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Donations to Rep. Randy Terrill went unreported

BY PAUL MONIES and JOHN ESTUS Modified: April 11, 2010 at 12:18 am •  Published: April 11, 2010
© 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.


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