Tulsa Mayor’s Race: Taylor Spent $4.2 Million


Total spending in the Tulsa mayor’s race exceeded $6 million,¬† nearly twice the previous record, according to final reports filed with the Ethics Commission.

The reports show former Mayor Kathy Taylor loaned her campaign¬† $3.44 million and spent $4.257 million in her bid to return to office. That’s more than $131 per vote.

Taylor spent more than all the candidates combined in the 2006 race, which was the previous spending record, and the year she ousted former Mayor Bill LaFortune.

Despite the unprecedented spending, Taylor failed in this bid to oust incumbent Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett.

Bartlett, who won re-election, spent $1.42 million including a loan of more than $546,000.  A third candidate, Bill Christiansen, spent $377,572, according to the Tulsa World.

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