Oregon Whistleblower

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Raised by 131 people in 50 months
Jennifer Rodgers
on behalf of Michael Rodgers
 SALEM, OR
My name is Michael Rodgers and I am the whistleblower in the former Oregon Governor Kitzhaber email leak and I need your help.

As the Interim Administrator for the Enterprise Technology Services (ETS) division of the Department of Administrative Services (DAS), the email from Governor Kitzhaber’s office requesting deletion of the Governor’s emails stored on state servers escalated to me. Emails stored on state servers are considered public records and deletion of such is a violation of Oregon State law.

Unwilling to authorize the deletion of emails and after exhausting reporting options within the State of Oregon I decided to blow the whistle by contacting the media via Willamette Week. 

I was subsequently put on paid administrative leave, questioned by the Oregon State Police, and asked to resign by a Marion County Deputy District Attorney in exchange for not being charged with Official Misconduct.  I have also been the subject of an internal Oregon Department of Justice investigation relating to my attempts to secure data, which they did not feel I was authorized to do.  I have stood my ground because I do not believe that I did anything wrong.

My attorney bills are mounting into the tens of thousands of dollars and it has sucked my savings dry. This is where you can help. If you support my actions and can spare a few dollars to help pay down my attorney debt I will be eternally grateful as I continue my quest for transparency in government.

For more details on my situation please

read the latest article

from Willamette Weekly.

Again, thank you for your support.

Michael

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I want to thank everybody for your donations and kind words of support. It means more to me than you'll ever know. Today has been a long and stressful one and I know there are many more to come, but knowing you stand with me helps me get through it one day at a time.
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Rissa Alakendo
47 months ago
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I don't have any money to donate to you as I am going through a whistleblower lawsuit myself, and finances are awful. But I did want to congratulate you on doing the right thing. May god bless you and help you through this time.

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Tom Bathurst
50 months ago

few years back i took a tenant to court and in 3 days of trial, we spending $300/ hour and the defendant having free legal aid.. the judge gave us relief for $8000 plus attorney fees..we never received a dime until 10 years later when she passed and my judgement was still good..Hang in there, you will be seen as a hero

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Tom Bathurst
50 months ago

old pic..we will help as much as we can. incredible what you did..hang in there. BTW, your yard looks great!

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Wally Rogers
50 months ago

As I told you right of the bat, you both are heros. I told our managers, the police investigators, managers I know at SOS, and anyone who would listen. The Doctors and nurses support you, the attorneys in Astorian, pretty much every Oregonian I talk to that's not trying to protect themselves. Almost done. You'll probably be a Senator before this is over! :)

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Rhonda Phillips
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Amanda Hoover
50 months ago

Thank you.

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Rissa Alakendo
47 months ago
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1

I don't have any money to donate to you as I am going through a whistleblower lawsuit myself, and finances are awful. But I did want to congratulate you on doing the right thing. May god bless you and help you through this time.

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Tom Bathurst
50 months ago

few years back i took a tenant to court and in 3 days of trial, we spending $300/ hour and the defendant having free legal aid.. the judge gave us relief for $8000 plus attorney fees..we never received a dime until 10 years later when she passed and my judgement was still good..Hang in there, you will be seen as a hero

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Tom Bathurst
50 months ago

old pic..we will help as much as we can. incredible what you did..hang in there. BTW, your yard looks great!

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