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Two more outside groups report aiding T.W. Shannon effort

by Chris Casteel Modified: June 9, 2014 at 5:40 pm •  Published: June 9, 2014
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T.W. Shannon announces a run for the United States Senate during a news conference at the Tulsa Historical Society  Jan. 29, 2014. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World
T.W. Shannon announces a run for the United States Senate during a news conference at the Tulsa Historical Society Jan. 29, 2014. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World

Two more outside groups are spending money to help state Rep. T.W. Shannon win the Republican nomination to replace U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn.

Reports filed with the Federal Election Commission on Monday show a political action committee called Now or Never spent $100,000 on television advertising , evenly split for Shannon, of Lawton, and against U.S. Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City.

The group also recently invested in a Texas congressional campaign that knocked off 91-year-old Republican incumbent Ralph Hall in a run-off primary.

Now or Never has not reported contributions since 2012, when it received $2.1 million from a group called New Models, $2.5 million from Americans for Limited Government and $1.7 million from the American Conservative Union; donations from individuals, including August Busch III, were also reported by the group.

A group called Black America’s Political Action Committee on Monday reported spending $1,400 on billboard advertising for Shannon.

A group called Oklahomans for a Conservative Future, which has been running negative ads against Lankford, reported on Monday another $126,000 spent on television advertising against him. That pushes the group’s total spending above $1 million. The group does not reveal its donors.

The Senate Conservatives Fund has reported spending about $5,100 on his behalf.

The groups cannot legally coordinate with the Shannon campaign.

A group called Foundation for Economic Prosperity has funded advertising and a poll for Lankford but has not disclosed how much money it has spent. None of the leaders of that group have responded to inquiries from The Oklahoman.

Shannon and Lankford are among seven Republicans running for the last two years of Coburn’s term. The Republican nominee is expected to win easily this fall.


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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