Oklahoma Ethics Commission discuss campaign disclosure law changes
TULSA, Oklahoma: The Oklahoma Ethics Commission met recently to discuss proposing legislation which would require the itemized disclosure of all independent expenditures that supported the campaigns in favor or against a candidate or ballot measure by any committee or individual in municipal and county elections. Currently there is no strong regulation which requires corporations or labor unions to disclose how much they spend on state, legislative or local campaigns. A member of the Oklahoma City Council noted that this lack of disclosure may lead to fewer people seeking to run for local offices as they would be faced with large campaigns against them from unknown sources. In the recent Oklahoma City council election upwards of $60,000 was spent by candidates to run for an office with amounts near $250,000 spent on advertising for those candidates. Local legislation was proposed first, but the Commission ultimately turned it down as they felt State wide regulation should be implemented before local regulations.