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Archive for: February 18th, 2012

Terrill Enters Race For Cleveland County Commissioner

Mike McCarville

Rep. Randy Terrill is telling Cleveland County voters tonight that he is a candidate for county commissioner.

Terrill’s robocalls tell voters he seeks to replace his “close friend George Skinner.” Commissioner Skinner is not seeking reelection.

Terrill’s decision to seek the county seat rather than run for reelection to the House came after The McCarville Report first mentioned he was studying the possibility two weeks ago.

Terrill, who faces trial on charges alleging he tried to arrange a state job for former Senator Debbe Leftwich, has become a controversial lightning rod in the House. His public, and private, fights with House Speaker Kris Steele and other leadership members have estranged him from many fellow House members, including Republicans. The criminal case against him is now on hold pending a high court ruling on his appeal of a district judge’s decision to bind him for trial.


Romney’s Super PAC, Santorum Pour $240,000 Into Oklahoma TV Markets

Mike McCarville

The Republican race for president has come to Oklahoma with the purchase of television commercial time by Mitt Romney’s “Super PAC,” Restore Our Future, and Rick Santorum’s campaign.

Romney’s Super PAC bought time through March 5th, just before Oklahoma’s presidential primary, while Santorum’s less-flush campaign bought a week’s worth, through February 22nd, available television station records show.

The Romney buy is almost $193,000; the Santorum buy is $47,000.

Curiously, in a state known for its radio listenership, neither entity has yet purchased radio time.

Restore Our Future was founded by Romney aides in 2010.

Here’s the rundown:

RESTORE OUR FUTURE    FLIGHT 2.15-3.5

TULSA    $52,976.00     TV $52,976.00     RADIO $0.00

OKLAHOMA CITY    $76,927.00     TV $76,927.00     RADIO $0.00

LAWTON/WICHITA FALLS    $23,089.00     TV $23,089.00     RADIO $0.00

SHERMAN/ADA    $39,955.00     TV $39,955.00     RADIO $0.00

SHREVEPORT, LA    $0.00     TV $0.00     RADIO $0.00

AMARILLO    $0.00     TV $0.00     RADIO $0.00

TOTAL    $192,947.00            

RICK SANTORUM    FLIGHT 2.16-2.22

TULSA    $15,874.00     TV $15,874.00  RADIO $0.00

OKLAHOMA CITY    $28,588.00     TV $28,588.00   RADIO $0.00

LAWTON/WICHITA FALLS    $441.00     TV $441.00   RADIO $0.00

SHERMAN/ADA    $1,512.00     TV $1,512.00   RADIO $0.00

SHREVEPORT,LA    $588.00     TV $588.00   RADIO $0.00

AMARILLO    $0.00     TV $0.00     RADIO $0.00

TOTAL    $47,003.00


Ann Felton Gilliland Sunday Guest On The Verdict

The Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity and its work building homes will be the topic on The Verdict Sunday morning with CEO Ann Felton Gilliland.

The program airs at 9 .a.m. on Cox Channels 3 and 703. It will be rebroadcast Monday morning at 9:30, and Tuesday and Wednesday at 10.


Third Owner Says Morgan Hired For Influence

Nolan Clay
The Oklahoman

A third owner of a landfill development company testified Friday in a political corruption trial that a state senator was hired in 2005 for his influence over legislation.

Jolene Ford of Newkirk testified that the company’s main attorney, Martin Stringer, advised the four owners in June 2005 to hire Mike Morgan and lobbyist Andrew Skeith. Morgan, 57, of Stillwater; Stringer, 71, of Oklahoma City; and Skeith, 53, of Edmond, were indicted in March. All three have pleaded not guilty.

Read the entire story at www.newsok.com.


Paper: ‘Democratic National Cronyism’

By Andrew Stiles
The Washington Free Beacon

Jim Rogers, the co-chairman and lead fundraiser for the Democratic National Convention host-committee, is well versed in the art of political cronyism.

Rogers, the CEO of Duke Energy Corp., one of the largest utility corporations in the country, has given generously to Democratic politicians over the years. Along with his wife, Mary Anne, he has contributed more than $210,000 to Democratic candidates and committees since 2008, more than double what the couple has given to Republicans. Of that figure, more than $150,000 went to the Democratic National Committee (DNC); $19,200 went to President Obama.

