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Oklahoma candidates file campaign reports

Four Oklahoma contenders loan their committees money to fund their campaign efforts.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Published: August 18, 2010

Former state Insurance Commissioner John Crawford, seeking to get the GOP nomination for his old job in next week's runoff election, is relying mostly on loans from himself and others to finance his campaign, reports show.

Three political newcomers, including Crawford's GOP opponent, have also loaned their campaigns cash. Mark Costello, a Republican candidate for labor commissioner, has loaned his campaign $326,347, or 97 percent of the money he's raised. Janet Barresi, a Republican candidate running for state schools superintendent, has loaned her campaign $275,000, or nearly half the money she's raised so far.

Crawford has loaned himself $20,000 of the $35,000 raised so far. Another $10,000 came from $5,000 loans each from Gretchen Crawford and Marjorie Crawford, his report filed with the state Ethics Commission shows.

The deadline to file the campaign money reports was midnight Monday.

During the most recent campaign reporting period that covers July 13 through Aug. 9, a $15,000 loan from Crawford was the only amount reported as coming into his campaign.

Crawford, elected insurance commissioner in 1994, was the target of an investigation by the FBI before losing his bid in 1998 to be re-elected. Crawford never was charged with a crime.

Crawford reported spending nearly $6,000 during the most recent reporting period, leaving him with $22,137 available.

His Republican opponent in Tuesday's GOP runoff primary election, John Doak, reported loaning his campaign $10,000 during the most recent reporting period. Altogether, Doak has loaned his campaign $35,000; altogether his campaign has raised $138,850 so far.

Doak reported spending $56,342 during the most recent reporting period, and that he had $7,281 on hand.

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State Auditor and Inspector

• State Auditor and Inspector Steve Burrage, who did not have a Democratic opponent, has raised $208,519 . with $130,260 available.

• Gary Jones, who won last month's Republican primary election, reported having raised $21,858 with $7,575 available.

Attorney general

• Republican Scott Pruitt reported raising $447,407 so far, with $166,593 coming in during the most recent reporting period. Pruitt, who beat Ryan Leonard in last month's primary election, reported having $3,233 available. Leonard reported having raised $929,397, and having $17,346 left.

• Democrat Jim Priest, who did not have a Democratic opponent, reported raising $282,546 with $107,556 available.

State treasurer

• State Rep. Ken Miller, R-Edmond, enjoys a comfortable fundraising lead over Democrat Stephen Covert in the race for the state treasurer's office. Miller, who had an opponent in last month's primary election, has raised $360,536 and has $19,802 still available.

• Covert, who did not have a Democratic opponent, did not file a report, which is not required if he hadn't raised or spent money during the period. His report filed last month showed that he contributed $4,088 that his committee received and that he spent the entire amount.

Corporation commissioner

Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy, who won a full six-year term last month, reported raising $421,455 so far. Murphy, who has no opposition in November, reported having $363,540 still available.


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