Oregon Alcohol Regulators Used Their Power To Get Their Hands On Rare, Ultra-Expensive Bourbon, Investigation Finds

  • “After requesting the head of the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission’s resignation, my administration became aware that leaders within this agency, including the director himself, abused their position for personal gain per their own admission in an internal investigation,” Oregon Governor Tina Kotek wrote in a letter to the commission.
  • “This behavior is wholly unacceptable. I will not tolerate wrongful violations of our government ethics laws. I urge the commission to install new leadership and remove the managers and executive leadership who have taken advantage of their access and authority to benefit themselves.”
  • The investigation found that OLCC Executive Director Steve Marks and at least five other officials used their knowledge and connections at the commission to obtain the expensive whiskey.