaint is the SOS’s request for information regarding the organization calling itself “zones 1,2 & 3 patrons”. According to the letter, the Secretary of State’s office “conducted a search in the online ORESTAR application (which is used by candidates and political action committees to set up or file committee paperwork) and
searched for committees that are associated with the recall election; the search executed no results even though there is clearly political advocacy related to the recall being paid for and disseminated in the Klamath Irrigation District.”
In the letter to Fronsdahl, the SOS is investigating his actions of mailing or placing in mailboxes copies of a lengthy letter in support of the recalled candidates. In our investigation of the letter Mr. Frohnsdahl was placing in mailboxes (which is illegal), it appears to be the same message New York City attorney Lawrence Kogan outlined in an incredibly long memo. From the letter the SOS asks Fronsdahl, “If you are responsible for these advertising and mailings, please explain why you have not set up a committee to oppose the recall of each of the candidates.”
As we get closer to the October 12th recall election of Chairman Cheyne and Director Smith, these issues remain important. If they are involved in the actions the SOS is investigating, it shows even more reason why these two men need to be recalled. Aside from the obvious disregard for KID’s legal budget, the odd manner in which Kogan came to KID, the fact they stood in the way of the C Flume contract, or even the questionable decision to hire an irrigation district manager with no experience, these two continue to push their personal agenda over the needs of the irrigation district and its patrons.
Not only is it embarrassing they’re so nakedly pushing their own agendas, it’s dangerous.
For more details, read the press release “KID Recall Opponents Questioned by Oregon Secretary of State“, the Oregon Secretary of State’s letter to Chairman Cheyne and Mr. Smith, or the letter to Mr. Fronsdahl.