Donations to Lawmakers Keep Flowing Even As They Vote on Bills

Oklahoma Watch

Campaign finance reform advocates say even though these types of donations are allowable under state law, they are troubling because they raise serious conflict-of-interest issues for public officials. “It certainly can raise questions whether legislators are trading dollars for favors,” said Aaron McKean, state and local reform legal counsel for the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan group that advocates for stronger campaign finance laws. “And especially with part-time legislators, I think people want their representatives passing bills and not raising money.”

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