Rogers is co-chairing the host committee with Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx (D), who was elected to a second term in November 2011. Rogers and his wife both contributed $8,000 to Foxx’s campaign, the maximum allowed under state law.

Rogers has also done his part to make sure that the convention has access to plenty of cash. The Charlotte Observer reported that Rogers was “quietly raising” as much as $15 million for the DNC.

Additionally, in an effort to entice the DNC to Charlotte, Rogers and Duke Energy offered to open a $10 million line of credit—guaranteed by Duke shareholders—to help finance the convention.

Duke spokesman Tom Williams told the Washington Free Beacon that the offer of credit was made in the hopes of strengthening Charlotte’s application. “It’s all part of our effort to showcase the city of Charlotte,” Williams said. “Nothing more, nothing less.”

Asked if the credit line had been utilized, a host committee official replied, “not to my knowledge,” adding, “In theory, we raise the $36.6 million. The line of credit is just that. We’re obligated to pay it all back.”

Meanwhile, organizers of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., say they don’t anticipate needing a line of credit.

“There’s a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and support for the 2012 Republican National Convention,” said convention spokesman James Davis. “Therefore, we have no credit lines in place or plans to borrow money.”

Just as Rogers has helped fund Democratic politicians, they, in turn, have helped steer massive amounts of federal funding to Duke Energy. The 2009 stimulus package, for instance, was a boon for the company: Duke received federal grants totaling $230.4 million for a number of “green” energy projects including “smart grid” development and wind energy storage.

According to Recovery.gov, Duke created 196.6 jobs as a result of the grants.

The company also received a $350,000 grant to assist General Motors in the development of the Chevrolet Volt, the poorly selling electric vehicle that the Obama administration has recently proposed subsidizing at a rate of $10,000 per car.

Rogers’ support for the president’s “green” agenda earned him a spot on the short list to become President Obama’s Energy Secretary.

Though headquartered in Charlotte, Duke maintains an active presence in Washington, D.C., having spent more than $26 million lobbying the federal government on energy-related issues since 2007.

In 2009, the company enlisted the services of the Podesta Group, a lobbying firm founded by John Podesta, the former president of the Center for American Progress and co-chairman of the Obama-Biden transition team, and his brother Tony Podesta. Since then, Duke Energy has paid the firm $860,000 to lobby to “support the passage of climate change and energy legislation” and “energy efficiency and clean energy solutions,” according to a database maintained by the Senate Office of Public Records.

The Duke Energy Political Action Committee, which has tended to give more to Republicans in the past, reversed that trend in 2010, giving $260,000 to Democratic candidates following the passage of the stimulus, compared with just $209,000 to Republicans.

The Washington Free Beacon noted last week that the convention host-committee is operating under very strict fundraising restrictions, refusing to accept money from corporations, lobbyists, or other special interest groups such as unions.

However, these self-imposed restrictions did not prevent Rogers from accompanying convention CEO Steve Kerrigan, a former national political director for Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), to Washington, D.C. for a meeting with high-powered lobbyists.

Bloomberg reported that Rogers and Kerrigan were touting an array of expensive convention “packages,” including premium hotels rooms and concierge service, aimed at ultra-wealthy donors. A convention spokesperson said they were simply “educating Beltway types about the new rules.”

The host committee has been charged with raising $36.6 million to help cover a portion of the convention costs. Given the new restrictions, including a $100,000 limitation on individual donations, the goal will be difficult to reach.

For instance, of the $61 million the DNC raised for its 2008 convention in Denver, Colo., more than 70 percent came from donations of $250,000 or higher. Nearly a quarter of the convention’s funding came from just 12 donations of more than $1 million. Union groups alone gave $8.3 million (14 percent). Contributions of $100,000 or less—this year’s limit—accounted for only 5 percent of the total.

It is unclear whether the host committee is having trouble meeting its fundraising target. A committee official told the Free Beacon there were no plans to publicly release fundraising figures before the FEC-mandated deadline of one month following the convention.


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