Miller is well known for testifying against Bill Sizemore's various entities involvement in a July 2000 racketeering case. The Oregon Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers filed a civil racketeering lawsuit against two of Sizemore's organizations: Oregon Taxpayer's United and the OTU Education Foundation.
During the trial Becky Miller, a former aide to Sizemore, testified about what she claimed were illegal business practices of Oregon Taxpayers United. Her allegations included the claim that Sizemore and Americans for Tax Reform founder Grover Norquist had laundered money, as well as alleged falsification of federal tax returns and state campaign finance reports. The claims were all supported by documents acquired by and handed over to the OEA and AFT attorneys.
After three weeks of testimony and a million dollars in union legal fees, the jury found Sizemore's organizations guilty of racketeering, and the organizations were fined approximately $2.5 million. Sizemore refused to pay the fines pending appeals of the decision. In December 2006, the fines were overturned.
Without a trial, Sizemore was found personally liable for his organization's civil racketeering liability, and a judge shut down his 501(c)(3) education foundation. Nearly a million dollars were added to the fine as a result of Sizemore's resistance to earlier court orders/decisions. On appeal, both sides claimed victory.
- Blue Oregon, "From Winger to Thinker: My Political Transformation"
- Becky Miller's blog, "Preemptive Karma" (archived)
- Blue Oregon, "Bill Sizemore at Preemptive Karma," accessed April 29, 2014
- Blue Oregon, "From Winger to Thinker: My Political Transformation," accessed April 29, 2014
- Blue Oregon, "Poor Billy Sizemore," accessed April 29, 2014
- Blue Oregon, "Bill Sizemore pleads guilty, goes directly to jail," accessed April 29, 2014