Carly Gabrielson, campaign manager DeFazio for Congress released the following story in an email on Thursday, Sept. 6.
EUGENE — Art Robinson's deeper connections to illegal activity were revealed in a photo of political operative W. Samuel Patten and Robinson at his home in Cave Junction, Oregon in 2014.
As part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, Patten pled guilty on Friday to working as an unregistered foreign agent for Ukraine and funneling $50,000 of illegal foreign money to Donald Trump’s presidential inaugural committee. Additionally, prosecutors argue that Patten's business partner, a Russian national, has ties to Russian intelligence.
Patten worked for Cambridge Analytica, the corrupt political data company that illegally harvested data from 50 million Facebook users and interfered with elections around the world. The company admitted to, "effectively managing Robinson's (2014) campaign in its entirety" and Robinson was Cambridge Analytica’s first federal political client.
But, in March 2018, The Washington Post, Willamette Week, and Roseburg News-Review interviewed Robinson about his engagement with Cambridge Analytica. Robinson said nothing about Patten’s visit to Oregon. In fact, he tried to distance himself from the disgraced company while defending their work for his campaign. He told the Willamette Week that, “Cambridge Analytica didn’t manage work for us, they did political targeting.” In an interview with the Roseburg News-Review, Robinson said that he didn’t, “feel any qualms about what we did because it was perfectly above-board.”
“Art Robinson has never fully explained the extent of his relationship with Cambridge Analytica or to the company’s primary funder, Robert Mercer. Oregon’s voters deserve to know the extent of Robinson’s relationship to Patten. It’s time for Robinson to come clean about his ties to illegal activity plaguing our representational democracy,” said Carly Gabrielson, DeFazio’s campaign manager.
Cambridge Analytica was partly owned and funded by hedge fund billionaire and right-wing political extremist Robert Mercer. Mercer first began meddling in Oregon elections in 2010 when he funded a super PAC aimed at electing Robinson. DeFazio was the first member of Congress to be attacked by a Wall Street-backed super PAC. Since then, the Mercer family has spent $1.7 million on Robinson’s failed congressional campaigns. Mercer also funds Robinson’s institute, the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, which Robinson runs from his sheep farm in Cave Junction. Mercer has given Robinson’s institute $1.77 million including a $150,000 donation at the start of 2018.
Sept. 6 Linn Dems meeting to feature judicial candidates
ALBANY – Linn County Circuit Judge candidates will be the featured speakers Thursday, Sept. 6, during the Linn County Democrats Monthly General Meeting at Albany Public Library, 2450 14th Ave. S.E.
A social time with light refreshments begins at 6 p.m. The meeting starts at 6:30. Child care will be provided.
The Linn County Circuit Judge candidates for Position 1 are Fay Stetz-Waters, the current judge, and Michael Wynhausen, longtime Linn County Deputy District Attorney.
The Position 3 candidates are Rachel Kittson-MaQatish and Teri Plagmann, both trial attorneys.
The four non-partisan candidates will give opening remarks then field questions.
Also on the agenda will be campaign updates from Democratic candidates and recommendations and a vote on state and county measures that will appear on the general election ballot.
The Linn County Democrats are opening a campaign office in downtown Albany.
Hours of the office, in Suite 107 of Two Rivers Market at 250 Broadalbin St. S.W., are tentatively scheduled for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, starting Tuesday, Sept. 4, and continuing through Election Day – Tuesday, Nov. 6.
An office open house with light refreshments is planned for 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12
For more information, contact Linn Dems Co-Chair Graham Kislingbury at 541-974-2075 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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