Legislators’ ‘Officeholder’ Spending of Campaign Funds

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Legislators may spend campaign donations on so-called “officeholder expenses”, which can be anything associated with their official duties provided the expenses wouldn’t have occurred if the person weren’t in office.

A review of such expenses  from January to September 2017 show most of the spending was tied to official duties. But some raised questions, including tickets to athletic events, chambers of commerce banquets and an anniversary ball; trips to conferences and the presidential inauguration, and meals, often with other legislators.

Tickets

Name PartyDate in 2017PayeeLocation DescriptionAmount
Rep. Tess TeagueRepublicanApril 11Midwest City Chamber Of CommerceMidwest CityTicket For Tinker AFB 75Th Anniversary Gala$200.00
Rep. Tess TeagueRepublicanApril 4Midwest City Chamber Of CommerceMidwest CityTicket For Tinker AFB 75Th Anniversary Ball$200.00
Rep. Charles OrtegaRepublicanSeptember 7Southwest Oklahoma Republican WomenDukeTable At Beans and Baskets Fundraiser - Southwest Oklahoma Republican Women$250.00
Rep. Charles OrtegaRepublicanSeptember 7Southwest Oklahoma Republican WomenDukeTable At Beans and Baskets Fundraiser - Southwest Oklahoma Republican Women$250.00
Rep. Jadine NollanRepublicanApril 19Sand Springs Education FoundationSand SpringsAnnual Education Fundraiser Banquet Tickets$70.00
Rep. Roger FordRepublicanApril 14Midwest City ChamberMidwest City75Th Anniversary Gala For Local Chamber$500.00
Rep. Roger FordRepublicanApril 7Mid-Del Tinker 100Midwest CityAnnual Community Banquet$250.00
Sen. Nathan DahmRepublicanJanuary 13Oklahoma State SocietyBroken ArrowOklahoma Inaugural Ball$212.00
Rep. Kevin CalveyRepublicanMay 12Freedom Foundation Valley ForgeEdmondTable At Freedom Foundation Banquet$180.00
Sen. Bill BrownRepublicanAugust 23Oklahoma State UniversityStillwaterFootball Tickets$520.00
Sen. Josh BrecheenRepublicanMarch 25Johnston County ChamberTishomingoBanquet Ticket$30.00
Rep. Meloyde BlancettDemocratApril 17Ne Oklahoma Central Labor CouncilTulsaBanquet Ticket$50.00
Rep. Rhonda BakerRepublicanApril 7Savannah Station Therapeutic Riding ProgramEl RenoTickets To Dinner/Fundraiser$60.00
Rep. Rhonda BakerRepublicanFebruary 23City Rescue MissionOklahoma CityTicket/Donation For Hearts Of Hope Fundraiser$50.00

Trips

NamePartyDate in 2017PayeeDescriptionLocation Amount
Rep. Casey MurdockRepublicanJanuary 14Hyatt Hotels GrandLodging-Reservation Change Fee-Presidential InaugurationWashington, DC$411.06
Rep. John Paul JordanRepublicanJanuary 21Embassy Suites - BWIHotel Room For D.C. Visit - Inauguration Jan 19 - Jan 21Linthicum, MD$343.76
Sen. Natham DahmRepublicanJanuary 21Battlefield InnHotel For InaugurationManassas, VA$327.70
Sen. Natham DahmRepublicanJanuary 10United AirlinesFlight For InaugurationChicago, IL$253.80
Sen. Natham DahmRepublicanJanuary 23Hotels.comHotel For Inaugural TripDallas, TX$91.82
Sen. Natham DahmRepublicanJanuary 23Dahm, NathanInaugural Mileage (1,428 Miles)Broken Arrow$763.98
Rep. John Paul JordanRepublicanJanuary 9Southwest AirlinesRound Trip Flight To Washington D.C.Dallas, TX$512.90
Rep. George Young DemocratJune 20Holiday Inn New OrleansHotel Cost For Essence EventNew Orleans, LA$1,138.30
Rep. George Young DemocratJune 20Holiday Inn New OrleansHousing Cost For Essence EventNew Orleans, LA$992.62
Rep. George Young DemocratJune 20United Airline, IncAirline Ticket For Essence EventChicago, IL$257.00
Rep. John Paul JordanRepublicanJanuary 9Southwest AirlinesRound Trip Flight To Washington D.C.Dallas, TX$512.90

