WASHINGTON — Republican members of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation have donated more than $1.7 million from their campaign accounts and political action committees to GOP candidates and national party organizations in the last two years, according to federal campaign reports.
Since most members of the delegation had little competition or no race at all this year, the lawmakers redirected some of the money they had collected to candidates with tough races or to the Republican campaign arms for House and Senate races.
The Oklahomans have sent some of their money to Republican congressional candidates in Oklahoma. Markwayne Mullin, the Republican running for the eastern Oklahoma seat being vacated by Rep. Dan Boren, has received $25,000 combined from Oklahoma’s U.S. senators and three of its U.S. House members.
Jim Bridenstine, the Republican who defeated incumbent Rep. John Sullivan in the Tulsa area district primary, has received $19,500.
Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne, has contributed the most to candidates and GOP causes — $678,125 from his own campaign account and the political action committee he controls.
The majority of the money has gone to the National Republican Congressional Committee.
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, has directed $362,000 to Republicans running for the Senate and to the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, has sent $333,500 to Republican campaigns.
Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, has sent $183,000 from his campaign account and political action committee to GOP campaign committees.
Sullivan made $14,500 in donations from his political action committee, including $2,500 to his own campaign account to retire debts.
Boren, D-Muskogee, the only Democrat in the state’s congressional delegation, has donated $24,000 to Democratic campaigns in the last two years, though none to Rob Wallace, the Democratic nominee running for his seat.
Oklahoma donations to presidential race
Oklahomans have donated $4,248,177 to Republican Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign and $1,803,052 to President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, according to the latest figures from the Federal Election Commission.
Of Romney’s donations, $1.1 million came from ZIP codes in Oklahoma City, Midwest City, Del City and Nichols Hills.
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.