Physician-owned hospital doctors are major political contributors in Oklahoma

Spine doctors in Oklahoma City and Tulsa have made more than $640,000 in political contributions in recent years as the Oklahoma Legislature repeatedly has taken up workers' compensation legislation that could impact their income.
Oklahoman Published: April 8, 2013
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Spine doctors in Oklahoma City and Tulsa have given more than $640,000 in political contributions in recent years as the Oklahoma Legislature repeatedly has taken up workers' compensation legislation that could impact their income.

An analysis of contributions by doctors associated with Oklahoma Spine Hospital in Oklahoma City and entities they control revealed they made more than $340,000 in political contributions in recent years. Doctors associated with Tulsa Spine and Specialty Hospital in Tulsa and entities they control gave more than $300,000.

The largest contribution was a $30,000 donation that the Oklahoma Spine Hospital gave to the Majority Fund last October. The Majority Fund is a political action committee that spent more than $130,000 supporting Republican state House candidates last October and November, records show.

Other major donations included $20,000 that the Oklahoma Spine Hospital gave to the Oklahoma Speaker's Ball in 2012 and $13,750 that the Tulsa Spine and Specialty Hospital gave to the Speaker's Ball from 2007 through 2012. The Speaker's Ball is a big party hosted by the speaker of the state House of Representatives prior to the start of each session.

by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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by Randy Ellis
Capitol Bureau Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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