Thanks to decades of Democrat control:
"Oregon Health Authority officials announced the selection of the wife of a former top aide to Gov. John Kitzhaber for a $150,000 contract before any formal bidding took place, The Oregonian has learned.
A state manager internally announced the hiring of Kate Raphael to produce videos about the governor's health reforms on July 31, documents show. That was eight days before a formal competitive-bidding solicitation was issued, and nearly a month before a contract was signed.
Two other firms bid on the contract, including one with a $100,000 lower price tag. Raphael got the job.
The contract illustrates the cozy relations in political circles and how they contribute to the public's skepticism of government."