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Kevin Leese Mannix
Mannix has served in both houses of the Oregon Legislative Assembly, as a Democrat and, later, a Republican. He is better known, however, for his advocacy of statewide ballot measures—many of which were referred as a result of his efforts as a legislator—and as a candidate for the statewide offices of Attorney General and Governor.
Oregon War Veterans Association (OWVA) Is a conservative front group claiming to advocate for veterans. As you see there are no valid links to legislation. So more than likely it was used as a general purpose cash cow to subvert the democratic process.
And of course the first thing the OWVA did was call in the DOJ claiming:
February 11, 2011
Salem—Today, the Oregon War Veterans Association (OWVA) filed a request for a Federal investigation of the Oregon Attorney General (AG) and the Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ) on issues relating to their treatment of disabled veterans, and other disabled persons in Oregon.
Apparently now the scrutiny is being focused on Mr. Mannix.
In that motion, the DOJ alleges that much of the money OWVA collected ended up in Mannix's coffers.
"In fact, between November 2007 and May 2010, the Mannix organization and Mr. Mannix's campaigns for elective office received at least $1.1 million from Defendant OWVA, representing roughly 43 % of Defendants' total revenues," the DOJ motion states.
Perhaps even more revealing, the motion includes a candid email from the source of virtually all OWVA's funding.
The email reads in part:
"2 million I gave [OWVA's Greg] Warnock because Kevin [Mannix] said he was a legitimate special charity that could take 501(c)3 money. He lied, or was misinformed. I will now have to pay taxes on at least part of that two million. So 3 people have cheated me out of millions. Gregg Warnock, Kevin Mannix, and [redacted]. I'm too gullible."