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Did PGE Shareholders violate Oregon election laws?

PGE shareholders have violated Oregon election laws by paying for and mailing poltical campaign pamphlets against Washington County Public Utility Measures 34-95, 34-96, and the candidates for the Directors for the PUD, using addresses obtained illegally from Oregon Election office, use restricted to candidates and poltical organizations.
Last week I received a Portland General Electric pamphlet mailed from 2213
SW 153rd Dr., Beaverton, Oregon, urging voters against the Washington
County PUD measures 34-95 and 34-96. Bottom line of the two-fold
11X17 pamphlet with pictures of PGE employees reads, "The cost to
produce and mail this pamphlet is paid by PGE shareholders and is not
included in your rates."

I called PGE public relations department, "Why have you used our
addresses, a private information, to favor shareholders only without
quoting any statements by persons in favor of these measures?'' I was
told, " We have obtained mailing information from Oregon Elections
office." The use of the voters list is limited to the candidates or
political organizations only.

Upon my inquiry with the state elections office I found that PGE
Shareholders are not registered with the state elections division as a
political organization to account for the income and expenses of the
political activities. I found PGE shareholders are neither candidates
nor a political organization.

Like Martha Stewart, the PGE shareholders and PGE employees quoted in
the pamphlet should be tried and sent to the prison for: 1) stealing
state government property and using it for private or personal
purpose, 2) mail and wire fraud, and 3) performing a political
activity without a registration as a political organization with the

Shantu Shah
Washington County Citizens for Electricity Cost Savings

phone: phone: 503-245-1722
address: address: 6637 SW 88th Place, Portland, Oregon 97223

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I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations which dare already to challenge our government in a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.

Thomas Jefferson