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Dank: Ethics Bill Benefits All Candidates, Not Just Incumbents

April 7, 2008

A sweeping ethics reform package making its way through the legislative process will benefit all candidates, not just incumbents, the bill’s author, David Dank (R-OKC) said Friday:

Most Oklahomans believe we need to erect a clear barrier between campaign fundraising and passing laws to prevent even a hint of conflict-of-interest and ‘pay for play’ suspicions. That’s why the Oklahoma Clean Campaign Act of 2008 would ban fundraising by incumbents and candidates alike during and 15 days before and after the annual legislative session.

Officials representing third-party and independent candidates have said the bill would harm their efforts, but Dank said the legislation would benefit all candidates by reducing the campaign-funding powers of incumbency. Dank continued:

House Bill 2196 is a fair and much-needed reform independents should be supporting. There is nothing to forbid a legislative candidate from launching his or her campaign a year or even two years before Election Day, which most candidates do – be they Democrats, Republicans or Independents – because they know what a formidable challenge a political campaign can be.

He noted that independent candidates also have an advantage because they do not have to finance a primary campaign and instead face the voters only at the general election, which gives those candidates more time to raise and spend campaign funds than their major-party opponents.

Although critics have called the ethics reform bill an “incumbent protection plan,” Dank said the new restrictions on fundraising actually level the playing field for challengers:

The current free-for-all system is the biggest incumbent protection plan of all. For decades incumbent legislators of both parties have raised large sums during the legislative session, sometimes totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars. It’s not uncommon to see a major donor hand a $5,000 check to a legislator on Monday evening, then appear in that same legislator’s office on Tuesday morning in an effort to influence legislation. That is precisely what HB 2196 is designed to stop – the impression, right or wrong, that legislation is for sale in Oklahoma.

He said an in-session ban on fundraising actually reduces the money-raising power of incumbents:

House Bill 2196 contains vital reforms that can increase public faith in our lawmaking process and draw a clear boundary between fundraising and making law. Democrats and Republicans alike support it. Independents should, too.

Statement by House Speaker Lance Cargill on Dank Ethics Legislation

September 24, 2007

OKLAHOMA CITY (Monday, Sept. 24, 2007) House Speaker Lance Cargill issued a statement Monday following an announcement by state Rep. David Dank on ethics legislation:

“I commend Representative Dank for coming forward with this proposal for ethics reform. For far too long in our state’s history,there have been too many problems with ethics in state government, from the Supreme Court to the Legislature to the governor’s office. That’s why I was proud to author last year’s House Bill 2101, which has been described by many, including officials at the state Ethics Commission, as the most sweeping and comprehensive legislative ethics reform in years. House Bill 2102, among other things, banned contributions at the Capitol and honoraria payments to legislators. Obviously, anything we do must be constitutional, but we certainly support tough rules. I look forward to reviewing the details of Representative Dank’s proposal.”

Breaking News!! Lawmaker looks to change the way money is used in Oklahoma politics

September 24, 2007
In an attempt to limit the amounts of money donated to PAC’s State Rep. David Dank has said that he will file legislation to curb the influence of money in politics.

Among reforms called for by State Rep. Dave Dank, R-Oklahoma City, are:

*Banning contributions during the legislative session;

*Requiring full disclosure of consultants reported by name who are running campaigns, to ensure relatives and friends are not getting the money intended for races;

*Limiting transfer of money from one political action committee to another in an effort to make sure an individual does not funnel contributions in excess of the $5,000 limit to the same candidate.

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"Safe Families Legislation" Heading Towards Senate

March 2, 2007

Two measures that are part of House GOP’s “Safe Families Legislation” are making their way towards Governor Henry’s desk. Under a measure passed by House lawmakers on Thursday, court-appointed special advocates (CASA) would be required to undergo background checks by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation

“Many local CASA agencies already have background check requirements, but this measure will establish a statewide standard for all so we can protect the integrity of the good work these advocates perform,” said Rep. Kris Steele (R-Shawnee), author of House Bill 1927. CASA volunteers play such a vital role in determining the placement of a child that has been abused or neglected. This builds on the work of the Oklahoma CASA Association.” HB 1927 passed the House floor by an overwhelming margin Thursday, 92 to 1. It now goes to the state Senate for consideration.

Later today, legislation increasing required prison sentences for sex offenders is headed for a vote on the House floor.

House Bill 1816, authored by Rep. David Dank would increase the penalty for sex offenses against children under 12 to a minimum sentence of 25 years and not more than life imprisonment. No minimum sentence currently exists for such offenses.

“We must make sure, for our children and our grandchildren, that Oklahoma is a safe place to grow up,” said Dank (R-Oklahoma City). “It’s a fact that far too many sex offenders come to our communities and have the opportunity to prey on the innocent.”

The measure passed a vote of the House Judiciary and Public Safety Committee on Thursday.