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Oklahoma lawmaker Randy Terrill to return 2010 campaign money

BY JOHN ESTUS and PAUL MONIES Modified: April 2, 2010 at 6:28 pm •  Published: March 28, 2010

/> OPEA officials said they weren’t aware of the discrepancy until reporters from The Oklahoman asked about it Thursday.

"I caught the error,” Terrill said Thursday. "I self-reported it to the Ethics Commission.”

Hughes said Terrill’s campaign first contacted the commission about the discrepancy Thursday.

Terrill reported three donations from OPEA’s committee totaling $5,000 in his 2008 campaign finance reports, but did not report the $5,000 donation from 2009. OPEA’s committee reported the donation in its Ethics Commission filings.

Terrill filed statements of inactivity showing no donations or expenditures to his 2008 campaign for all four reporting periods in 2009. However, he said Friday he received donations during that time and would file an amended report including those donations in his 2008 campaign report. Terrill said he doesn’t believe those donations were designated for his 2010 campaign, but that the donations would be returned if they were.

Terrill also said he didn’t know how much money is in the bank account for his 2010 campaign. He also said he could not provide contributor statements that would show which campaign — his 2008 or 2010 committees — the donations were intended for.

Ethics laws require contributor statements to accompany all campaign donations in excess of $50. The statements are not filed with the Ethics Commission, but committees are required to keep the statements for their records.

Terrill and his wife, Angela, filed for personal bankruptcy in 2005, and the case was reopened in 2008 after questions arose about a personal loan Randy Terrill made to his 2004 campaign committee.

Federal court records show Terrill paid off the final $11,304 in bankruptcy-related debt late last year. Bankruptcy trustee John Mashburn said last week Terrill’s bankruptcy is "about to close.”

Other giving
OPEA’s political action committee’s campaign finance reports show it gave more than the $5,000 limit to two other 2008 campaigns.

Rep. Anastasia Pittman, D-Oklahoma City, received $6,500 from the committee, and a failed Democratic candidate for House District 95, Michael A. Walker, received $6,000.

Pittman said there was confusion regarding monetary and in-kind donations for printing from the OPEA committee, and vowed Thursday to correct the problem.

Barger said OPEA was aware of the committee’s "inadvertent” excessive contribution to Walker’s campaign, and has since asked him that the $1,000 be returned.

Walker has not returned the money, and did not return a telephone call seeking comment.