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Oklahoma Republican lawmakers boost GOP campaign funding

Members of Oklahoma's congressional delegation send money to other Republican campaigns; Mitt Romney has big edge in donations from Oklahoma.
by Chris Casteel Modified: November 2, 2012 at 9:48 pm •  Published: November 3, 2012

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Romney received $248,272 from the 73116 ZIP code in northwest Oklahoma City; $205,000 from the 73120 ZIP code in northwest Oklahoma City; and $210,861 from the 73013 ZIP code in Edmond.

Romney has collected just over $1 million from Tulsa-area ZIP codes beginning with 741, according to FEC figures.

Obama's top ZIP codes for donors were in Oklahoma, Cleveland and Tulsa counties. Obama received $495,835 from Tulsa-area ZIP codes beginning with 741; $421,975 from ZIP codes beginning with 730 and $393,848 from ZIP codes beginning with 731.

Those figures don't count money that Oklahomans have given to political action committees supporting one of the candidates. Rooney Holdings, of Tulsa, has given $1 million to Restore Our Future, a so-called Super PAC that is financing ads for Romney; L. Francis Rooney III was also a major donor to former President George W. Bush and was ambassador to the Vatican during the Bush administration.

Joseph Craft, of Alliance Coal in Tulsa, has also given $1 million to Restore Our Future; Oklahoma City oilman Harold Hamm, Romney's energy adviser, has given $985,000 to the political action committee; and Ken Davidson, of Oklahoma City, has given $175,000 to the PAC.

Robert Price, of Tulsa, started his own political action committee, Full Speed Ahead, to boost advertising for Obama and had spent $128,000 through September.

Oklahoma GOP sends millions to Florida

The Oklahoma Republican Party has transferred $8 million to the Florida Republican Party using money it has received from a joint fundraising committee set up to help presidential nominee Mitt Romney and Republican Party accounts.

The joint committee includes party organizations in four states where the outcome of the presidential race isn't in doubt. Money was essentially parked in the noncompetitive states to be deployed to swing states. In its latest federal campaign finance filing, the Oklahoma party reported it has received $8.3 million from the joint committee and directed $8,025,000 to Florida.

by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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