Congressman James Lankford said today that President Obama “can’t seem to make a decision” on the Keystone XL pipeline.
Lankford’s remarks came after the Obama Administration announced it would extend its comment period for the pipeline and further delay the project, which has already been stalled for more than five years:
“The President can’t seem to make a decision, even after more than five years. This is just like Obamacare, where all hard decisions have been postponed until after elections. This decision is not hard.”
As of today, TransCanada has waited 2,037 days and counting for the Obama Administration to approve the permit for the northern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline. Construction of the southern leg of the pipeline, which begins in Cushing, OK, is already complete, and that portion of the pipeline is operational.
Americas PAC just completed a $50,000 radio ad buy in Oklahoma City to support Steve Russell, a candidate for the Republican nomination in Oklahoma Congressional District 5.
“In these times of international uncertainty, we need Lt. Colonel Steve Russell’s proven leadership in Congress,” said Americas PAC Chairman Tom Donelson.
In surveying the national field of GOP primary candidates in open US Representative seats, Steve Russell stood out from the rest, Donelson said,.
“Members of Americas PAC were impressed with Steve Russell’s solid, conservative voting record as a State Senator, his stellar performance as a military officer in combat, international strategic expertise and experience as the owner of a rifle manufacturing business.
“Steve Russell will have an immediate and long-term impact in Washington,” Donelson said. “Russell’s track record of leadership being a leader in the hunt for Saddam Hussein, advocacy for Veterans, standing up for the Constitution in the legislature and building a business, make him a high-priority candidate.”
Americas PAC makes decisions to enter a race based on the quality and clear principles of the candidate and thus has committed to supporting Russell early, Donelson said.
The Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee (OCPAC) has endorsed former Senator Randy Brogdon in the Republican primary for the U. S. Senate.
Brogdon ”received the rousing endorsement from one of the most influential grassroots organizations in Oklahoma,” an OCPAC news release said.
OCPAC is headed by longtime GOP conservative activist Charlie Meadows.
Brogdon said; “I’m thrilled to have the endorsement of OCPAC, their devotion to grassroots activism and their conservative credentials are unassailable. I’m glad they were able to see who the true conservative is in this race. James Lankford has a 64% conservative rating or a ‘D,’ TW Shannon has a 74% conservative rating or a ‘C’ and I have a 93% lifetime conservative or a ‘A.’ I’ll let the record speak for itself.
“My opponent TW Shannon has adopted my line that I coined at the beginning of my campaign that I would go to Washington DC ‘not to manage the mess there, but the dismantle it’ and I intend to do just that” Brogdon said. “If mimicking is the highest form of flattery, then I suppose I should be flattered that Speaker Shannon has come my way. Now, if he would only agree to not vote for Mitch McConnell as Republican Leader in the Senate, then he’d really make a statement that he understands the mess there.
“As I have said during this and other campaigns, I will not seek endorsements” Brogdon said. “Endorsements come based on shared values and while some national organizations continue to watch this race closely, I look forward to the only endorsements that really matter, endorsements by my wife Donna, my family, my close friends, and the thousands of Oklahomans who desire a candidate who can be trusted to follow the Constitution all the time, every time, no exceptions. I believe OCPAC’s endorsement confirms that.”
Rep. Paul Wesselhoft says Senate candidate Randy Brogdon has made a bogus claim against fellow Senate candidate T. W. Shannon.
Writing on Facebook, Wesselhoft says, “BROGDON IS RIGHT BUT WRONG! (Socrates on Facebook). Randy Brogdon, an excellent legislator, hands out a campaign piece with false information toward T.W. Shannon. Randy says T.W. ‘Killed legislation that would limit the use of drones and spying activity.’ Wrong. That was my bill. I know the facts; and I alone held it back at the request of Gov. Mary Fallin. I will pass it next year! No matter who you support in this Oklahoma race for the U. S. Senate, and all three are excellent candidates, politicians must be factual or we will correct them out of duty.”
Republican Senate candidate T.W. Shannon announced today that U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has endorsed his campaign.
Cruz will join Sarah Palin and Senator Mike Lee, R-Utah, for a Liberty Rally next Thursday, April 24 in Tulsa. The endorsement is Cruz’s first endorsement in an open seat in the 2014 cycle.
“T.W. Shannon is a strong Constitutional conservative who will fight for individual liberty and help turn our country around,” Cruz said. “T.W. embodies the American dream. I’m proud to offer T.W. my enthusiastic endorsement because not only will he vote the right way, but he’ll stand up and fight with us in the Senate to stop President Obama’s assault on our liberties and defend America’s founding principles.”
“One of the things I keep hearing as I travel the state is that my fellow Oklahomans feel like their personal freedoms are under assault,” said Shannon. “Whether it’s the government mandating health insurance we don’t want, or invading our privacy, or forcing people to violate their conscience by providing abortion drugs—Oklahomans now fear their own government is taking away their liberty.
