"I called Pam Pollard yesterday and demanded a recount!"
That's what new OKGOP Chairman Randy Brogdon joked with Reid Mullins in an interview for the McCarville Report. Brogdon defeated Pollard in a runoff at the State Convention on April 11th, after incumbent chair Dave Weston came in third in the first ballot of voting.
Although the impression given during the chair race was that the party was doing well financially, Brogdon has taken over an organization in fiscal straits -- to the tune of approximately $50,000 in debt. Prominent Oklahoma City-based Republican fundraiser Trey Richardson has joined the effort to get the party back in black, along with financial contributions from Oklahoma's congressional delegation.
In his interview with Reid Mullins, Brogdon said that he has had to let the entire staff go, and operate temporarily with unpaid volunteers (he included himself in the "unpaid" category).
Blogger David Van Risseghem, of SoonerPolitics.org, has kicked off an 'OKGOP Minuteman' recruitment campaign aimed at getting more members of the $8.25-a-month donor program for the state party. Past chairman Matt Pinnell started the program with some success, but chairman Weston did not actively pursue it for most of his term.
If you would like to donate to the Oklahoma Republican Party, you can do so at this link, or you can sign up as an OKGOP Minuteman here.