Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A Closer Examination of Barresi's and Hime's Contributions

Yesterday, Shawn Hime blasted his opponent, Janet Barresi, for contributing to Democrat candidates. Barresi responded with a statement explaining the contributions, and her record on education issues.

Hime specifically attacked Barresi for donating to Democrats Scott Meacham, Jeff McMahan, and Sandy Garrett. A reader commented on my post, saying that Hime neglected to mention his own campaign contribution to Sandy Garrett.

In order to lay both sides' record on the table, allow me to show who gave how much to who, according to searches on the State Ethics Commission, OpenSecrets.org and FollowTheMoney.org. Democrat candidates will be underlined.

Janet Barresi's campaign contributions

11/22/1999 - $250 to State Rep. Odilia Dank (R)
8/17/2000 - $500 to U.S. Senate candidate Rick Lazio (R-New York)
1/23/2001 - $250 to State Superintendent Sandy Garrett (D)
2/01/2002 - $250 to State Superintendent Sandy Garrett (D)
4/29/2002 - $250 to State Treasurer candidate Robert Butkin (D)
6/27/2002 - $285 to Corp. Commission candidate Jeff Cloud (R)
7/19/2002 - $120 to Labor Commissioner candidate Brenda Reneau Wynn (R)
7/30/2002 - $250 to State Superintendent Sandy Garrett (D)
6/13/2003 - $250 to U.S. Sen. Don Nickles (R)
12/09/2003 - $500 to U.S. Sen. candidate Kirk Humphreys (R)
2004 - $250 to State Superintendent Sandy Garrett (D)
2004 - $250 to State Superintendent Sandy Garrett (D)
1/22/2004 - $250 to U.S. Sen. candidate Kirk Humphreys (R)
9/14/2004 - $5,000 to Oklahoma State Republican Senatorial Committee (R)
12/13/2004 - $250 to Lt. Gov. Mary Fallin (R)
8/05/2005 - $2,000 to Republican State House Committee of Oklahoma (R)
2006 - $1,000 to State Superintendent Sandy Garrett (D)
1/19/2006 - $1,000 to Republican Senate Victory PAC (R)
2/10/2006 - $1,000 to State Superintendent Sandy Garrett (D)
2/17/2006 - $1,000 to State Rep. Susan Winchester (R)
2/21/2006 - $250 to State Treasurer candidate Scott Meacham (D)
2/28/2006 - $1,000 to State Superintendent Sandy Garrett (D)
3/29/2006 - $500 to State Sen. Cliff Branan (R)
4/25/2006 - $250 to State Auditor Jeff McMahan (D)
10/06/2006 - $2,000 to Lt. Gov. candidate Todd Hiett (R)
11/01/2006 - $1,000 to State Sen. Anthony Sykes (R)
11/01/2006 - $1,000 to State Sen. candidate Mark Wofford (R)
11/06/2006 - $2,000 to State Superintendent Sandy Garrett (D)
2/03/2007 - $500 to State Superintendent Sandy Garrett (D)
3/31/2007 - $500 to Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani (R)
4/30/2007 - $250 to State Senate candidate Jim Reynolds (R)
4/27/2007 - $300 to National Republican Congressional Committee (R)
2/21/2007 - $500 to State Treasurer Scott Meacham (D)
8/24/2007 - $1,000 to State Rep. Lisa Billy (R)
10/25/2007 - $1,000 to State Sen. Clark Jolley (R)
12/10/2007 - $1,000 to Congressional candidate Mary Fallin (R)
1/20/2008 - $1,000 to State Rep. Lance Cargill (R)
1/30/2008 - $1,000 to State Rep. Gus Blackwell (R)
2/07/2008 - $1,000 to Republican Senate Victory PAC (R)
3/27/2008 - $1,000 to State Sen. Clark Jolley (R)
4/08/2008 - $1,000 to Republican State House Committee of Oklahoma (R)
5/16/2008 - $1,500 to State Rep. Jabar Shumate (D)*
6/06/2008 - $1,000 to Oklahoma State Republican Senatorial Committee (R)
6/13/2008 - $1,000 to Congressional candidate Mary Fallin (R)
8/14/2008 - $2,000 to Republican State House Committee of Oklahoma (R)
8/26/2008 - $1,000 to Oklahoma On The Move (R)
9/23/2008 - $1,000 to Corp. Commissioner Jeff Cloud (R)
9/23/2008 - $1,000 to State Sen. candidate Jim Halligan (R)
9/30/2008 - $5,000 to Republican National Committee
10/02/2008 - $500 to State House candidate Mike Christian (R)
10/06/2008 - $500 to State House candidate Eddie Fields (R)
10/06/2008 - $500 to State House candidate Corey Holland (R)
10/06/2008 - $500 to State House candidate Harold Wright (R)
10/08/2008 - $2,000 to Oklahoma State Republican Senatorial Committee (R)
10/26/2008 - $2,000 to Oklahoma Leadership Council (R)
11/11/2008 - $250 to National Republican Trust PAC (R)
11/17/2008 - $500 to U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)
7/15/2009 - $25,000 to her own campaign (R)
8/22/2009 - $195 to Cleveland County Republican Women's Club (R)
8/25/2009 - $1,000 to Oklahoma Leadership Council (R)
9/16/2009 - $500 to U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC)
9/26/2009 - $100 to Oklahoma Federation of Republican Women (R)
10/09/2009 - $2,000 to State House candidate Todd Russ (R)
10/30/2009 - $50 to Oklahoma Federation of Republican Women (R)
11/03/2009 - $1,000 to Oklahoma Leadership Council (R)
12/23/2009 - $100,000 to her own campaign (R)
2/12/2010 - $475 to Payne County Republican Party (R)
3/08/2010 - $100 to Muskogee County Republican Party (R)

* Shumate is a Democrat proponent of charter schools.

Total: $183,625 contributed

She gave $125,000 to her own campaign. Of the $58,625 left over, $8,750 was given to Democrats, and $49,875 was given to Republicans.


Shawn Hime's campaign contributions

9/09/2002 - $200 to State Superintendent Sandy Garrett (D)
3/29/2004 - $100 to State Rep. Greg Piatt (R)
2/02/2006 - $100 to DA candidate Greg Mashburn (R)
3/02/2006 - $100 to DA candidate Greg Mashburn (R)
4/04/2006 - $100 to DA candidate Greg Mashburn (R)
5/02/2006 - $100 to DA candidate Greg Mashburn (R)
6/02/2006 - $100 to DA candidate Greg Mashburn (R)
7/04/2006 - $100 to DA candidate Greg Mashburn (R)
10/26/2006 - $95 to State Superintendent Sandy Garrett (D)
8/01/2007 - $100 to DA candidate Greg Mashburn (R)
2/12/2010 - $150 to Payne County Republican Party (R)

Total: $1,245

Hime gave $295 to a Democrat candidate, and $950 to Republicans.


Although Hime slammed Barresi for contributing to Sandy Garrett, he failed to mention his own contributions to Garrett. Both candidates have donated to Democrats in the past.

As you can well see, Barresi is a prolific campaign donor, and largely to Republican candidates.

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