FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE • APRIL 11, 2012
Oregon Secretary of State Issues Ruling in Favor of Reeves Group of LPO Officers
SALEM – For the second consecutive day, the legal winds have blown in favor of the Reeves group of officers in the continuing dispute over the Libertarian Party of Oregon’s (LPO) leadership and governance. On March 13, attorneys representing the Wagner group of officers filed a complaint with the Oregon Secretary of State’s office against LPO Chair Tim Reeves. The complaint alleged that a fundraising letter sent to LPO members, signed by Reeves as Chair of the LPO, violated Oregon election law. The letter raised funds for the suit currently pending against the Wagner group of officers.
It was alleged by the Wagner group that funds raised by the Reeves letter should have been delivered to them as the “legitimate” LPO, that Reeves was in-effect converting the money for his personal use, and that Reeves misrepresented himself as the state chair of the LPO in the name of the LPO. In their ruling, the Secretary of State rejected each charge and now considers the matter closed.
Had the Secretary of State’s office ruled against Reeves, it could have been interpreted as tacit agreement that Reeves was not the legitimate chair of the LPO and operated improperly on its behalf. Instead, the nature of the ruling is consistent with what the Secretary of State stated position, that it will not take a stand on the relative merits of the LPO dispute and is content to take its guidance from a court. Earlier this week, in court, a Clackamas county judge refused to grant motions brought by the Wagner side to dismiss the case. The matter is expected to be heard again within the next few weeks.
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Chair: Mr. Tim Reeves, 4278 NE Azaleast, Hillsboro, OR 97124
503-621-4932 / firstname.lastname@example.org