The Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs is in a fight with the Oklahoma State Ethics Commission over a proposed rule that broadens the definition of lobbying and could cause organizations like the OCPA to reveal their donors and members.
The rule is backed by Rep. Meloyde Blancett, D-Tulsa, who says she has become alarmed at the influence of “dark money” in state politics.
Last week the OCPA blasted the proposed rule, then filed an open records request for correspondence between the commission and the Brennan Center for Justice, an affiliate of the New York University law school that advocates for government transparency, among other things.
The OCPA says the commission consulted with the Brennan Center on the rule.
OCPA President Jonathan Small compared the proposed rule to early 20th century efforts to force the NAACP to reveal its membership.
Vice President Trent England said, “It is beyond ironic that the Oklahoma Ethics Commission is working with the Brennan Center on a proposed rule that would violate Oklahoman’s rights to free speech and personal privacy.
“The Brennan Center is a Washington, D.C.-based liberal organization — not that there’s anything wrong with that — funded by George Soros and closely aligned with former President Obama.”
The OCPA advocates for minimal state government and taxes, and its trustees include some of the state’s best-known conservatives.
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