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OKPNS FLASHBACK: OKGOP Spends Over $130,000 on Door Hangers and $80,000 on Consultants, Staff, and Travel in Final Month of Election 2006

April 12, 2007

Monday, January 08, 2007

Christmas may have come a month early for certain consultants and staffers associated with the Oklahoma Republican Party’s “Victory 2006” effort, according to reports recently released by the Federal Election Commission.

Perhaps the most stunning fact revealed by the document is the amount spent on door hangers (pictured), over $130,000. The strategic centerpiece of the Victory program, the hangers were received with trepidation by GOP activists over their aggressive nature and ridicule by some political analysts over their ineffectiveness. According to the disclosure, a total of $93,887.15 was spent on the handouts in the final weeks of the campaign in addition to the $36,500 paid on October 16.

Consultants also made out well on Republican Party Victory. In the final month of election alone, they earned $34,188.75, including $20,000 paid to DC-based Clinton Key. Hired in August by Chairman Tom Daxon, Key was responsible for overseeing the effort. The program’s chairman, Marsha Funk, came away with $7,643.45 for her efforts in the last 30 days of the campaign. Party staff had a busy travel month, reimbursing almost $15,000 in expenses.

This is not the first time Tom Daxon’s leadership has come under scrutiny in his 6 month tenure as chairman. Questions have arisen in the past over unity (“House, Senate GOP Dumps Daxon Over ‘Victory ‘06’”), leadership (“Political Novice Marsha Funk In Consideration for OKGOP Victory?”), spending (“GOP’s Funk Raises Salary, Not Confidence” and “Oklahoma GOP Desperate for Cash in 11th Hour”), and effectiveness (“One Week Later, a GOP Post-Mortem”).

Click here to download the complete analysis of OKGOP Victory’s final month.

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"What In Blue-Blazes Is Going On?"

April 11, 2007

This anonymous mass email was apparently sent by a delegate to all the delegates.

First, the “Not Again Gary” email, then the “Buchanan gave money to Democrats” YouTube video, and now the “Daxon’s moral character is in questioned“(sic) article on the biased OKPNS website. So, what is next? Will there be a real fist fight on the convention floor? ‘Cause we’ve definitely moved past the mudslinging. It’s been more like stoning and crucifixion. Besides, after reading everything that’s going on I’m ready to watch some real action. Enough with the written word…let’s see some flesh hitting flesh, Fight Club style.

So what in blue-blazes is going on? I mean, come on…this is Oklahoma for crying out loud. It’s not like we’re Florida, New York, or Texas where real power lies. Seriously, what’s to gain by the chairmanship that’s made one (or two) candidates (and their cohorts) so desperate that they’ve become avarice?

So cut the crap out. For the person who sent out the “Not Again Gary” email, let your candidate be man enough to say those things in public. For the person who posted the “Buchanan gave money to Democrats” YouTube video, kudos to you for being smart enough to record that meeting. But shame on you for being tacky in parading the video around with amateur editing and funny music. As for OKPNS, you’ve lost significant credibility with your reporting and journalism. This country was founded on the principle that every one is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. And not only was Daxon acquitted in a court of law, there was a serious lack of evidence to support the accusations. Posting an affidavit that’s several years old and deemed unreliable by our justice system shows a serious lack of journalism credibility on your part. If you were going slander any of the two candidates that you do not support, at least have the decency to present hard evidence like the two individuals with their email and video.

As a concerned delegate, it greatly bothers me to see all the GOP diarrhea showing up so close to the convention. I pray this is not a symptom of a deeper internal problem, ’cause if it is, we’re not going to be “Republican Rising” or “Oklahoma Rising” anytime soon. I imagine that I am not the only delegate who feels like sleeping in on Saturday and working peacefully in my garden as I till the manure in with the dirt.

Sincerely,

Stopping the OK GOP Horse Manure Foundation

Can Tom Daxon Lead His Party?

April 10, 2007

One of the recurring criticisms of OKGOP Chairman Tom Daxon’s leadership, is his aloofness and silence in advancing the agenda of his party within the state. Mr. Daxon seems to have chosen to be the chief bureaucrat of his party instead of its leader. Granted, his party controls the House and has a tie in the Senate with very capable leaders, but the GOP doesn’t control the governor’s mansion.

It is relatively understood that at the national and state level, the president and the governors are the de facto leaders of their parties. Mr. Daxon has abdicated that leadership responsibility to his legislative leaders. His silence has been deafening in regards to the separate Jeff McMahan, Drew Edmondson, and Gene Stipe scandals. Many within his party have been asking why?

