After losing court fight, more Hayes emails released

Correspondence from former first lady Cylvia Hayes released by Marion County judge.

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Emails from former first lady Cylvia Hayes — that she fought to protect — were released Tuesday by a Marion County judge.

The Oregonian reported that they contained little more than correspondence regarding logistical issues related to speeches, meetings and programs.

Several emails track Hayes’ efforts to establish the Oregon Prosperity Initiative, focused on reducing poverty across the state. Early in Kitzhaber’s third administration, she discussed in one email launching a “First Lady Hunger Initiative (obviously with a cooler title than that!)”

Her emails contain the daily chaff of being a public figure – accepting or rejecting speech engagements, asking staff to set up a meeting, accepting a gift book after messaging the author about how to get his book. In one email, Hayes let out an electronic sigh, advising one of Kitzhaber’s aides she didn’t really need to be consulted about which restaurant should be used for a private dinner.

The released emails reveal nothing on the topic that burned white hot in the final months of Kitzhaber’s administration: Her work as a paid consultant for outside groups. Federal agents are investigating whether Hayes was paid to use her influence as first lady to affect state government.


So why did she spend so much time and money fighting their release in court?

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