Â© Copyright 2010, The Oklahoman Controversial state Rep. Randy Terrill failed to report almost $13,000 in campaign contributions he received last year until questions were raised by The Oklahoman. He filed amended reports with the state Ethics Commission after the questions were raised. The reports list the donations as going to his 2008 campaign. Terrill still has not disclosed another $900 in 2009 donations, commission records show. The still-undisclosed contributions include $500 from Working Oklahomans Alliance, a secretive group formed by workers’ compensation attorneys, which in the past was funded by money taken from injured workers who sometimes didn’t even know they donated. According to the reports, Terrill’s 2008 campaign last year received $8,750 from political action committees. Terrill, R-Moore, also listed more than $4,000 received from individual donors, including $1,776 from himself. Terrill, 40, had previously reported no donations last year. Checks from at least two of the political action committees that gave to Terrill last year were deposited in a bank account for Terrill’s 2010 campaign, according to copies of the cancelled checks provided by the committees to The Oklahoman. Terrill has not filed paperwork with the Ethics Commission to set up a 2010 campaign. Marilyn Hughes, executive director of the Ethics Commission, said her office recommended Terrill list the previously unreported donations under his 2008 campaign until he files the paperwork to set up his 2010 campaign. Terrill declined Friday to provide reporters with copies of contributor statements that would show whether the unreported contributions were intended for his 2008 or 2010 campaign. "I do not feel inclined,” said Terrill, who is chairman of a House appropriations committee for public safety. Candidates are required to keep contributor statements but do not have to file them with the Ethics Commission. Hughes said her office hasn’t received or asked for those documents from Terrill. Terrill on Friday also declined to provide reporters with bank records for his 2010 re-election campaign bank account that would show how much money he has collected and spent for the campaign. Terrill had previously provided deposit records and shown reporters a debit card for his 2010 campaign bank account. Terrill’s amended report shows $3,337 in previously unreported campaign expenses. Expenses include $2,720 paid to Terrill’s wife, Angela, for reimbursement for "Christmas Campaign & Office Supplies” on Dec. 14 and "Candy & Parade Supplies” on Nov. 2. Terrill previously said his 2010 campaign had conducted a Christmas mailing and bought candy to distribute at a Halloween parade.Comments
Not reportedDonations from at least two political action committees that reported giving to Terrill in December 2009 were not listed in Terrill’s amended report. The Oklahoma Optometric Political Action Committee reported a $400 donation to Terrill. Working Oklahomans Alliance reported giving Terrill $500. Neither donation has been reported by Terrill. The amended report, filed March 30, does not list a $5,000 contribution from the Oklahoma Public Employees Association that has since been returned to the labor group. A copy of a cashier’s check from Terrill’s campaign to OPEA’s political action committee for that amount is dated March 25. OPEA provided a copy of the cashier’s check upon request. OPEA reported the contribution on its Ethics Commission report in August. Terrill previously said he deposited that $5,000 contribution Oct. 21 in the bank account for his 2010 campaign. He blamed the oversight on a paperwork problem. OPEA officials have said the August contribution was intended for Terrill’s 2010 campaign because its political action committee had already contributed the maximum $5,000 to him for the 2008 campaign cycle. Both OPEA and Terrill have declined to provide the contributor statement that would show for which campaign the donation was intended. OPEA named Terrill its "Legislator of the Year” for 2009, in part for writing a law allowing certain state employee groups to use the home addresses of all 40,000 state employees for mailings designed to recruit new members.