FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 19, 2014
Contact: Trav Robertson
P: (405) 427-3366
OPEN RECORDS REQUEST SEEK PSA RECORDS
GOVERNOR USING TAX DOLLARS TO CAMPAIGN?
Oklahoma City— The Oklahoma Democratic Party filed an Open Records Request for information relating to Public Service Announcements featuring Governor Mary Fallin. The issue revolves around the Governor’s alleged illegal use of state resources and staff to disseminate political information advocating her re-election.
Governor Mary Fallin’s use of tax dollars for her campaign continued on August 6, 2014, and August 10, 2014, when two different Public Service Announcements appeared on two different television stations in the Oklahoma County media market, both of which featured gubernatorial candidate, Mary Fallin. One PSA discussed tornados and the other discussed foster children.
Democratic Chairman Wallace Collins stated, “I think it is clear that Mary Fallin has been using tax dollars to bolster her campaign. The citizens of our state want transparent government-she needs to let us see if her staffed forced state agencies to create these PSAs.”
Recently, the Investigative Reporters and Editors publication named Mary Fallin one of the most secretive governors in the country as she received their dubious “Golden Padlock Award” for secrecy in government.
“The Governor doesn’t just appear in a Public Service Announcement. Someone on her staff knew and knows how these ads were paid for and created. It is time that Mary Fallin come clean and tell how these ads were created, produced and if tax dollars were used to pay for them. At the very least, these PSAs are in-kind contributions from corporations which is another violation of ethics laws,” Chairman Collins said.