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Emails Suggest “Conflict of Interest” Between Oregon BOLI and Activist Group in Decision to Fine Cake Bakers

The Daily Signal has uncovered communications between Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industry and Basic Rights Oregon, an LGBT advocacy organization, suggestion collusion in the decision to fine owners of a bakery that refused to participate in same-sex weddings:

Communications obtained through a public records request show employees of the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries—which pursued the case against the Kleins—participating in phone calls, texting, and attending meetings with Basic Rights Oregon, the largest LGBT advocacy group in the state.

“That’s a clear conflict of interest,” Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal.

The entire article can be read here.

2nd Vote’s research has found that many major corporations are financial supporters of Basic Rights Oregon. From the group’s annual reports we have found that the following are listed as donors:

Nike
Comcast
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Nordstrom
Boeing
JP Morgan Chase
Bank of America
U.S. Bank

Another familiar name, the Human Rights Campaign, was also listed in the top donor category to Basic Rights Oregon.

You can see where many of these companies stand on all the issues by downloading the free app here.

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