Tuesday, April 25, 2017

OCPAC endorses Tressa Nunley in HD75 special election

Oklahoma’s Premier Conservative Group Endorses Tressa Nunley 
in House District 75 Special Election

Oklahoma Conservative PAC members interviewed candidates for the Oklahoma State House District 75 - Special Election for Broken Arrow and Tulsa voters. The contested Republican primary is coming up quickly on Tuesday, May 9th.

John Michener, the President of OCPAC, released the following statement:

“After a survey and interview process, OCPAC members voted overwhelmingly to endorse Tressa Nunley for Oklahoma House District 75.  We were impressed with the way she articulated fiscal conservatism and the need to champion liberty.  Citizens in Broken Arrow and Tulsa should feel good about voting for Tressa to defend their interests at the Capitol.”

Tressa Nunley expressed her appreciation for the endorsement, stating, “I am grateful for the time given by this great group of Oklahoma conservatives to meet me, share ideas, ask tough questions on relevant topics, and to discuss workable solutions for the challenges facing our state.  I have spent my 25-year business career making decisions based on my Christian, conservative principles, and that track record shows that I am committed to earning trust and delivering on promises. I look forward to working together with all to find answers and place Oklahoma on the right fiscal track while standing for conservative, constitutional principles.

Tressa Nunley is a successful businesswoman and Realtor serving her hometown community. A lifelong Tulsan, Nunley graduated from Nathan Hale High School, and the University of Oklahoma with a Business Administration degree. She and her husband Marc are active members of Tulsa Bible Church and have four granddaughters, two in Oklahoma who attend local public schools and two who live in Hawaii where their parents are serving in the U.S. Army.

For more information on Tressa Nunley, please visit her website at www.TressaNunley.com or on Facebook at Tressa Nunley for State Representative.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Gary Richardson announces campaign for Governor

Tulsa attorney and past Republican (2nd Congressional District: 1978 and 1980) and Independent (Governor: 2002) political candidate Gary Richardson announced today that he is officially running for the Republican nomination for Governor in 2018. Richardson had been exploring the possibility for the past several months.

Here is his announcement video:

You can visit his website here.

Candidates so far for Governor are:

Friday, April 21, 2017

Bridenstine endorses Pinnell for Lieutenant Governor

Pinnell and Bridenstine at precinct meetings in 2013

At the Tulsa Republican Club meeting today, it was announced that Congressman Jim Bridenstine is endorsing Matt Pinnell for Lieutenant Governor.

Bridenstine sent me the following statement:
"Matt Pinnell is a proven leader in Republican politics. He has experience representing Oklahoma at the national level and will be a tremendous asset selling the many unique capabilities and opportunities of our great state. I am proud to endorse Matt Pinnell for Oklahoma's next Lieutenant Governor."
You can follow Pinnell's campaign on Facebook or at his website.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Scott Inman seeks Democratic nomination for Governor

Oklahoma House Minority Leader Scott Inman (D-OKC) announced his candidacy for Governor today with the following video:

He joins former State Sen. Connie Johnson and Norman Brown in seeking the Democratic nomination in 2018 for Governor. Inman is term-limited.

Matt Pinnell announces for Lieutenant Governor

Former OKGOP Chairman Matt Pinnell sent the following email out this afternoon, announcing his candidacy for Lieutenant Governor:

When I graduated from Oral Roberts University I was challenged and reminded to “make no little plans.” Those words have driven me ever since.

For the last several months my family, friends, and fellow Oklahomans have encouraged me to continue a lifelong fight — making Oklahoma a place where our children and grandchildren can prosper and succeed for generations to come.

That's why I'm excited to tell you I'm running to be Oklahoma’s next Lieutenant Governor in 2018!

My skills and experiences have uniquely prepared me to serve Oklahoma at this critical moment in our state’s history.

As I’ve traveled the country helping to elect Donald Trump and win Republican majorities in the U.S. House and Senate, Oklahoma has always remained home. I have met so many Oklahomans who share my vision for an innovative, prosperous, and forward-looking state. This is why I've kept my family in Oklahoma, why Lisa and I started our small business here, and what has led me to run for Lieutenant Governor today.

I’ve worked tirelessly in the trenches of the grassroots throughout my career. When I became state Republican Party chairman, we focused on charting a new course for the state party and helped deliver incredible victories. I then took that same passion to the national level, where I oversaw all 50 state parties. It was hard work, but it helped develop me into the leader I am today.

I don’t make small plans, and Oklahoma shouldn’t either.

I’m asking you to join my team today, and to be a part of our fight to build a proud, prosperous, Oklahoma. If you're with me, please like my campaign page on Facebook and click here to visit my website.

Thank you,
Matt Pinnell

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Kevin Hern raises $242,000 in First Quarter

Kevin Hern Posts First Quarter Contributions Eclipsing $240,000

Tulsa, OK – U.S. Congressional candidate Kevin Hern, businessman of Tulsa, has reported contributions totaling $242,690, outperforming all of his opponents combined. Hern is seeking Oklahoma’s 1st Congressional District seat being vacated by Representative Jim Bridenstine who has declared to not seek re-election in 2018.

