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Complaint alleges Oregon GOP congressional candidate Mike Erickson withheld financial information

Jun 26, 2024

Julia Shumway

(Oregon Capital Chronicle) The head of a campaign finance watchdog group called on the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate Oregon Republican congressional nominee Mike Erickson, saying his financial disclosure reports are among “the most egregious cases of intentional withholding of information” the group has ever seen.

A complaint submitted by End Citizens United President Tiffany Muller alleges that the personal financial disclosure reports Erickson filed as a candidate in 2022 and 2024 don’t provide enough information about more than $100 million in assets, violating federal law and U.S. House ethics rules and preventing Oregon voters from being able to assess whether his financial interests conflict with the responsibilities he would have as a member of Congress.

“Given the scope of the finances in question – which totals at least $105 million – this is one of the most egregious cases of intentional withholding of information we have ever seen,” Muller said in a statement to the Capital Chronicle. “This is not a mere oversight. It’s a brazen and calculated move to keep voters in the dark, especially considering that he filed these same exact forms accurately in two of his previous runs for office.”