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OBI criticized for being man-heavy

The newly merged corporate lobby group proudly showed off the new faces of Oregon Business & Industries on Twitter before swiftly removing the photo of 14 men and one woman.

TWITTER SCREEN SHOT - Oregon Business & Industry's Twitter page on July 7, 2017.When Oregon Business & Industries kicked off its official merger in early July, the statewide corporate lobby group posted a photo of some of its members and leadership as its Twitter cover art.

Seeing the photo, Molly Woon, who worked for former Democrat Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins and Oregon Senate Democrats, noted the lack of diversity in the group. The photo pictured 14 white men and one white woman.

TWITTER SCREEN SHOT - Molly Woon comments on a photo on OBI's Twitter page."I cannot get over the @OBIOregon Twitter background photo," Woon commented on Twitter. "I hope diversity is a goal in the newly merged organization!"

Shortly after Woon posted the comment, OBI removed the photo.

TWITTER SCREEN SHOT - Oregon Business & Industry's Twitter page on Aug. 17, 2017.OBI merged Associated Oregon Industries and Oregon Business Association to serve as a unified voice of the state's business community. The group represents 1,600 members.

AOI and OBA found success late last year when they forged efforts to defeat a corporate sales tax offered to voters in the form of Measure 97 in November 2016. The ballot measure overwhelmingly failed after the business community poured nearly $28 million into the campaign against the tax.