Meals

Name PartyDate in 2017PayeeDescriptionLocation Amount
Rep. Rhonda Baker RepublicanAugust 25OSU Student UnionBreakfast At Women's ConferenceStillwater$9.50
Rep. Rhonda Baker RepublicanJune 24The Ritz-CarltonMeal Not Covered by Sreb ConferenceNew Orleans, LA$16.32
Rep. Rhonda Baker RepublicanJune 27Zatarain's KitchenMeal Not Covered by Sreb ConferenceKenner, LA$17.51
Sen. Stephanie Bice RepublicanMarch 22Ted's Cafe EsconditoBudget Caucus LunchOklahoma City$1050.00
Rep. Meloyde Blancett DemocratMay 24Cellar CafeCaucus Sine Die EventOklahoma City$50.00
Sen. Bill Brown RepublicanSeptember 7Rib CribLunch MeetingTulsa $38.51
Sen. Bill Brown RepublicanFebruary 1Rib CribLunch MeetingTulsa $27.00
Sen. Bill Brown RepublicanFebruary 16Health Nut CafeLunch MeetingOklahoma City$24.35
Sen. Bill Brown RepublicanJanuary 4IHOPBreakfast MeetingOklahoma City$23.16
Sen. Bill Brown RepublicanJanuary 4Dino's Pizza & GrillLunch MeetingOklahoma City$16.23
Rep. Kevin Calvey RepublicanAugust 15Edmond Republican WomenTicket For Lunch EventEdmond$50.00
Sen. Nathan DahmRepublicanMarch 13The Deep Fork GrillWhip Dinner For FreshmenOklahoma City$332.42
Sen. Kim David RepublicanMarch 7Jimmy John'sFood-Caucus LunchOklahoma City$560.44
Sen. Jack FryRepublicanMarch 13The Drum RoomHalf of Total Bill For Sponsorship Of Caucus Lunch. Total Bill Paid By 'Friends Of Jason Smalley 2014'. This Is Reimbursement For 1/2 Of Bill. ReportOklahoma City$325.00
Rep. Tom GannRepublicanApril 28Wilham, LouisThunderbird Academy Meal Reimbursement To Louis Wilham OngPryor Creek$3.50
Rep. Chris KannadyRepublicanApril 19Mickey Mantle'sMeeting With Legislators To Discuss LegislationOklahoma City$286.30
Rep. Chris KannadyRepublicanMarch 30NicksFood for Legislative MeetingOklahoma City$254.81
Sen. Chris Kidd RepublicanMay 5The Faculty HouseSenate Republican Caucus Lunch SponsorOklahoma City$352.16
Sen. Chris Kidd RepublicanMay 5The Faculty HouseSenate Republican Caucus Lunch SponsorOklahoma City$70.00
Sen. James LeewrightRepublicanMarch 30James NewmanProviding Lunch For Republican Caucus MembersWeleetka$242.00
Rep. Ben LoringDemocratApril 26Empire SliceTake Constituent, Jordan Barlow, Rep. Young And Rep. Griffith To LunchOklahoma City$45.00
Sen. Bryce Marlatt RepublicanMay 26West RestaurantMeals / Lunch With ColleaguesOklahoma City$210.67
Sen. Bryce Marlatt RepublicanJune 6Capital GrilleMeals / Meeting With Colleagues And Constituents During Legislative ConferenceDallas, TX$238.10
Rep. Mark McBride RepublicanFebruary 9Premier CateringHosting Of Freshman Legislator DinnerOklahoma City$600.00
Rep. Mark McBride RepublicanJune 1Premier CateringCatering For Hosted Dinner For Elected OfficialsOklahoma City$459.12
Rep. Mark McBride RepublicanJuly 28Broadway 10Lunch With ColleaguesOklahoma City$76.11
Rep. Mark McBride RepublicanAugust 11Broadway 10Dinner With ColleaguesOklahoma City$71.19
