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Ethics commission dismisses complaint against Brown

In the Oct. 10 complaint, Oregon Republican Party chair Bill Currier, accused the Democrat of using public money for campaign and personal expenses.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - Gov. Kate BrownThe Oregon Ethics Commission voted unanimously last week to dismiss an ethics complaint against Gov. Kate Brown amidst her campaign for re-election.

In the Oct. 10 complaint, Oregon Republican Party chair Bill Currier, accused the Democrat of using public money for campaign and personal expenses.

The complaint was based on a video by conservative political group Project Veritas Action, which was widely distributed on social media shortly before the Nov. 6 election.

The video shows clips of Michael Kolenc, Brown's former campaign manager, talking to a woman who is not shown or identified. He accused Brown's office of "low-level graft and corruption."

But it was unclear to what Kolenc was referring. The footage failed to provide evidence of an ethics violation, according to an 18-page report by a state ethics investigator.

The complaint noted that the governor held campaign events while on official business as the governor.

But that isn't a violation unless she were to bill taxpayers for the additional cost.

The investigator wrote that travel expenses incurred by the state were for the Oregon State Police dignitary protection unit, which is responsible for the governor's security no matter where she goes.