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Political Heavyweights Moving Towards Maughan; Fundraiser Planned Later This Month

May 8, 2008

Insiders say the political heavyweights are moving toward the political candidacy of Brian Maughan as he and others seek to unseat current District 2 Oklahoma County Commissioner Brent Rinehart.

Former U.S. Attorney and Republican Gubernatorial Nominee Bill Price, AT&T Oklahoma President Don Cain and Republican Party Icon Al Snipes are hosting the event at Price’s Oklahoma City home on May 29th.

“It’s an indication that the smart money is starting to coalesce” around Maughan, a former AT&T consultant and long-time party activist. Snipes and Price are leaders of the conservative wing of the Republican Party in Oklahoma, and Cain is Chairman of the statewide chamber of commerce.

Maughan and former Bethany Mayor J.D. Johnston are the only Republicans challenging Rinehart in that party’s primary thus far. Rinehart faces several felony charges in a trial scheduled for September, and observers are watching intently to see who will emerge as Rinehart’s main challenger in the July 29th primary.

OKPNS Told You First; Maughan Announces Campaign Against Rinehart

April 28, 2008

NewsOK.com: Maughan announces campaign against Rinehart

4/24/08

Maughan Close to Announcing Challenge to Indicted Brent Rinehart

Reliable sources tell the Oklahoma Political News Service that Republican activist and former AT&T consultant Brian Maughan, is close to announcing his candidacy for Oklahoma County commissioner -District 2.

Maughan Close to Announcing Challenge to Indicted Brent Rinehart

April 24, 2008

Reliable sources tell the Oklahoma Political News Service that Republican activist and former AT&T consultant Brian Maughan, is close to announcing his candidacy for Oklahoma County commissioner -District 2.

Maughan will be seeking to unseat current District 2 Commissioner Brent Rinehart, who has been indicted on 9 felony counts and is scheduled to go to trial in September.

OKPNS will continue to investigate.

Video: Brent Rinehart Claims "I Had No Idea"

January 15, 2008

Excerpts from Brent Rinehart’s press conference from Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008.

Video: Brent Rinehart Attends Hearing

November 13, 2007

Ok Politics & You with Stephen Jones

June 15, 2007

Steve Byas and Gary Cooper of Oklahoma Politics & You, interview Enid attorney Stephen Jones about Attorney General Drew Edmondson’s “crusades”

Related: Federal Judge Denies Some Motions To Dismiss Chicken Litter Lawsuit

Picture of the Day

June 12, 2007

Hat Tip: Oklahoma Insight

Oklahoma County commissioner Says He’s Returned Questioned Donations

May 3, 2007

“The public will once again realize that Drew Edmondson used the Office of Attorney General, at taxpayers’ expense, to punish a political opponent.” –Brent Rinehart

But you give the money back??????

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma County Commissioner Brent Rinehart says he’s returned campaign donations that led to felony charges against him and his campaign manager.

Rinehart and former state Representative Tim Pope are charged with perjury, conspiracy and money laundering for allegedly funneling of illegal campaign contributions to Rinehart’s 2004 race for county commissioner.

Rinehart says state Ethics Commission Director Marilyn Hughes recommended he return the funds.

Hughes declined comment.

Oklahoma County commissioner Says He’s Returned Questioned Donations

May 3, 2007

“The public will once again realize that Drew Edmondson used the Office of Attorney General, at taxpayers’ expense, to punish a political opponent.” –Brent Rinehart

But you give the money back??????

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma County Commissioner Brent Rinehart says he’s returned campaign donations that led to felony charges against him and his campaign manager.

Rinehart and former state Representative Tim Pope are charged with perjury, conspiracy and money laundering for allegedly funneling of illegal campaign contributions to Rinehart’s 2004 race for county commissioner.

Rinehart says state Ethics Commission Director Marilyn Hughes recommended he return the funds.

Hughes declined comment.

Rinehart Responds to Sun Editorial

May 1, 2007

From The Sunday Sun:

I must respond to the editorial commentary that appeared in your paper on April 15, 2007, to correct some inaccurate statements and explain what I have accomplished in office for the benefit of the citizens living in my district in Eastern Oklahoma County.

First, there was no ‘indictment’ as has been reported because no grand jury of 12 honest citizens would issue one. The attorney general himself filed an ‘Information’ alleging campaign finance violations of which I am innocent. The politically motivated charges and Drew Edmondson’s “presumption of guilt” has resulted in a Bar complaint against him.

Edmondson’s allegations, which you cited in your editorial as “straw donors,” do not concern straw donors at all. Rather, the allegations concern a single in-kind contribution for a mailing to my campaign for $3,980 from a political action committee that was fully and accurately reported in my campaign finance reports filed with the State Ethics Commission. This kind of contribution is entirely legal and proper for 101 state representatives, 48 senators, all of our congressional delegation and every other elected official in the state and countless candidates that received similar PAC contributions and reported them as I did. However, I repaid these funds over a year ago to avoid even the appearance of impropriety.

Your confusion about ‘straw donors’ comes from another case in the news, unrelated to me, in which Gene Stipe and Steve Phipps are accused of using fifteen people as ‘straw donors,’ or donors who use someone else’s money to illegally contribute to a campaign, to contribute tens of thousands of dollars in illegal campaign donations to Gov. Brad Henry, U.S. Representative Dan Boren, State Auditor Jeff McMahan, among others, all Democrats. Even the attorney general received Stipe/Phipps donations and just this month repaid thousands of dollars in illegal contributions from his own campaign coffers. Read more…