As the owner of KTAK Corporation, Kevin leads the operations that own ten McDonald’s restaurants that employ over 400 people in the Tulsa area. Kevin has served in various regional and national leadership positions within the McDonald’s Franchise System. Most recently, he served 5 years as the Chairman of the Systems Economic Team for over 3,000 franchisees that own all 15,000 restaurants across the entire country.

“I am humbled by the early support I have received,” Hern said. “I believe the people want a representative in Washington who is a private sector businessman that understands the true impact of how egregious regulations and inconsistent tax policies affect the wallets of our citizens.”

Longtime Tulsa GOP activist and Finance Chairman of Hern for Congress, Frazier Henke IV, states, “Kevin believes the dysfunction and incompetence in Washington must end and will work to bring jobs and decency back to America. He will fight the government’s intervention into our everyday lives and will be a strong advocate for conservative values. His self-made rise from poverty to major business success is the type of experience we need in Washington right now and I am honored to be on his team.”

Kevin is a proven and tested leader. His greatest love is to his help aspiring entrepreneurs create new businesses so they can pursue the American dream. Hern has also served as a State Board Member on the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma, FFA of Oklahoma, and served as Finance Chair for the OKGOP in the 2016 cycle supporting conservative candidates for local, state, & federal offices.

To reach Kevin’s campaign, please visit www.HernforCongress.com or call 918-296-7710.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Mullin downplays FEC 'Statement of Candidacy'; plus a detailed assessment

Following my post on Saturday and some Tulsa-area news organizations picking up the story, Congressman Markwayne Mullin's campaign is downplaying the impact of the Statement of Candidacy he recently filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Here's a short press release the Mullin campaign issued:

Mullin Response to Blog Post

Westville - "Recent blog posts and media reports claiming Congressman Mullin has filed for re-election are inaccurate. These false reports appear to have been generated by a routine filing with the Federal Election Commission. Congressman Mullin and his family are continuing to pray about this important decision."

Since the press release complains about "inaccurate" and "false reports", let's review the matter in detail. On March 1st, Mullin received a warning from the FEC, stating:
This letter constitutes formal written notification that Mullin for Congress is filing reports of receipts and disbursements (FEC FORM 3) that appear to be for the 2018 election. A review of these reports indicates that your principal campaign committee has no debts from the previous election cycle, and has accepted contributions and/or made expenditures in support of your 2018 candidacy in excess of $5,000, thus meeting the definition of "candidate" per Federal Election Campaign Laws. (11 CFR §100.3(a))

You must either disavow these activities by notifying the Commission in writing that you are not a candidate, or redesignate your principal campaign committee by filing a Statement of Candidacy (FEC FORM 2) within thirty-five (35) days from the date of this letter. 

If Congressman Mullin had not decided yet whether he would break his term-limits pledge and seek a fourth term, he could simply have "disavowed these activities by notifying the Commission in writing that [he is] not a candidate", and ceased campaign activities (such as fundraising) until he made up his mind.

Instead, the next day, on March 2nd, Mullin declared his 2018 candidacy with the Federal Election Commission by filing this Statement of Candidacy form:

Has Markwayne Mullin filed his candidacy with the Oklahoma Secretary of State? No; the filing period to appear on the ballot has not arrived yet (it will be in April 2018). Does that mean he is not a candidate until that time? No. Here's what determines the threshold of a candidate, directly from the FEC:

Mullin meets at least three of those four conditions.

Mullin says he has not decided whether he will seek a fourth term or not (despite his black-and-white, oft-repeated pledge to serve no more than three terms), and that he is not yet a candidate for re-election. The FEC says otherwise, and his Statement of Candidacy form and his campaign fundraising since the 2016 general election is their proof.

Congressman Jim Bridenstine made the same term-limits pledge Mullin did. Unlike his 2nd District colleague, Bridenstine has been clear that he will keep his word and not seek a fourth term. Did Mullin have to file his Statement of Candidacy because his campaign account has cash in it? No. Bridenstine and Mullin have over $150,000 in their campaign accounts, yet only one of them had to file a Statement of Candidacy with the FEC. Why is that? Because Bridenstine isn't raising funds for 2018. That's what a non-candidate does. That's what someone who isn't seeking reelection does.

Mullin raised $139,578 in the first quarter ($114,450 from PACs), spent $121,651, and had $170,260 cash on hand at the close of the reporting period. Bridenstine? He's raised $0 since November 8th (election day), and is in the process of dispersing the remainder of his campaign funds.

If Congressman Mullin had any intention to not seek reelection, thus keeping his word to not run for a fourth term, he would not have continued to seek campaign contributions after the 2016 election ended. That's what Jim Bridenstine did.

Markwayne Mullin, by signing the Statement of Candidacy form, agreed to the following statements:

  • "Name of Candidate (in full): Mullin, Markwayne, Mr."
  • "State & District of Candidate: OK  02"
  • "I hereby designate the following named political committee [Mullin for Congress] as my Principal Campaign Committee for the 2018 election."
  • "I hereby authorize the following named committee [Mullin Victory Fund], which is NOT my principal campaign committee, to receive and expend funds on behalf of my candidacy."
  • "I certify that I have examined this Statement and to the best of my knowledge and belief it is true, correct and complete."

If it walks like a duck... talks like a duck... and is called a duck by the duck-keeper... it's a duck. As long as Markwayne Mullin continues to raise funds and conduct campaign activities, he is a candidate for reelection in 2018, thus breaking his term-limits pledge.