It's somewhat surprising that a national financial publication would take a look at Oregon Democratic Brad Avakian and his effort to win election to the office of Secretary of State, but they did - and they didn't like what they found. They documented his politicization of the Bureau of Labor and Industries, his commingling of campaign and state funding, and his pattern of cronyism while in that office. As they sum it up:
Our audit of Brad Avakian’s governance shows a repeated pattern of questionable ethics and public trust violations, with allegations leading to potential violations of established Oregon law.
Rather than focusing on waste, fraud and taxpayer abuse within state agencies, instead, Avakian’s 2016 campaign platform would vastly expand the authority of the Secretary of State’s office to audit private sector employers. This platform – and Avakian’s ethical double standards – should upset progressives, independents and conservatives.
To say he's a power-hungry, money-grubbing nutball would be to understate the facts.