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State Leader of Paul Campaign Files Complaint Against McCain’s Telemarketing Abuses

February 5, 2008

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Kirk Shelley, Oklahoma State Coordinator of the Ron Paul Presidential campaign, filed a formal complaint regarding John McCain’s illegal robo-calling with the Oklahoma Attorney General.

Shelley expressed his frustration with McCain’s calls:

“Everyone knows the rules on these calls, or they should” said Shelley, “when you run for President or work in federal campaigns you get attorneys to tell you what you can and can not do – calling non-supporters without a phone number to stop the calls is illegal.”

“Anyone who pays attention to politics knows that Tim Pope was indicted by Drew Edmondson for this same thing. The McCain campaign or their telemarketing people sure should have known better.”

Shelley continued “the bigger picture to me is this – Sen. McCain has set himself up as leader for campaign reform by authoring ‘McCain-Feingold’ telling the rest of the country the rules he thinks we should follow, yet here he is violating those very rules he helped create. If you are going to create laws limiting the free speech rights of other Americans at least have the integrity to follow them yourself.”

“I have sent copies of the illegal calls go to the Attorney General and I’m confident he will prosecute with the same diligence that he went after Tim Pope, and I hope the voters remember that the author of ‘so-called campaign reform’ broke his own rules.”

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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”

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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.

Accused Former Lawmaker, County Commissioner Surrender

April 6, 2007

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma County Commissioner Brent Rinehart and political consultant Tim Pope surrendered to authorities Friday, one day after they were accused of felony violations of state campaign laws.

Rinehart and Pope arrived at the Oklahoma County Courthouse about 9:45 a.m. They were each with an attorney and Rinehart was also accompanied by a sheriff’s deputy. They were arraigned and were to be booked at the Oklahoma County Jail.

They face accusations of perjury, conspiracy and money laundering in connection with the funneling of illegal campaign contributions to Rinehart’s 2004 race for county commissioner, the state Attorney General’s office said.

UPDATE: Rhinehart unexpectedly shows up at county commissioners’ press conference (Video)

Pope Receives Fine for Robocalls

March 16, 2007

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A former state legislator who was accused of breaking a federal law on the use of pre-recorded telephone messages receives a 45-hundred dollar fine today.

Tim Pope, who now heads the Oklahoma Republican Assembly, could’ve been fined as much as ten (m) million dollars if U-S District Judge Robin Cauthron had determined Pope was responsible for the 20-thousand illegal calls the state Attorney General’s office said were made.

According to court papers, about half the calls with a message attacking Oklahoma County Commissioner Jim Roth were answered, so state prosecutors sought a fine of 100 dollars per call.

Pope and his attorney, Stephen Jones, countered, and the judge agreed that a smaller fine of 500 dollars per call was appropriate since only nine people complained to the attorney general’s office about the January 2006 calls.

Cauthron ruled in January that Pope violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, which requires all pre-recorded telephone calls to include a name and call-back number for the person responsible for them.

Jones says an appeal is planned.

Judge Rules Former Lawmaker Violated Law

January 10, 2007

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A federal judge ruled today in Oklahoma City that a political consultant and former state House member violated the law.

The judge found that Tim Pope violated the Telephone Consumer Protection act with automated telephone calls that attacked Commissioner Jim Roth without identifying who was placing the call.

The calls were made in January 2006.

A single violation of the federal act could result in a $500 fine. A hearing will be held in February to determine the amount of damages due to the state.

Pope has maintained he did nothing wrong.

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County Records Part Of Ongoing Investigation

October 11, 2006

By Brian Brus
The Journal Record

OKLAHOMA CITY – The attorney general’s office is awaiting word from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation before deciding to assign a special prosecutor in the investigation of Oklahoma County Commissioner Brent Rinehart, OSBI spokeswoman Jessica Brown said Tuesday.

The bureau earlier this month retrieved two years of records from County Clerk Carolynn Caudill’s office, officials confirmed. The OSBI took copies of the database of general fund vendor payments and highway cash fund vendor payments. Deputy Clerk Mark Mishoe described the records as “basically just a report on expenditure and purchase orders for districts 2 and 3.”

“We were asked by the district attorney’s office to look into possible official misconduct,” Brown said. “Not just official conduct, but possible violations of Oklahoma campaign (financing) law.”

The records covered a period from late 2004 to late 2006. Rinehart was elected at the end of 2004 and took office the following January to represent District 2, which encompasses parts of Oklahoma City, Bethany, Del City, Midwest City, Choctaw and Harrah.

Commissioner Stan Inman, who represents District 3, was defeated in this election season’s primaries. He was elected to the office in 2002.

When asked about the status of the investigation, Brown said, “We’ve held dozens of interviews, collected some records … and we’re continuing our investigation.”

Rinehart has repeatedly denied wrongdoing and said he has cooperated with authorities in the matter.

Brown said, “It could be a couple more weeks; it could be a couple more months. These types of investigations are so hard to wrap up.”

She also has said the bureau continues to investigate Rinehart’s 2004 campaign manager,former state legislator Tim Pope, on concerns involving campaign contribution caps and the Oklahoma Republican Assembly political action committee.

Pope also has denied wrongdoing.

Former Lawmaker Challenges Multicounty Grand Jury Process

August 22, 2006

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former state lawmaker whose political activities are the focus of a lawsuit filed by the attorney general’s office has filed a lawsuit of his own challenging the state’s multicounty grand jury process.

Former Rep. Tim Pope, now a political consultant, filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on Aug. 16 that calls the multicounty grand jury an “instrument of politics” rather than a true investigative body.

Pope’s lawsuit accuses the grand jury, presiding judge Bryan Dixon, Attorney General Drew Edmondson and an Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agent investigating a 2004 Oklahoma County commissioner race of violating his constitutional rights with secrecy requirements not allowed by law.

Pope’s attorney, Stephen Jones of Enid, said state law requires a hearing before gag orders are issued, but that doesn’t happen when grand jury subpoenas are issued.

“That’s blatantly unconstitutional,” he said.

Edmondson dismissed Jones’ claims, noting similar issues have been raised before and rejected by the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

Pope, chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Assembly, faces a February trial in federal court in Oklahoma City on accusations he

violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act in January when he paid for 20,000 prerecorded telephone calls regarding Oklahoma County Commissioner Jim Roth.

Pope, who could be fined as much as $500 for each call for a total of $10 million, has maintained he did nothing wrong.

Pope thinks the complaint and an ongoing OSBI investigation of Oklahoma County Commissioner Brent Rinehart’s 2004 campaign are politically motivated, according to his lawsuit, because Roth and Edmondson are facing re-election fights.

Pope is a consultant for Roth’s opponent, David Mehlhaff, and campaign manager for James Dunn, a Republican running against Edmondson.