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. Candidates had to put something in that field for the other information to be accepted by the Ethics Commission’s software, Hughes said. Many candidates put "none given” or typed in dashes on the reports, Hughes said. Since July 1, all candidates are required to give actual names and addresses.
What Edmondson didCampaign workers for Askins’ Democratic rival, Attorney General Drew Edmondson, put Edmondson’s name and the address of his campaign headquarters in the column to identify those paid with campaign funds during the first quarter, Jan. 1-March 31. For the second quarter, April 1-June 30, the actual names and addresses of those paid with campaign funds were used.
GOP reportsThe Republican gubernatorial candidates, U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma City and state Sen. Randy Brogdon of Owasso, listed the actual names of people and businesses paid with campaign funds in both reporting periods. Candidates who raise more than $10,000 must file campaign reports electronically.
The expense reports are posted on the Ethics Commission’s Web site at www.ok.gov/oec.