Friday, September 04, 2020

OKGOP Chair again calls on redistricting petition head to release donors, expenses


OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, September 1, 2020 – In light of a third initiative petition filed by a political advocacy group aimed at disrupting Oklahoma’s redistricting process, the chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party said today that Andy Moore, leader of People Not Politicians (PNP), must immediately release the organization’s donors and expenses.

“This is the political story that keeps on giving,” said David McLain. “The latest PNP filing is nothing more than a political scheme to buy Mr. Moore’s left-wing, out-of-state donors more time to push their disingenuous petition on Oklahoma voters. Their plan is to increase the size of the state legislature for the 2025 and 2026 sessions, and draw legislative lines on a proportional basis, leading to many counties and cities across the state being disenfranchised. This would be true political gerrymandering.”

“Other states, Oregon for example, are using the exact name as Mr. Moore’s group which confirms my belief that his effort is a component of a national plan to advance a liberal political agenda across the United States. It is why, for the third time this summer, I call on Mr. Moore to release all donors and expenses related to his three redistricting petitions dating to October 2018. His organization has funded salaries, hired attorneys and a public relations firm, produced videos, and engaged in other campaign expenses that have never been disclosed.”

“Mr. Moore talks about transparency often within his day job as executive director of Freedom of Information Oklahoma, a well-respected and longstanding organization supported by hundreds of well-known and respected business owners, attorneys, journalists and civic leaders.  It is the height of hypocrisy that he promotes transparency for pay in this job while moonlighting as a political activist that refutes transparency at every turn.  It is time for Andy Moore to come clean by doing what is ethically correct; disclose all donors and amounts given, and all expenses related to PNP.  This can be done via a simple Excel spreadsheet, and is not a tough assignment.  I suspect he will not oblige because he knows PNP is funded by out-of-state liberals whose mission is to influence Oklahoma elections. If he fails to disclose his donors and expenses, FOI must remove him as their executive director. It is the right thing to do.”

“I expect the Oklahoma Supreme Court will rule against this latest petition once they review its confusing and misleading nature. Doing so will prevent a very poor, and in my opinion, unconstitutional, plan from advancing.”


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