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Cylvia Hayes’ Funder, Jeffrey King Speaks Out About Hayes and Kitzhaber

Friday, February 06, 2015


Jeffrey King, Executive Director of CEDC

Jeffrey King, the Executive Director of the Clean Economy Development Center (CEDC) issued the following statement to GoLocalPDX.com.

CEDC is the organization that paid Cylvia Hayes a reported $118,000 fellowship that was not reported.

King outlines in this statement that the CEDC never meet with or tried to influence Governor John Kitzhber.

The following is King's statement which outlines the oreganization's goals and programs:


Mission of CEDC’s regional acceleration fellowship program
The acceleration fellowship’s mission was to educate the public, the media, and other stakeholders about viable models for clean economic development. This approach was intended to empower regional stakeholders to develop environmentally responsible projects that sparked innovation and accelerated job creation. The fellowship program sought funding for multiple fellows to deliver outcomes in several regions as well as nationally. Activities included:
•    Shape and Participate in Clean Economy Roadshow Engagement Activities.
•    Advise on CEDC regional plans and lead in the development of new, multi-­‐state, regional initiatives, beginning in the Northwest.
•    Write, speak and evangelize for policy innovation to accelerate clean economy developments at the state and multi-­‐state regional levels.

Cylvia Hayes’ work through the acceleration fellowship
Cylvia’s fellowship focused on communicating the economic benefits of clean economy projects, on national publications such as the Huffington Post, and as part of the Gulf Coast Sustainable Communities project. Specific outcomes of her fellowship include:
•    Generated public and media support for clean economy and climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts;
•    Expanded the inventory of documented case studies that quantify the economic benefits of the clean economy that can be used to inform the media, elected officials and clean economy allies;
•    Partnered with both the clean economy and ocean conservation advocates to develop mutually beneficial messaging based on an economic frame;
•    Regularly submitted articles, essays and op-­‐eds to targeted media outlets;
•    Established clean economy blogs and e-­‐communication;
•    Delivered speeches at strategic events to targeted audiences;
•    Catalyzed and supported multi-­‐state clean economy and ocean conservation collaboration between the West Coast States;
•    Aided in the development of a strategic and coordinated approach to the issue of ocean acidification.

Cylvia Hayes’ relationship with CEDC
Cylvia Hayes was at no point on the payroll of CEDC. 3E Strategies, Cylvia Hayes’ consulting firm, provided a portion of Cylvia’s time for CEDC’s regional acceleration fellowship. Hayes’ fellowship was funded by two foundations, Rockefeller Brothers Foundation and the Energy Foundation, in 2011 and 2012. All payments from CEDC were made to 3E Strategies.

CEDC’s position on policy
CEDC does not engage in any lobbying activities. We work with policymakers to implement projects, which take into account policies and regulations that have already been passed. CEDC believes that these projects may generally lead to more effective clean energy policies yet do not lobby on any pending legislation or regulation.

CEDC’s involvement with the Governor’s office
At no point did CEDC attend or request to attend any meetings at Mahonia Hall or with the Governor and his staff, this includes the aforementioned April 9 2012 meeting. At no point did Hayes offer to engage CEDC with the Governor or his Administration.

CEDC’s funding approach and the Energy Foundation
CEDC has never solicited contributions from the State of California, the state of Oregon, nor any other state or state agency.  Rockefeller Brothers Foundation and the Energy Foundation were funders of CEDC prior to Cylvia Hayes’ fellowship and continued to fund CEDC after Cylvia Hayes’ fellowship ended.

CEDC’s low-­‐carbon fuel work in Oregon
CEDC facilitated low-­‐carbon fuel communication work in Oregon in 2014. Cylvia Hayes fellowship ended in 2012


Related Slideshow: What Governor Kitzhaber Said at His Jan. Cylvia Hayes Press Conference

Governor John Kitzhaber held a press conference on Jan. 30, 2015, where he fielded questions surrounding his fiancé and Oregon’s “First Lady” Cylvia Hayes. 

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Kitzhaber told media Friday, Jan. 30 he would not consider resigning. 

“Of course not,” he said. “I was elected by the people of this state to do a job, and I intend to do it.”

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The Governor said he did not see any problem in hiring Ball Janik, a firm that lobbies for Oregon in Washington, D.C., to defend him and Cylvia Hayes against allegations that include lobbying. 

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Kitzhaber said he has not been contacted by the FBI.

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The Governor said he did not instruct his attorney Leanni Reaves to loosen ethics guidelines for Cylvia Hayes. 

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“Our intention has always been to try to navigate this undefined area of First Lady,” Kitzhaber said during the press conference. 

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The Governor does not believe that an independent investigation is necessary, when asked if a body other than the ethics commission appointed by him should investigate. 

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When asked why the Governor did not keep Cylvia Hayes physically out of her office, he answered, “We tried to draw that line.” 

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“I am in love,” the Governor said. "I do not believe I have been blinded by love, I am 'eyes wide open.'”

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“I have no idea whether she [Cylvia] is legally a member of my household.”

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Cylvia Hayes is in Sweden visiting friends, the Governor said. 

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The Governor at one point compared himself to controversial Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch. 

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The Governor said he is not trying to reach a deal with the ethics commission. 

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The Governor does not believe that an independent investigation is necessary, when asked if a body other than the ethics commission appointed by him should investigate. 

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“The government ethics commission has a process and a sanction process. We will embrace that,” Kitzhaber said. “Well the Government ethics commission has a process and has a series of sanctions that it can take and we will obviously and have been complying and cooperating fully with the commission and we will embrace whatever decisions and sanctions they feel is appropriate."

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“Cylvia and I have a number of areas of common interest, climate change being one, low carbon fuels being one,” Kitzhaber said. "The fact that we have a convergence of intents does not seem to me to apply that if those issues apply in my administration that influence has been exerted."

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Cylvia Hayes will play no role in the Governor’s office for the next four years, according to Kitzhaber.


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