Many have speculated that the sexual harassment lawsuit the Oklahoma Corporation Commission lost while he was Acting General Administrator, is the reason Mr. Daxon purposely has chosen to stay in the background. The Oklahoma Political News Service has obtained the Letter of Determination and the sworn affidavit of the former employee who was terminated for complaining of sexual harassment and gender discrimination. Below is from the U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s determination letter:

“[The] investigation revealed sufficient evidence to establish that charging party was retaliated against for engaging in protected activity….She was subsequently discharged, and investigation has established a causal connection between protected activity and adverse action taken. Respondent’s justification for the discharge is not believable and has been considered by the Commission as pretext to cover retaliatory motive.”

The former employee makes disturbing allegations against Mr. Daxon regarding her very first meeting with him:

“On February 4th, 2003, pursuant to Mr. Daxon’s request, I met with he and Clark Musser, General Counsel for the agency….Tom Daxon asked who maintained our agency’s website. I advised him that basically I was the webmaster with the assistance of a part time hourly employee. Tom Daxon then Laughed and referred to me as the “Web Mistress.” Clark Musser looked at Mr. Daxon and said he could not believe he said that. I was completely insulted and distraught to think a new supervisor would make such a statement the first time he meets with a new employee.”

She later describes her second meeting with Mr. Daxon:

“On February 24th, I had a second one -on- one meeting with Tom Daxon….Mr. Daxon then proceeded to ask me about the agencies (sic) Internet policy and as I began to discuss our policies, he interrupted me stating that he was referring to pornographic activity. I explained the policy and procedures and that we had software that logged all all Internet activity and provided reports of illegal activity. Tom Daxon then asked if the agency had persons that had shown up on the report. I told him we had several people that had appeared on the report and most people would show up once, then not show up again…Tom Daxon continued to ask about specifics and wanted to know what kind of porn web sites.

Mr. Daxon continued to want to know about particular porn sites…Tom Daxon preceeded to tell a story of his wife telling him that she thought that their two boys had been visiting porn sites on their home computer. Mr. Daxon then stated that he decided to get into the boy’s computer and see what sites they were visiting. I told Mr. Daxon in somewhat of an angry tone that I too had a teenage son and a computer at home, but that I would just check the cookies listing and not visit the sick porn sites.

Tom Daxon continued with his disgusting story of viewing the pornographic websites that his children had visited. Tom Daxon explained how the naked women had beautiful, tight bodies with large breasts and firm butts. Mr. Daxon again talked about their breasts saying thats these women were very well endowed. Mr. Daxon even compared these naked women to me, saying that I was a very attractive woman. Tom Daxon described this for some time and at one point laughed and said that he was getting excited and aroused while looking at them as they were so erotic.”

Tomorrow: We will post the entire affidavit.

BREAKING: Insurgent Challenger Jerry Buchanan Leads Field of GOP Chairman Candidates with 11 Days ’til Convention

April 3, 2007

Incumbent Tom Daxon’s recent momentum stalled

As the April 14 Republican State Party Convention looms only 11 days away, speculation has reached an all time high as to who will be elected to lead state Republicans for the next two years.

A race which many speculated would amount to a two way contest between incumbent Chairman Tom Daxon and former State Chairman Gary Jones has been turned on its head with the results of a three day phone survey commissioned by the Oklahoma Political News Service.

The statewide survey, which was conducted over the phone March 31-April 2, 2007 to a random sampling of 300 registered State Convention delegates, shows Tulsa native Jerry Buchanan leading the pack of three. Perhaps most surprising, the survey shows that Jones is in a strong second place position, while Daxon trails in a distant third. Results also show that the race will likely be decided on the second ballot, with no candidate netting the requisite 50% of delegate votes to win.

BREAKING: Insurgent Challenger Jerry Buchanan Leads Field of GOP Chairman Candidates with 11 Days ’til Convention

April 3, 2007

Incumbent Tom Daxon’s recent momentum stalled

As the April 14 Republican State Party Convention looms only 11 days away, speculation has reached an all time high as to who will be elected to lead state Republicans for the next two years.

A race which many speculated would amount to a two way contest between incumbent Chairman Tom Daxon and former State Chairman Gary Jones has been turned on its head with the results of a three day phone survey commissioned by the Oklahoma Political News Service.

The statewide survey, which was conducted over the phone March 31-April 2, 2007 to a random sampling of 300 registered State Convention delegates, shows Tulsa native Jerry Buchanan leading the pack of three. Perhaps most surprising, the survey shows that Jones is in a strong second place position, while Daxon trails in a distant third. Results also show that the race will likely be decided on the second ballot, with no candidate netting the requisite 50% of delegate votes to win.

Gov. Henry & Family Vacationing at Trial Lawyer’s Vacation Home?

March 24, 2007

So where has the “bipartisan governor” been while his crony and “financial guru” Scott Meacham spent the past week bashing bipartisanship and making wild statements about using the veto pen?

GOP Chairman Tom Daxon issued a press release this afternoon asking the same question. He is asking the governor’s office to disclose specific and detailed information about the chief executive’s Spring Break vacation, where he traveled and stayed, how much the trip cost, and who covered the costs of his trip.

