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Documents reveal state GOP work billed to county party



The Oklahoma County Republican Party, under investigation for questionable 2004 campaign contributions, was billed thousands of dollars for candidates in districts well outside of Oklahoma County during that election cycle.

In documents obtained by Oklahoma Gazette, various political and survey consulting firms conducted work for nine Republican state House candidates in the fall of 2004, none of whom ran for office inside Oklahoma County.

One firm sent a bill for $15,050 to the county party for survey work on six incumbent representatives. Another firm conducted six polls for various district races at a cost of $3,000.

The surveys were for races in the counties of:
" Cleveland,
" Texas,
" Pottawatomie,
" Rogers,
" Tulsa,
" Muskogee,
" Mayes,
" Wagoner and
" Murray.

Another invoice sent to the county party in 2004 totaling $1,705 went for "background research" and searches with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, records show.
On one invoice, a memo is written on the cover of a fax to forward the attached invoices to the Oklahoma County Republican Party for payment. The fax was sent to the county party.

Pam Pollard, executive director of the county party, said she could not comment about the documents, which deal with the timeframe under investigation.

State Republican financing is being investigated by the Oklahoma Ethics Commission for contributions made out to the state Republican Party, but ending up in the county party coffers. Some of the donors, who were elected Republican House members, have publicly said they did not direct their contribution to the county party.

Look for more coverage in the Oct. 3 Oklahoma Gazette. "Scott Cooper



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