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Activists Call On Bank To Examine Board Member's Ties With Trust

Brian Bull

Activists gathered outside Pacific Continental Bank’s headquarters in downtown Eugene today.  They say the bank’s associated with a trust that supports several hate groups. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. 

The Northwest Accountability Project’s Executive Director, Peter Starzynski, was joined by a handful of people holding signs and handing out flyers.  The message they’re trying to get out is that Pacific Continental board member Jeff Pinneo is a trustee for the Murdock Charitable Trust.

Credit Murdock Trust website.
Jeff Pinneo, a Pacific Continental Bank board member and trustee for Murdock Charitable Trust.

Starzynski says the trust has given thousands of dollars to civic groups, churches, and universities, to support research or community work.

“And that’s why it’s hard to understand why they would fund like the Alliance Defending Freedom, which the Southern Poverty Law Center has just designated as an anti-LGTBQ hate group," says Starzynski.  

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A couple protesters stand outside Pacific Continental Bank's headquarters in downtown Eugene.

"Or the anti-worker organization based in Washington State, called the Freedom Foundation, whose set goal is to undermine labor unions.  It doesn’t add up.” 

Starzynski hopes to meet with Pacific Continental Bank officials on the matter.

Meanwhile, a spokesman says while Pinneo is a respected board member, the bank has no relationship with any of his business or other board interests, and further comments should be directed to the Murdock Trust. 

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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