Congressman Peter DeFazio, a Democrat representing Oregons 4th district and a founding member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, has some serious explaining to do. The far left Democrat is currently running for a 13th term in the House and may have not been entirely honest with Oregonians over his 26 year career.
Since April of 2001, DeFazio has been an officer of a business entity known as The Oregon Kiwi Group, which operated as an “assumed business name” excluding it from required state licensing and disclosures. (The Oregon Secretary of State’s record of The Oregon Kiwi Group is available here.) The business was apparently allowed to expire in 2007, however this ambiguous corporate entity has yet to be explored, and Mr. DeFazio has never publicly commented on his involvement.
DeFazio has never disclosed any income related to the Oregon Kiwi Group in his mandated financial disclosures to the U.S. House Ethics Clerk; however, he does disclose three bank accounts in New Zealand, rental income and real estate in New Zealand. Moreover, DeFazio has received more than $25,000 from Weyehaeuser, a major timber corporation. Interestingly, Frederick S. Benson III, former Weyerhaeuser VP of Federal and International Affairs, became President of the United States-New Zealand Council in 2001—the same year DeFazio purchased property in New Zealand and formed the Oregon Kiwi Group.
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