A lobbyist's account of a meeting with Sen. Mark Hatfield raises questions about the Oregon Republican's claim that he never discussed legislation with a man who forgave $75,000 in personal loans.
The lobbyist, Kathleen Curry Santora, said Tuesday that she and former Oregon Rep. John Dellenback attended the meeting in Hatfield's office about three years ago to discuss a bill pending before the Senate.Senate records show that Dellenback forgave at least $75,498 in principal and interest on personal loans made to Hatfield between 1985-89.
Hatfield still owes Dellenback more than $50,000, according to his 1990 personal finance disclosure forms.
Hatfield could not be reached for comment, and his attorney said he was still gathering facts in the case.
Hatfield has said previously that Dellenback, a longtime personal friend, "has never communicated any special legislative interest to me."
The Senate Ethics Committee and the FBI are looking into gifts to Hatfield and a college scholarship to one of his sons.
Dellenback has not returned telephone calls to his home in Medford, Ore., over the past two weeks.