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Federal prosecutors calling Oklahoma lobbyist's actions bribery in Mike Morgan case

Lobbyist Barry K. Moore has been accused of bribery but he has not been charged. Moore represented a number of rural telephone companies.
by Nolan Clay Published: November 12, 2012
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Barry Moore

Prosecutors reported Morgan began billing the lobbyist's company $1,000 a month in late 2006.

The bills increased to $1,500 a month in 2007.

The bills were reduced to $500 a month in 2009 shortly after Morgan left the Senate. Prosecutors told the judge Morgan knew by that time he was under investigation.

The bills stopped all together later in 2009.

“Mike Morgan is a lawyer that I use for a lot of different things,” Moore told the FBI in 2009, according to a secret FBI report.

FBI agents reported that Moore explained “there is stuff that goes on in other states and he can consult with Morgan.”

FBI agents reported Moore said he also consulted with Morgan on questions involving the OKC Metro Alliance, which provides alcohol rehab services. Moore was once president of the alliance's board of directors.

Email sent

Prosecutors reported that in January 2007, after he began paying Morgan, Moore sent an email to leaders in Oklahoma's rural telephone industry about a bill supported by Cox Communications and opposed by AT&T.

Moore wrote in the email, “Senator Morgan called and indicated he would not meet with them until he hears from us regarding our position on this legislation.”

Prosecutors told the judge that the lobbyist was known for trying to stop AT&T legislative projects.

They told the judge that Morgan in 2008 had assured the president of AT&T Oklahoma he would support a bill that would ease AT&T's tax burden. Prosecutors reported that Morgan later said he would not support it.

Prosecutors reported the AT&T Oklahoma president said he often saw the lobbyist “in or near Mr. Morgan's office and believes that Mr. Morgan succumbed to improper influence in connection with this bill.”

by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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