Vote results match spending in Oklahoma County primary

Campaign finance reports indicate incumbent Brian Maughan outspent his challenger six-to-one in an Oklahoma County commissioners' race; Deputy Court Clerk Tim Rhodes loaned his campaign $22,000 to keep up with opponent Charles Key in the Oklahoma County court clerk's race.
BY ZEKE CAMPFIELD zcampfield@opubco.com Published: July 10, 2012
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Campaign finance reports indicate the incumbent candidate for Oklahoma County District 2 Commissioner raised nearly six times the amount of money as his challenger, most of it from small donors.

Spending was less significant in the county court clerk's race, but in both races campaign expenditures paralleled the final vote tally.

Brian Maughan, who won a second term in county office in the Republican primary June 26, raised $131,217 during his campaign, including $8,250 from Republican political action committees, according to a campaign contributions and expenditures report filed with Oklahoma Ethics Commission.

His opponent, Harrah business owner Gordon Jeney, raised $21,658 in the campaign, all of which came from individuals, according to the report.

It only took half of Maughan's war chest, however, for him to garner three times the votes Jeney did. Final vote was 5,562-1,865, with Maughan winning all but two precincts.

Among the most substantial committee donations accepted by Maughan in his re-election campaign were $2,500 from Thoroughbred PAC and $2,000 each from Energy for Oklahomans PAC and Realtors PAC of Oklahoma.

A total of 147 individual donations of more than $50 were made to Maughan's campaign, compared to 104 to Jeney's campaign. For Maughan, 75 percent of individual donations were for $50 or less; for Jeney, that figure was 27 percent.

Seven individuals, plus the Chickasaw Nation, donated $5,000 each to Maughan's campaign. Individuals included Rep. David Dank, R-Oklahoma City; Gene Downing of Downing Wellhead Equipment; Erin McKinney of Moore-based McKinney Construction; former state Rep. Charles Gray; Oklahoma City philanthropist Josephine Freede; and Al Mertens, former chair of the Oklahoma County Republican Party.

An additional 21 individuals donated $1,000 or more to Maughan's campaign.

The most generous donations to Jeney's campaign came from Rick Nossaman, president of Cher Oil Co., who gave $2,000; and from Danny and Pam Boyle, owners of Country Boy Store, who donated $1,000 on two occasions.

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