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Judge affirms signature fine

PORTLAND (AP) — An administrative law judge has affirmed a $65,000 penalty against Robert Wolfe, the chief petitioner of a ballot measure who was accused of breaking Oregon law by paying signature gatherers based on the number of names they collected. A voter-approved measure in 2002 makes it illegal to pay petition circulators for each name they collect. The secretary of state’s office levied the fine a year ago against Robert Wolfe, the chief petitioner for a pot-legalization effort that never made the ballot.

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