Nestle Waters, Lobbying firm receive Oregon ethics board rebuke

Nestle Waters and 13 other groups were reprimanded by the Oregon state ethics commission following the failure of their lobbying firm, Portland-based CFM, to properly file quarterly spending reports and other documents required under Oregon government-ethics law.

The state ethics commission issued a warning Friday in the form of a “letter of education” to 14 companies and others that failed to file spending reports on lobbying activities, most for the first three quarters of 2010.

They are alphabetically: Boise Cascade LLC (two quarters); Boise Inc.; Calbag Metals Co.; Coalition of Local Children and Families Commissions; Darden; Douglas Timber Operators; Harris Corp.; Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber (two quarters); Jeld-Wen; Nestle Waters; Northwest Career Colleges Federation; Oregon Winegrowers Association; Paramount Equity Mortgage (one quarter); TransCanada/GTN.

Although Nestle was not responsible for the ethics violation, the actions of CFM, who Nestle chose to do business with, do not instill confidence in the Nestle’s business ethics.

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