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Oklahoma political office candidates raise more than $900,000 in last-minute contributions

Corporation Commission candidate Todd Hiett is top recipient after giving himself $150,000.
by Nolan Clay Published: June 24, 2014
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Candidates running for state offices in Oklahoma have raised more than $900,000 in the last two weeks in so-called last-minute contributions, their reports show.

The primary election is Tuesday.

Todd Hiett, who is seeking a seat on the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, has raised the most in last-minute funds — $211,750. Hiett, a former House speaker, and his wife gave the campaign $150,000 of that total.

His opponent for the seat, state Sen. Cliff Branan, has collected $42,055 in last-minute donations as of Monday night.

Both are Republicans. There are no Democrats or independents in the race, so the winner Tuesday will get the position.

Freda Deskin, an Edmond Democrat running for state schools superintendent, gave $25,000 to her own campaign Friday. She has raised $33,900 overall in last-minute funds.

Others getting a lot in last-minute donations include Gov. Mary Fallin, $42,604; state Senate candidate Kay Floyd, $34,400; and state Sen. AJ Griffin, $36,000.

The totals involve funds raised since June 10 by candidates for statewide office, the Legislature, district attorney or judge.

American Indian tribes gave more than $70,000 in last-minute donations, reports show. State Rep. Paul Wesselhoft, R-Moore, was the biggest beneficiary — collecting $9,000 from three Oklahoma tribes, the reports show.

Contributing: Staff Writers Paul Monies, Andrew Knittle and Jennifer Palmer

by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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