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Outside group backing Mike Turner funded by Turners

by Chris Casteel Modified: June 20, 2014 at 4:30 pm •  Published: June 19, 2014
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State Rep. Mike Turner, who has put $625,000 of his own money into his Oklahoma congressional race, is being backed by a political action committee that has received $135,000 from other Turners.

The Democracy Values Fund _ a recently-established super PAC _ received $125,000 from a trust held by Michele G. Turner and $10,000 from Jack E. Turner, of southwest Oklahoma City, an executive with Beckham operating, according to a report filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Democracy Values Fund reported Thursday that it has spent $121,000 _ mostly for advertising _ on behalf of Turner’s campaign.

An attorney for the PAC said Thursday he did not know what relation Michele Turner had, if any, to the candidate.

Turner’s campaign manager did not respond to an email seeking information about the relationship.

A Turner campaign ad features the candidate’s mother, whose name is spelled as Michelle in the ad. Michelle Turner talks in the ad about how hard financial times sometimes forced the family to move in with her parents.

Turner, 27, serves in the state House and owns an interest in the family business, S.M.J. Corp. , which includes Turner Bros. Trucking, Turner Bros. Crane and Rigging and Beckham Operating.

He is one of six Republicans running for the nomination to replace Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, who is running for the U.S. Senate.

Turner’s self funding gave him the biggest campaign warchest in the race. Corporation Commissioner Patrice Douglas reported raising $559,000 through June 4. Only Douglas has been able to come close to matching the money Turner and the Democracy Values PAC have spent on advertising.

The primary is June 24.

Note: An earlier version of this story reported that the Michele G. Turner trust was  listed  on Oklahoma County assessor records as an owner of the Edmond property used by Mike Turner on his federal and state candidacy filings,

Those county property records now reflect the owners of the Edmond property as the Michael Jeffrey Turner Trust and the Turner Family Trust.

Larry Stein, chief deputy at the Oklahoma County assessor’s office, said Friday that the records had been changed Friday after the office received a call from an attorney. Stein said it was not unusual for the office to change records that included errors or did not accurately reflect ownership.

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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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