Oregon Education Association.
... the Oregon Education Association for its victory in the battle for an honest ballot initiative system. In a civil lawsuit initiated by OEA and AFT-Oregon, a jury has upheld three fraud and racketeering charges against Oregon Taxpayers United (OTU) and related organizations, and awarded the unions damages totaling $842,000. Because the racketeering charges were proven, under statute, the damages will be automatically tripled to just over $2.52 million.
OTU and its allied groups--run by less-government, less-tax crusader Bill Sizemore--have put education- and union-beshing initiatives on the ballot, including measures tying teacher pay to student test scores and banning payroll deduction for everything from union dues to charitable donations.
The jury found that the defendants forged signatures on initiative petition statements of sponsorship for potential ballot measures, forged signatures on initiative petitions used to qualify measures for a ballot, and filed false state and federal contribution and expenditure reports.