The Salem-Keizer Sentinel is reporting this evening that David Darnell, Republican candidate for Oregon House District 18, has been cleared of any wrong doing in his voter’s pamphlet statement by the Secretary of State, despite a complaint filed and negative campaign literature to the contrary:
May 17, 2014
The Oregon Secretary of State has cleared David Darnell, Republican candidate for HD18 Representative, of allegations of voter pamphlet violations pursuant to ORS 260-715(1). In a letter from the Office of the Secretary of State, dated May 16, 2014, Compliance Specialist Alana Cox states their review found Mr. Darnell did not violate election law and they found insufficient evidence to substantiate the initial complaint.
A written complaint was filed with the Secretary of State on April 24, 2014 claiming that Mr. Darnell had made false claims in his voter pamphlet statements relating to his status as a business owner. These allegations were reported on by the Oregonian and alluded to by the Oregon Family Council in a letter to their supporters. Both organizations have yet to fully correct their factual errors.
In their official review, the Oregon SOS acknowledged Mr. Darnell’s cooperation with their investigation by providing documentation supporting his voter’s pamphlet statements regarding his ownership of several businesses. Compliance Specialist Cox closes the letter by stating that the Elections Division determines the investigation closed and will not pursue the matter further.