Oregon elections officers say they’ve discovered no proof of wrongdoing in a poll measure deal brokered by Gov. Kate Brown earlier this yr and are closing a criticism on the matter.

The July criticism alleged Brown, senior Nike worker Julia Brim-Edwards and officers at two public-sector unions had violated state legislation with the deal.

Beneath the settlement, labor unions agreed to drop a attainable poll measure that might have pressured publicly traded corporations to reveal tax info — a proposal Nike disliked. In return, Nike agreed to affix unions in opposition to 2 different poll measures: Measure 103, which might wall off groceries from some new taxes, and Measure 104, which might drive the Legislature to satisfy the next bar earlier than it may increase income.

Nike finally paid $100,000 to a brand new political motion committee, the Widespread Good Fund, based by Brim-Edwards.

Complainant Richard Leonetti argued that was a breach of state legislation. In a criticism written by an lawyer affiliated with the Measure 103 marketing campaign, Leonetti steered the settlement violated a legislation that prohibits accepting “any consideration” in change for hindering or delaying “any a part of an initiative, referendum, or recall petition.”

The Oregon Division of Justice declined to research the matter. On Tuesday, the state’s Elections Division mentioned its investigation turned up no proof of wrongdoing.

“The proof obtained doesn’t point out {that a} violation … occurred,” state elections director Steve Trout wrote in an Oct. 19 letter to the events concerned. He added that allegations made within the criticism have been “outweighed by the direct and categorical statements obtained from the topics in response to our inquiries.”

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