Buehler invested $100,000 in tax credits, then blasted program

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Knute Buehler stumped on the floor of the Oregon House of Representatives to decry the state’s controversial business energy tax incentives.

The East Oregonian is reporting that Buehler, now the Republican nominee for governor, left out one fact in his speech.

He and his wife once had personally invested in $100,000 of the tax credits that later mushroomed into a multi-million dollar scandal at the state Energy Department, according to agency records.

The newspaper reported Friday that Buehler didn’t respond to a telephone message seeking comment. His campaign instead issued a statement saying the Buehlers purchased tax credits years before he was a lawmaker and before state mismanagement of the program forced the legislature to repeal the program.