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Oklahoma ethics rule change reveals ‘filler’ data used in the past

MICHAEL MCNUTT Modified: August 6, 2009 at 10:34 am •  Published: August 6, 2009
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Despite what Lt. Gov. Jari Askins’ gubernatorial campaign expense reports state, she does think it’s your business.

"Nunya” — slang often used such as "nunya business” (none of your business) — is listed in the column for identifying the name of the person or entity paid with campaign funds.

"Those are very simply placeholders in internal documents and never anticipated that they would show up (in public),” Don Hoover, media consultant for Askins’ campaign, said Wednesday.

The listings were invisible to the public until Monday when the state Ethics Commission — preparing for a new law that requires candidates to provide those campaign expense details — changed its computer software so that it displays the payee’s name and address.

"All of that information was in there but it wasn’t displayed until we changed the program to go along with the new rule and it immediately displayed those things,” said Marilyn Hughes, the Ethics Commission’s executive director.

Those tracking Askins’ expenses will see the nearly $30,000 paid by her campaign during the second quarter all went to Nunya, 123 Main Street, Duncan, OK 73533.

An Ethics Commission rule took effect July 1 that requires campaigns to identify who or what was paid at least $1,000.

The filing deadline for second-quarter expenses was Friday. Capitol Bureau: Nunya and more