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Poultry executives donate last-minute to Askins

Two officials with Tyson Foods and the owner of Simmons Foods gave the maximum $5,000 contribution to Democratic Lieutenant Governor Jari Askins' bid for governor. Her opponent, Attorney General Drew Edmondson, filed a federal pollution lawsuit against those and several other poultry firms.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Published: July 28, 2010
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/articleid/3480103/1/pictures/1057257">Photo -  In this July 7, 2010 file photo, Oklahoma gubernatorial candidate  Lt. Gov. Jari Askins, gestures as she answers a question during a gubernatorial forum in Enid, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
In this July 7, 2010 file photo, Oklahoma gubernatorial candidate Lt. Gov. Jari Askins, gestures as she answers a question during a gubernatorial forum in Enid, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

The most recent campaign reporting period ended July 12. Candidates are required to report contributions or loans on a daily basis through Tuesday's primaries.

State Sen. Todd Lamb, R-Edmond, reported a $1,000 donation Tuesday, putting his overall total at $694,468. He finished way ahead in fundraising over four other GOP contenders.

Scott Pruitt and Ryan Leonard, Republicans who hope to succeed Edmondson as attorney general, each reported last-minute contributions Tuesday. Pruitt reported receiving $7,400, putting his total at $390,342; Leonard reported receiving $5,000, putting his total at $917,484.

State Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy, who has no Democratic challenger, reported receiving $3,000 on Tuesday, giving her a total of $423,820. Her GOP opponent filed papers stating he didn't plan to raise more than $500.

John Doak, a Republican running for insurance commissioner, reported a $4,000 contribution, putting his overall total at $119,630, outpacing his two GOP opponents.

Owen Laughlin, a former state senator from Woodward running for state treasurer, reported a $1,000 contribution, putting his total raised at $141,441, less than half the amount raised by his GOP challenger.


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