Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: January
Senator Clark Jolley
Jolley Calls On Legislators to Refuse Donations From Litigating
Jolley, R-Edmond, today announced that he has requested an Attorney
General’s opinion on the legality of Oklahoma legislators
to have discussions with, hear testimony from and receive contributions
from parties which are suing the Oklahoma Legislature.
“With the current litigation from the Oklahoma Education Association
against the Oklahoma Legislature, I feel it is imperative that the
members of the Senate and House refuse to harm our case by having
any discussion which may be introduced as evidence in a lawsuit.
I would also urge legislators to promote the integrity of the Senate
and House by refusing to accept contributions from PAC’s controlled
by members of the OEA,” said Jolley.
The OEA filed a lawsuit against the Oklahoma Senate and House of
Representatives demanding a district judge to order the State Legislature
to appropriate four billion dollars in funding to Oklahoma school
district administrations for spending at the local level.
“I am very concerned that any statement made to members of
the Oklahoma Education Association’s employees and representatives
could be introduced as evidence in the upcoming trial,” explained
Jolley, an attorney. “I am also concerned that the allowance
of testimony regarding bills by members of the OEA could cause some
members to respond during debate, which also could be allowed as
In addition to concerns about discussions potentially being used
against the Legislature in court, Jolley said he had ethical concerns
about members accepting contributions from OEA while litigation
“When a Senator or Representative accepts a contribution from
someone who is suing his or her fellow members, it does nothing
but harm the credibility of any vote we may have to take in response
to such a lawsuit. While I trust the integrity of my colleagues,
I feel we must avoid any appearance of impropriety and refuse any
donations from the OEA Political Action Committee while they are
suing our State Legislature for specific actions.”
For more information, contact Sen. Clark Jolley at 405-521-5622,
or by email at email@example.com.
more information contact:
Senate Communications Office - (405) 521-5774