Oklahoma's legislative campaigns raise more than $5.2 million

Republican candidates have raised $2.9 million for legislative campaigns in Oklahoma, while Democrats have raised $2.3 million.
BY MEGAN ROLLAND mrolland@opubco.com Published: November 3, 2012
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“Those are good opportunities that we see,” Pinnell said. “They are great pickup opportunities for us. Charles McCall has been very involved in the community there for years, and is a good fundraiser.”

The campaign for Senate District 7 in McAlester has raised $158,000. Republican candidate Larry Boggs raised $114,000 of campaign funds raised in the district. J. Paul Lane, the Democrat in the race, has raised $44,000.

In Adair County, candidates for Senate District 3 have raised $182,000.

District 13 Sen. Susan Paddack, D-Ada, has raised more than $211,000 this election cycle, more than any other candidate for legislative office. That does not include donations of less than $50 or the $147,000 she carried over from other campaigns, including her unsuccessful 2010 bid for state schools superintendent.

Paddack's opponent is Fred Smith, who spent time in Pontotoc County jail in July for failing to pay child support and other fines. Smith, a Republican, has raised roughly $1,600.

“At that time, when she was raising her resources, she didn't necessarily know about the troubles or the troubled past of her opponent. She was just focusing on the race and the task at hand,” Robertson said. “She's not only a great senator, but she's a prolific fundraiser.”

District 41 Sen. Clark Jolley raised $182,000, the second-highest amount. But adding the $217,000 Jolley raised in 2010, then transferred to his new campaign fund, moves him to the top position.

His opponent in the primary was tea party conservative Paul Blair, who lost by about 1,000 votes. However, his general election opponent Richard Prawdzienski, an independent, filed an affidavit of minimal activity and has spent little to nothing on his campaign.

Third on the list is Rob Standridge, a Norman Republican vying for the Senate District 15 seat. Standridge has raised $147,000, including a $21,000 personal loan, and a number of donations from pharmacists and pharmaceutical political action committees.

His opponent Claudia Griffith, a Democrat, has raised $59,000.

Most of the money poured into the 93 candidates on the Nov. 6 ballot for legislative offices come from individuals who contributed a total of $2.8 million.

Political action committees gave another almost $2 million, while businesses and tribes account for roughly $400,000 in donations.



Dataset - 2012 Campaign Contributions

CLICK THE IMAGE ABOVE - Campaign contribution filings for 2012 Oklahoma campaigns. Data was compiled from information provided by the Oklahoma Ethic Commission. Reports include a full list of contributors, top campaigns, and top contributors as well as break downs by party.

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