“This week has been an important time for the people’s business,” said Daxon. “And while the governor has been out of pocket, his financial guru Scott Meacham has been making threats about using the veto pen to shoot down the bipartisan budget. I’m hoping the governor will return next week and that cooler heads will prevail. He should also address questions about where he has been.”

Paul Sund, the governor’s communications director, has tried to avoid questions from reporters about the governor’s whereabouts — only willing to say that remarks about the governor’s Spring Break vacation were “cheap shots.”

Well, now we know why the notoriously prickly Sund was so defensive about the governor’s trip.

Turns out that while leaders in the House and Senate were hammering out the details of a historic bipartisan budget agreement — the earliest in decades, it seems — Governor Henry was lounging on the beach and soaking up the rays in Cabo San Lucas at the posh vacation digs of trial lawyer Terry West.

The governor has publicly pledged to be in favor of lawsuit reform, but the reality is he’s in the hip pocket of the ambulance chasers.

More interestingly, while he’s been enjoying the rich dividends of jackpot jury verdicts, he’s allowed his underlings this week to attempt to sabotage a bipartisan deal that would mark a real turning point in taking care of matters at the State Capitol in a businesslike way.

Of course, we won’t expect to read any of this information in the mainstream Oklahoma media. The Capitol press corps typically provides the “bipartisan governor” plenty of cover for his trips. All the media has been willing to say is that the governor is “out of state.”

Gov. Henry & Family Vacationing at Trial Lawyer’s Vacation Home?

March 24, 2007

So where has the “bipartisan governor” been while his crony and “financial guru” Scott Meacham spent the past week bashing bipartisanship and making wild statements about using the veto pen?

GOP Chairman Tom Daxon issued a press release this afternoon asking the same question. He is asking the governor’s office to disclose specific and detailed information about the chief executive’s Spring Break vacation, where he traveled and stayed, how much the trip cost, and who covered the costs of his trip.

“This week has been an important time for the people’s business,” said Daxon. “And while the governor has been out of pocket, his financial guru Scott Meacham has been making threats about using the veto pen to shoot down the bipartisan budget. I’m hoping the governor will return next week and that cooler heads will prevail. He should also address questions about where he has been.”

Paul Sund, the governor’s communications director, has tried to avoid questions from reporters about the governor’s whereabouts — only willing to say that remarks about the governor’s Spring Break vacation were “cheap shots.”

Well, now we know why the notoriously prickly Sund was so defensive about the governor’s trip.

Turns out that while leaders in the House and Senate were hammering out the details of a historic bipartisan budget agreement — the earliest in decades, it seems — Governor Henry was lounging on the beach and soaking up the rays in Cabo San Lucas at the posh vacation digs of trial lawyer Terry West.

The governor has publicly pledged to be in favor of lawsuit reform, but the reality is he’s in the hip pocket of the ambulance chasers.

More interestingly, while he’s been enjoying the rich dividends of jackpot jury verdicts, he’s allowed his underlings this week to attempt to sabotage a bipartisan deal that would mark a real turning point in taking care of matters at the State Capitol in a businesslike way.

Of course, we won’t expect to read any of this information in the mainstream Oklahoma media. The Capitol press corps typically provides the “bipartisan governor” plenty of cover for his trips. All the media has been willing to say is that the governor is “out of state.”

OKPNS FLASHBACK

March 13, 2007

From Frosty Troy’s “Fridays with Frosty” commentary on KOSU-FM, April 21, 2006: (Audio)

Ted Riley, KOSU: Frosty, the US Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion that could hurt two Oklahomans with some high name recognition.

Frosty Troy: Absolutely. Now I know why Tom Daxon resigned as Finance Director of the Oklahoma House of Representatives a few days ago. It was at the same time that a three-judge panel of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Daxon did, indeed, sexually harass an employee of the Corporation Commission when he was general administrator there. And, by the way, he fired her. And he lost that job too.

The Circuit Court found that Daxon harassed Pamela D. Fye. When she complained to Corporation Commissioner chairman Denise Bode, Bode did not follow up on the case, according to the court ruling. The court also held that another employee, Karen DePue, was harassed by Daxon. The court opinion said DePue reported that Daxon said he was viewing pornography on his home computer, and it had aroused him, and he told her – he compared her to the women that he had viewed. That’s a direct quotation from the opinion, by the way.

Pamela Fye was fired by Daxon because she refused to go into “salacious” – and this is the court’s word – “salacious detail” about a previous sexual harassment case involving a previous general administrator. Fye sued Daxon, Bode, and the Commission, and they lost in the District Court, and they appealed because they said they were immune from prosecution. By the way, the three panel judges from the Tenth Circuit said no, they’re not.

You know, ironically, Tom Daxon is now a candidate for chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party, and Denise Bode is running at mid-term for the Republican nomination for Congress. Go figure.