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Oklahoma State Senate
Communications Division
State Capitol
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
405-521-5774

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For Immediate Release: January 24, 2006

Senator John Ford
Senator John Ford

Sen. Ford Continues Push to Ban Contributions in Capitol

State Sen. John Ford will continue to push for a new law to prohibit anyone from giving or accepting campaign contributions in any state government building—including the State Capitol.

“We’re here to do the business of the people and I believe my fellow members act in good faith. But I worry about the public’s perception when people are giving and accepting campaign contributions here at the Capitol,” said Ford, R-Bartlesville. “That’s why I filed Senate Bill 1025.”

Ford co-authored a similar measure last year with Rep. John Trebilcock, R-Broken Arrow. The bill initially won the support of both chambers but failed to receive a final vote on the floor.

“I realize that it is sometimes difficult to change the way things have traditionally been done. But I believe there’s a great deal of support within the Legislature and throughout the state for this bill,” said Ford.
Anyone convicted of violating the proposed law would be guilty of a misdemeanor with a fine of between
$50 and $1,000. They could also face up to six months in jail.

“Contributions are a necessity, but I do not believe banning them in state buildings creates an insurmountable hardship. What it will do, however, is help ensure trust and confidence in elected officials.”

For more information contact:
Senate Communications Office - (405) 521-5774

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