Rep. Mark McBride RepublicanJuly 12Broadway 10Lunch With Colleagues And Industry ProfessionalsOklahoma City$57.44
Rep. Mark McBride RepublicanJuly 10Broadway 10Lunch With ColleaguesOklahoma City$49.35
Rep. Mark McBride RepublicanJuly 27Mahogany Prime SteakhouseDinner With Colleagues / Includes $10 Parking FeeOklahoma City$99.59
Rep. Mark McBride RepublicanJuly 10Mahogany Prime SteakhouseDinner With ColleaguesOklahoma City$85.40
Rep. Mark McBride RepublicanSeptember 28Mahogany Prime SteakhouseParking For Legislative MeetingOklahoma City$10.00
Rep. Mark McBride RepublicanSeptember 25Mahogany Prime SteakhouseParking For Legislative MeetingOklahoma City$10.00
Rep. Mark McBride RepublicanAugust 16Mahogany Prime SteakhouseParking For MeetingOklahoma City$10.00
Rep. Mark McBride RepublicanSeptember 12OU Faculty HouseLegislative Breakfast MeetingOklahoma City$17.88
Rep. Mark McBride RepublicanMarch 23Mahogany Prime SteakhouseLegislative Working DinnerOklahoma City$110.00
Rep. Mark McBride RepublicanFebruary 23Mahogany Prime SteakhouseWorking Legislative DinnerOklahoma City$79.12
Rep. Mark McBride RepublicanFebruary 10Mahogany Prime SteakhouseLegislative Working DinnerOklahoma City$70.95
Rep. Mark McBride RepublicanMarch 31Mahogany Prime SteakhouseLegislative DinnerOklahoma City$50.58
Rep. Mark McBride RepublicanFebruary 27Hollie's FlatironLegislative DinnerMoore$700.72
Rep. Glen MulreadyRepublicanJanuary 18Jenks Chamber Of CommerceChamber LuncheonJenks$15.00
Sen. Joe NewhouseRepublicanMay 22Ingrid's KitchenSponsored Luncheon For Senate Republican CaucusOklahoma City$348.35
Rep. Mike OsburnRepublicanAugust 17OKC Museum of Art CafeLuncheon With Oklahoma State Department Of Education Officials And StaffOklahoma City19.51$
Sen. Marty Quinn RepublicanAugust 7Hammett House RestaurantAppreciation DinnerClaremore$1948.8
Rep. Mike RitzeRepublicanJanuary 9Texas De BrazilCampaign DinnerTulsa $86.09
Rep. Mike Sanders RepublicanFebruary 28Mickey Mantle's SteakhouseLegislative DinnerOklahoma City$306.39
Rep. Mike Sanders RepublicanJanuary 12Kamp's 1910 CafeLegislative MeetingOklahoma City$21.00
Sen. Paul Scott RepublicanMay 5Faculty HousePurchase Of Meals For Meeting Of Caucus.Oklahoma City$422.17
Sen. Ron SharpRepublicanMarch 27Ted's Cafe EscondidoCaucus Lunch SponsorshipOklahoma City$467.00
Sen. Frank SimpsonRepublicanSeptember 18Ardmore ChamberLuncheonArdmore$20.00
Sen. Jason SmalleyRepublicanMarch 29Drum RoomCaucus LunchOklahoma City$650.00
Sen. Greg TreatRepublicanMarch 20Ned's CateringTo Provide Lunch For A Caucus Meeting At The CapitolOklahoma City$867.50
Rep. Cory Williams DemocratJuly 3VastCaucus Retreat Hosted By CandidateOklahoma City$265.85
Sen. Ervin YenRepublicanApril 5Newman's BarbequeRepublican Caucus LunchWeleetka$242.00
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