Big O Perks
By Earl
According to The Oregonian, Oregon’s State Lottery second-in-command director, Lee Moore, has surpassed even main director, Chris Lyons, in approving “expenses,” thought by most Oregonians to be perks, for “support services” to the state lottery. State auditors have been studying a recent report that mentions “nearly $800,000 in ‘questionable’ expenses for 2001.” The Oregonian itself examined Moore's records of expenditures, contracts and gifts to employees, and found “similar expenditures for 2002.”

Moore in 2202 approved of close to $120,000 “for a consultant to facilitate meetings; $17,000 for employee gifts, such as Waterford crystal; and about $3,100 for snacks and mileage reimbursement for senior staff meetings at his Portland home. Money for an $11,000 motivational speaker also came from his training budget this year,” The Oregonian continued.

No action against either lottery director has been initiated by any law enforcement agency for the State of Oregon. However, the perks have drawn widespread public attention.

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