Jeff Merkley continues to wipe the floor with Monica Wehby in Oregon’s race for the U.S. Senate. The latest poll shows Merkley is holding his lead with a clear majority of the vote at 52.7% to Wehby’s 38.1%
The Koch Brothers targeted Merkley, perhaps because he is an effective Senator who actually gives a damn about the 99% of Americans for who the Kochs have nothing but contempt. But, for all the money the Koch brothers poured into Monica Wehby’s campaign, the polls suggest that voters in Oregon are sticking with Jeff Merkley.
As a Koch Brother candidate, Monica Wehby emphasizes her expertise in the private sector and what the Tea Party calls a “job creator” as qualifications to represent Oregon in the U.S. Senate. Too bad her “expertise” failed her when she invested in a company that owes 100k in back property taxes. Before going further there is nothing about this story that suggests Wehby did anything illegal. Since Wehby suggests that “expertise” in the private sector qualifies her to be a Senator, her ability to make good investment decisions is fair game.
The Huffington Post reports Wehby’s financial disclosure form lists her as a “Member of American Beef Processing LLC since December 2010.” It’s a company that hasn’t been doing very well.
But the startup hasn’t done well. The Clackamas County Clerk’s office lists two properties owned by American Beef Processing that owed a total of $103,414.62in delinquent taxes. One property owed $81,232.66 in taxes, accrued from 2009 to 2012, and another owed $22,181.96, accrued in 2012. Both properties are listed at 15501 SE Piazza Ave. in Clackamas County, and the clerk’s office confirmed to HuffPost that they are owned by American Beef Processing. The documents can be viewed here and here.
Wehby tries to walk the fact that this company is not doing well and the fact that it owes over $100k in back taxes by saying she is just a small investor and besides it isn’t like she has much say in the day-to-day operations of the company.
The thing is she lists this companies as one of her “positions held outside of government” along with her other positions as a doctor at Legacy Health Systems, trustee of the AMA and “member” of Ecola Point Development LLC. To be fair, Wehby did make money as a doctor and during her AMA gig. Her investment at Ecola Point is valued between $1,000,001 and $5,000,000. Of course, if as she claims she isn’t responsible for American Beef Processing, the same logic applies to Ecola Point.
It’s interesting that Wehby is one of a handful of women, the Koch brothers deemed worthy of letting out of the kitchen to carry water for the Koch agenda of economic freedom for the 1% with poverty, political oppression and regulation over every aspect of life for everyone else.
The greater lesson lies in the fact, that no matter how much money the Koch brothers “invest” in their water boys and occasional water girl, voting still matters. Jeff Merkley has had a huge lead throughout this race because he believes in government of the people, by the people and for the people.