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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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/articleid/3390820/1/pictures/638135">Photo - Lt. Governor  Jari  Askins bows her head as the prayer for city and state is read at the Oklahoma City 26th Annual Metro Prayer Breakfast in downtown Oklahoma City Wednesday, April 1, 2009. Photo by Paul B. Southerland
Lt. Governor Jari Askins bows her head as the prayer for city and state is read at the Oklahoma City 26th Annual Metro Prayer Breakfast in downtown Oklahoma City Wednesday, April 1, 2009. Photo by Paul B. Southerland

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 did

Campaign 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 reports
The 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.

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The expense reports are posted on the Ethics Commission’s Web site at www.ok.gov/oec.

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