“But it doesn’t have to be this way. Thomas Jefferson said when the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty. If conservatives here in Oklahoma and across America will unite, we can protect our God-given liberty, and take back this country.
“We need to send a message to Washington, D.C., and make our voices heard. I hope my fellow patriots from here in Tulsa and all across the state will join me with Gov. Palin, Sen. Cruz and Sen. Lee as we rally for Liberty here in the heartland.”
The Liberty Rally featuring Palin, Cruz and Lee will take place Thursday, April 24 at 6:00pm at the Green Country Event Center located at 12000 E. 31st St. in Tulsa. The rally is free and open to the public.
Corporation Commissioner Patrice Douglas has raised more money for her 5th District congressional campaign than all her opponents combined, Federal Election Commission records show today.
Here are the totals, the first number being total receipts, the second being cash on hand:
Patrice Douglas — $404,537.29 / $375,526.92
Clark Jolley — $177,905 / $168,623.80
Steve Russell — $106,953.31 / $92,011.27
Harvey Sparks — $17,891.09 / $11,421.43
Mike Turner put more than $500,000 of his own money into his race.
The FEC does not yet show a report from Shane Jett.
Summaries for the Senate candidates should be available later this week.
M. Scott Carter
The Journal Record
A state group organized to help fund the U.S. Senate campaign of former Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton, did not report its campaign expenditures in compliance with Federal Election Commission requirements, an Oklahoma City attorney claims.
In a March 31 letter to Oklahoma City television stations and to Cox Communications, former Secretary of State Glenn Coffee said the group, Oklahomans for a Conservative Future, did not report its expenditures in compliance with federal election law, nor did it pay for television commercials and mail pieces properly.
Coffee, now a private attorney, is affiliated with Shannon’s opponent, Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford. Both Shannon and Lankford are seeking to replace Republican U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, who is retiring from office at the end of this congressional term.
In his letter, Coffee charged that the group was registered as a for-profit corporation from Feb. 5 to March 24.
“During this period of time, the OCF filed three Independent Expenditure Reports with the FEC and spent a total of $395,177 in television and mail advertising in support of T.W. Shannon,” wrote Coffee, former president pro tempore of the Oklahoma Senate. “On March 24, the OCF re-registered with the Oklahoma Secretary of State as a nonprofit corporation.”
On Monday, Coffee confirmed the letter.
“They were a for-profit corporation from their initial filing until March 21,” he said. “The position that I was taking with the television stations was that these donors need to be disclosed. It appears that the group’s only activity is political activity.”
Because of that for-profit listing, Coffee said, the OCF must disclose the donors and contributors for the independent expenditures. Coffee also questioned whether the group had engaged in activities to promote social welfare after it registered as a nonprofit organization.
“As of today’s date, the OCF has not filed a single document that reflects a contributor or donor for its independent expenditures,” Coffee wrote.
Documents filed with the Oklahoma secretary of state’s office show that the group was created by Xavier Neira, a vice president of Manhattan Construction Co., and Chad Alexander, a lobbyist and political consultant. Those same documents show that the group incorporated as a for-profit organization, but changed its status to nonprofit on March 24.
Telephone calls to Neira’s office were not returned.
Lee Slater, executive director of the Oklahoma Ethics Commission, said no Oklahoma law would apply to the issue. Federal campaign disclosure documents show that the group last purchased television advertising in the metro area on March 19.
Coffee also wrote that because the OCF was not a tax-exempt organization when it initially received contributions to make political expenditures, it owes corporate taxes on the $395,177 it spent on advertising on Shannon’s behalf.
An official in the Federal Election Commission’s media information office declined to comment on the issue, saying they were not allowed to speak on behalf of the commission.
However, at least one organization said the group could be forced to disclose its contributors. In a post on the Sunlight Foundation website, analyst Peter Olsen-Phillips wrote that the OCF would be a political committee under federal law.
“Paul Ryan of the Campaign Legal Center tells Sunlight in an email that avoiding political disclosure is not as simple as registering a for-profit corporation,” Olsen-Phillips wrote. “Regardless of the corporate form or tax status this group chooses, the federal law definition of ‘political committee’ applies the same way – (1) has the group made expenditures and-or received contributions exceeding $1,000 in a calendar year? And (2) does it have as its major purpose influencing federal elections? If the answer to both of these questions is yes, then Oklahomans for a Conservative Future Inc. is a ‘political committee’ under federal law and must register with the FEC and disclose its contributors.”
5th District congressional candidate Steve Russell said today he’s raised $105,000 for his campaign.
The former state senator said all his contributions came from individuals.
Russell’s report to the Federal Election Commission shows he still has much of the sum he’s raised on hand.