Step Up Campaign Highlights Gap in State Disclosure Laws

Although the Step Up Oklahoma plan failed to pass, it highlighted a gap in state campaign finance laws that can keep much of the funding and spending on both sides of the issue a secret.   

Oklahoma Slow to Adopt Changes to Ease Voting Laws

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.

An oil derrick sits on the grounds of the Oklahoma Capitol.

Donations, Lobbying Reflect Influence of Oil and Gas Industry

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.