A nonprofit foundation created by Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb has raised more than $850,000 since it launched nearly two years ago. But with Lamb’s candidacy for governor, the nonprofit is treading a fine line between issue advocacy and appearing to promote Lamb in the race.
An Oklahoma Watch review of thousands of gifts and meal purchases in 2017 found it’s impossible to confirm who was bankrolling efforts to influence policymakers for a quarter of the record-setting amount that lobbyists spent on legislators and other state officials last session.
More than 60 legislative bills have been filed since 2015 that seek to make voting and registering to vote easier in the state. Ten passed, but the most significant one, allowing online voter registration, may not be in place for two to three more years.
Oil and gas companies, along with their trade groups, have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign donations to lawmakers over more than two years, with top Republican leaders at the forefront of budget talks taking in some of the largest amounts.
Each year, Oklahoma legislators and statewide elected officials must report details about their personal finances to alert the public to potential conflicts of interest. This year, however, they generally will be asked to report fewer facts than ever.
Although the state does not post public officials’ financial disclosure forms online, Oklahoma Watch is offering easy access to them on its website. Do you know more than what is revealed on one or more forms?
Financial disclosures by Scott Pruitt, newly appointed EPA administrator and former Oklahoma attorney general, offer a contrast between the more robust federal disclosure requirements and those of the state.