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
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/> 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.

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Donations 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.