Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan, a Democrat, saw her public career go up in smoke Tuesday after resigning over a lucrative cannabis consultation contract.
Ms. Fagan began her consultation work in February with an affiliate of cannabis dispensary chain La Mota. The owners of La Mota had donated to Ms. Fagan’s 2020 election campaign, and proprietor Aaron Mitchell has donated $45,000 to Ms. Fagan since 2020.
At the same time, La Mota, Mr. Mitchell and fellow owner Rosa Cazares have had more than $7 million in liens filed by the Internal Revenue Service against them for unpaid taxes, including more than $592,000 in marijuana sales taxes.
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