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Republican lawmaker from Oklahoma self-funds congressional campaign with $500,000

State Rep. Mike Turner’s donation and loan to his campaign puts his fundraising ahead of Corporation Commissioner Patrice Douglas and the rest of a crowded field
by Chris Casteel Published: April 22, 2014

State Rep. Mike Turner put $500,000 of his own money into his campaign for the U.S. House seat being vacated by Rep. James Lankford, according to a federal campaign report filed Tuesday.

Turner, a 27-year-old Republican from Edmond, loaned his campaign $250,000 and donated another $250,000, according to the report, which was posted on the Federal Election Commission website a week later than reports for other candidates in the 5th District race.

Stephen Paulsen, campaign coordinator for Turner’s effort, said Turner mailed in his report and was not required to file it electronically, though federal rules indicate otherwise.

Turner received $3,400 in donations, in addition to the money he put into the campaign. His $503,400 total in receipts eclipsed that of Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Patrice Douglas, an Edmond Republican, whose campaign raised $404,537; state Sen. Clark Jolley, R-Edmond, who raised $178,000; former state lawmaker Steve Russell, who raised $107,000, and others in the crowded GOP field.

Turner reported spending $185,388 through March 31, most of it on advertising and consulting.

Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, has represented the district, which includes most of Oklahoma County and Pottawatomie and Seminole counties, since 2011. He is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee.

Primary elections are scheduled for June 24, with runoffs set for Aug. 26.

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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