Oklahoma political action committee fails to file campaign financial reports

BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Published: November 13, 2012
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The House speaker pro tem-elect said Monday he helped raise money for a political action committee that hasn't filed required financial reports in more than two years, but he had no part in deciding which House candidates received $11,000 in contributions the finals days of their campaigns.

The political action committee, A Positive Solution, contributed $1,000 each to seven incoming freshman GOP House members, causing several House members to say privately the money could have been a deciding factor in Rep. Mike Jackson winning the leadership post.

In addition, four returning GOP House members received a total of $3,000 from the political action committee. Two received $1,000 contributions and two received $500.

A $1,000 contribution was made to a GOP House contender who lost.

All the contributions were reported by the candidates as being received from Oct. 24 through Nov. 1, reports filed with the state Ethics Commission show.

Jackson, R-Enid, who was elected last week as incoming speaker pro tem by House Republicans who will serve in the 2013 and 2014 sessions, said he didn't decide which candidates received campaign contributions. He said he didn't know if the money influenced how new and returning GOP House members voted in his House leadership race held two days after the Nov. 6 elections.

Asked if he was hoping to buy the support of freshman GOP lawmakers, Jackson said, “No.”

“I raised money for that PAC, that's correct,” said Jackson, who was unopposed this year. “I'm not on the PAC board and don't make the decisions on where those monies go.”

Jackson's efforts

Jackson said he raised money for A Positive Solution in 2010 and 2012. Much of the money raised went to GOP legislative candidates, mostly those seeking House seats, who are in contested races. All the money raised this year went to House races.

“I knocked doors, I made phone calls, I raised money from constituents here in Enid as well raise money for various PACs,” he said. “Just trying to make sure we had a good election night.”

The chairman of the committee, Cordon DeKock, of Enid, said he decided which candidates received contributions this year.

He said he thought necessary reports had been filed with the Ethics Commission, which requires committees to file reports each quarter and several days before an election.

“I don't know exactly what's happened there,” said DeKock, who is the only officer listed on A Positive Solution's organization papers filed with the Ethics Commission. “I want to work with the Ethics Commission to address any problems that are out there and to remedy the situation as expediently as possible.

“There's not a conspiracy here,” he said. “It's an unfortunate situation. Decisions were made based on winning the races, not based on anything else.”

Filing problems

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At a glance

The Ethics Commission's website showed the last report filed by the political action committee A Positive Solution was a statement of inactivity submitted Aug. 23, 2010, saying it had received no money and made no contributions. A financial report filed Jan. 27, 2010, showed the committee had $1,222.46 on hand.

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