Hundreds of thousands of dollars in out-of-state donations are being pumped into the races of Oklahoma legislative candidates from both parties, according to the latest campaign finance reports.
Democrats are outspending Republicans in reports filed by state affiliates of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee and the Republican State Leadership Committee. Both are tax-exempt political groups that can raise unlimited funds for political activity under federal tax laws. Republicans are spending the money on last-minute TV and radio ads, and mailings on behalf of state Senate candidates in competitive races. That includes more than $380,000 this month on behalf of Senate candidates in Tulsa, Stillwater, Norman, Lawton and eastern Oklahoma. Its Democratic counterpart has spent more than $500,000 since August on campaign research, polling and TV advertising, according to reports filed with the state Ethics Commission. The reports did not detail which Oklahoma races the group is supporting or opposing.