Bentz & DeRemer Accountability Teams
Affectionately known as BAT (Bentz Accountability Team) and DRAT (DeRemer Accountability Team), these groups focus on holding Oregon's two MAGA Members of Congress accountable. Cliff Bentz, OR-2, and Lori Chavez DeRemer, OR-5, vote with the MAGA faction of the Republican Party at least 95% of the time, even though they both claim to be "moderate." They aren't moderate, and their votes and statements, as well as their refusal to speak out against the most extreme members of their party, prove it. BAT and DRAT are committed to tracking their votes, their donors, their stance on the issues, their committee work, and their public statements, or in many cases, failure to make public statements about issues that matter to Oregonians. We use social media campaigns and events to publicize what we learn, and we regularly contact Bentz's and DeRemer's offices to urge them to take various actions to promote the well-being of their constituents and our democracy. When they don't, we contact them again and let them know how disappointed we are with their actions or failure to act.
LORI AND CLIFF VOTE FOR MAGA EXTREMIST MIKE JOHNSON FOR SPEAKER!
Both Lori and Cliff voted for Mike Johnson, who worked for an extremist Christian organization that has been labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. They voted for a man who led the “Sedition Caucus'' (which includes Cliff) that tried to overturn the 2020 election. They voted for somebody who inhabits the extremist fringe of the MAGA GOP House, who is an anti-abortion and anti-LGBTQ+ zealot, who is a climate denier, and who wants to destroy Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
We need your help in getting the word out about Mike Johnson’s extremist beliefs and positions and how dangerous it is for our democracy that a man who holds them is second in line to the Presidency. We guarantee that you will be shocked by what you learn about him here.
UPDATE on Empty Chair Town Halls
After multiple requests for an in-person, unscripted Town Hall with Congresswoman Lori Chavez-DeRemer, constituents grew frustrated with her refusals and held THREE of their own! The chair that should have been occupied by Chavez-DeRemer was, instead, occupied by a cardboard cutout of her while constituents asked questions and Indivisible leaders answered them based on public statements of votes that our Unrepresentative has made. Read more about them, and see some photos and videos HERE.
Don’t be fooled!
Instead, compare what she says (or fails to say) with what she does, what she supports, what she votes for.
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Rep Bentz and Rep DeRemer have been making some pretty disappointing choices, and we like to make sure their constituents know about it. Here are some recent examples of bad votes.
Both Cliff and Lori voted for HR 1, a horrible anti-climate bill that would further subsidize the fossil fuel industry and roll back the incredible progress made by the Biden Administration on popular climate-first solutions. Fortunately, the Senate won't pass this bill to fast-track mining and relax toxic waste standards.
Both Cliff and Lori voted for HR 5, misnamed the "Parents Bill of Rights," which opens the door for more extreme censorship of educational content, book banning, and ignites more divisiveness over sexual orientation and gender identity. Once again, this bill will not survive a more sensible Senate vote, but still....how embarrassing that an Oregon Rep voted for it.
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BAT/DRAT Monday Messages
LTEs - Letters to the Editor
Turn the Monday Messages (or any other topic you want voters to know about) into a Letter to the Editor of your local newspapers. New to writing LTEs? We're here to help with some tips and links to your local newspapers for submitting LTEs online. And check out some of the LTE's submitted below, calling out Bentz and DeRemer for their disservices to their constituents. If you write an LTE and it get's published, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know so we can share it far and wide!
Bend Source Weekly 11-1-23
The Democratic Party Machine should take Congressional District 5 seriously this time....
Against predictions, Republican Lori Chavez-Deremer took the seat, not by winning in the two most populated counties in the district, but by picking up the lion's share of the votes in the more rural parts of CD5. Since then, Chavez-Deremer has been far from present in Bend or Redmond, to the point that some locals have been holding "empty chair town halls" to highlight her absence and apparent lack of investment in the needs of voters on this side of the mountains. This was one of the greatest fears for eastside voters in the district.
Wallowa Co Chieftan 10-31-23
The Republican National Committee has lost its way!
The Oregonian 10-24-23
As a longtime resident of Oregon’s 2nd Congressional District, I am disappointed with Rep. Cliff Bentz for his recent votes supporting MAGA extremist Jim Jordan in his bid for speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
LaGrande Observer 10-31-23
Who does Cliff Bentz care about?
Fifteen years ago, I wrote to a friend who was concerned about the Republican Party. It was moving away from much of what it had supported in the past and there was no knowing where it might be headed. I mentioned that we really needed at least two viable parties for democracy to work. The party is now tearing itself apart and the people who should be helping to keep it on track have lost their way.
West Linn Tidings 10-25-23
Don’t be fooled by Rep. Lori Chavez-DeRemer’s claims to moderation. Don’t be taken in by Congressmember Lori Chavez-DeRemer’s proposal to ban tolling on I-205 and I-5. It is little more than a naked play for votes because, with no House cosponsors, it’s dead in the water.
LaGrande Observer 8-22-23
It’s not surprising that Rep. Cliff Bentz claims the “facts don’t support Trump indictments” (The Observer, Aug. 10). After all, this is the guy whose very first vote in Congress was to disqualify Pennsylvania’s legitimate electoral votes immediately after violent insurrectionists, egged on by Trump’s words, tried to overturn the lawful results of the 2020 election.
Maybe Bentz was feeling a bit defensive about his role in the insurrection when he read the proof laid out in the two latest indictments about the fake elector schemes. For example, the evidence in the Special Counsel indictment asserts that Trump: Read More
Sisters Nugget 8-2-23
Our Congresswoman, Lori Chavez-DeRemer, claims that “without opinions from constituents, [she] would not be able represent Oregon's 5th congressional district best.” Yet she has turned a deaf ear to repeated requests that she hold in-person, unscripted town halls throughout the District. In May, a group of constituents visited Chavez-DeRemer’s Redmond office to present a letter signed by 46 voters in CD5 asking for in-person, unscripted town halls. We received no response. Read More
Bend Source Weeklly 8-10-23
Representative Lori Chavez-DeRemer tries to portray herself as a bipartisan moderate. She's not. Did you know that Chavez-DeRemer:
Is a climate-denying member of the Conservative Climate Caucus who believes that we have "the next couple hundred years" to deal with climate issues? She voted for H.R. 1 which would expand mining and fossil fuel production while repealing important elements of the Biden Administration's desperately overdue climate legislation. Read More
Ashland News 4-21-23
The Sandy Hook mass shooting occurred over 10 years ago. This tragedy, where 20 innocent children, the school principal and psychologist and four teachers were slaughtered, is horrifying enough. That so little has been done in the way of meaningful gun safety legislation since the massacre occurred is an unforgivable burden that we all bear. As the lead crime scene investigator at Sandy Hook says, “We’re pretending things aren’t the way they are.” Read More
LaGrande Observer 9-13-22
It was disappointing to find out that Congressman Bentz failed to vote for the Inflation Reduction Act. It’s inconceivable that a bill benefiting all of us in Eastern Oregon and rural residents across the country ... Read More
Columbia Gorge News 8-31-22
After attending Cliff Bentz’s Town Hall in The Dalles Thursday, I am even more disturbed by his representation of CD2. I had the opportunity to ask him about his recent interview on Newsmax regarding the FBI search carried out (legally) at Trump’s Florida home.... Read More
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