Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: November 10, 2009
Sen. Jim Wilson
Sen. Wilson Files ‘Truth in Campaigning’
Although the 2010 elections are still a year away, State Sen.
Jim Wilson wants to make sure the campaigns take the high road.
He’s filed legislation that would make it illegal for anyone to
intentionally lie or spread misinformation in a political campaign.
“Every year it seems like the lies and the mudslinging just gets
worse and worse. It would be laughable if it wasn’t such a serious
issue—these lies can and do impact the outcomes of our electoral
process, and yet nothing is ever done to hold those responsible
accountable,” said Wilson, D-Tahlequah. “It’s got to stop.”
Senate Bill 1255 would make it a misdemeanor punishable by a fine
of up of $5,000 or one year in jail for intentionally participating
in the dissemination of political advertising or campaign materials
that the person knows to be false. The penalty would specifically
apply to materials that provide false information regarding the
personal or political character of a candidate, voting records or
the effect of legislation authored.
“People should seek elected office or passage of an issue based
on the facts and merits. Instead, we see individuals and
organizations use lies to frighten, anger and manipulate voters. The
process is tainted,” Wilson said. “Oklahomans deserve better.”
Wilson said similar legislation has been filed in the past, but
has never made it through both chambers.
“You can’t get on TV and lie about what a product does, or what a
competing product does or doesn’t do, but when it comes to politics,
the most outrageous slander goes unchecked, Wilson said. “I hope
when the 2010 session begins, my fellow members will help clean up
the process by passing SB 1255.”
For more information contact:
Senator Wilson: 405-521-5574