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One legislator's mixed message

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board and Ray Carter Modified: June 14, 2013 at 2:38 pm •  Published: May 23, 2013

State Rep. Mike Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City, says a group of private citizens has asked him to help launch a website that will “draw connections between campaign contributions and tax credits.”

That’s a perfectly legitimate exercise. Citizens should certainly consider whether contributions influence tax policies in a way that financially benefits only a favored few at the expense of the majority.

But it’s odd that Reynolds used a taxpayer-funded press release to announce a government-transparency initiative pursued by unnamed private funders.

It would have been better for the private group to fund its own press releases instead of using taxpayer resources to underwrite the public relations effort, especially if it turns out some of those private individuals contributed to Reynolds’ past campaigns.

It sends a mixed message, at best, to announce you’re targeting the abuse of taxpayer resources through a process that appears to do the same thing.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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by Ray Carter
Editorial Writer
Ray Carter joined The Oklahoman in May 2012 after serving as Media Director for the Oklahoma House of Representatives for over seven years. A native of Oklahoma, Carter has worked in the newspaper and public relations businesses since 1998.
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