Gov. Mary Fallin's campaign fund has nearly $400,000
BY RANDY KREHBIEL World Staff Writer
Saturday, February 02, 2013
2/02/13 at 6:08 AM
OKLAHOMA CITY - Gov. Mary Fallin steams into the second half of her first team with nearly $400,000 in accumulated campaign funds, according to year-end filings with the state Ethics Commission.
For the year, Fallin reported contributions of $130,499.86 and, although she does not face re-election until 2014, expenditures of $99,520.54.
More than half the contributions and nearly half the expenditures occurred in the fourth quarter of 2012.
Fallin campaign expenditures during 2012 included $19,210.24 to The Tarrance Group, an Alexandria, Va., consulting firm whose partners include Ed Goeas, a longtime political adviser to Fallin.
The campaign also paid $13,414.20 to CMA Strategies, an Oklahoma City consulting firm, for "fundraising" and "bookkeeping fees," and $5,059.36 to Direct Mail Systems of Clearwater, Fla.
Most of those expenses occurred in the final two months of the year.
Close behind Fallin in cash on hand among statewide officials are Corporation Commissioners Dana Murphy and Patrice Douglas.
Murphy, whose current six-year term does not expire until 2016, has accumulated $366,046.82.
Douglas, who won a six-year term without opposition in 2012, has $298,719.33.
The only statewide officer with a considerable campaign fund balance is Insurance Commissioner John Doak. Midway through his first term, Doak has amassed $256,128.56. He has also spent more than $70,000, including more than $40,000 with SAGAC Public Affairs of Oklahoma City.
Not surprisingly, most of Doak's contributions appear to come from people and organizations with ties to the insurance and financial sectors. Executives associated with North American Insurance and affiliated companies, based in Chandler, have given Doak at least $30,000.
State Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones had the least cash on hand - $576.40 - of any statewide office.
All statewide officials except corporation commissioners will be up for election in 2014.
Only a handful of legislators ended the year with as much as $100,000 on hand. The combination of fewer competitive races and the increased use of third-party independent expenditures seemed to cut down candidates' reliance on their own campaign funds.
State Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa, topped the list with $163,782.20, followed by state Rep. Randy McDaniel, R-Oklahoma City, at $142,821.62. McDaniel was re-elected last year with token opposition.
The top Democrat was Sen. Susan Paddack of Ada, with $128,286.55. Paddack won a third term in November.
Campaign fund balances
Statewide elected officials through Dec. 31
|Gov. Mary Fallin
|Corp. Comm. Dana Murphy
|Corp. Comm. Patrice Douglas
|Insurance Comm. John Doak
|Corp. Comm. Bob Anthony
|Treasurer Ken Miller
|Supterintendent Janet Barresi
|Labor Comm. Mark Costello
|Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb
|Attorney General Scott Pruitt
|Auditor & Inspector Gary Jones
Legislators through Dec. 31
|Sen. Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa
|Rep. Randy McDaniel, R-Okla. City
|Sen. Susan Paddack, D-Ada
|Sen. Tom Ivester, D-Elk City
|Sen. Cliff Branan, R-Okla. City
|Rep. Lisa Billy, R-Purcell
|Sen. Sean Burrage, D-Claremore
Original Print Headline: Fallin at top in campaign funds
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