he Well, Nascar is back. I enjoyed watching to commercial spectacle of the Daytona prerace activities. These drivers and their teams are racing for a trophy and a prize; but their real payday comes from the various sponsors who negotiate the size and position of a patch on their racing suits, and the decals on the car, itself.
Wouldn't it be great if we could know instantly, who owns the politicians that are supposed to represent us?
The Oklahoma politicians are very similar. If you want to know why Senator Ervin Yen is pushing forced vaccinations on our kids, just look at his donor base.
If you want to know why Senator Anthony Sykes is refusing to allow a committee vote on Asset Forfeiture reform, see whose help he needs to run for Attorney General, in 2018.
Check Up On Your Politicians
We studied one Oklahoma senator, Ron Sharp. I entered his name in the Guardian.ok.gov search and I saw a list of quarterly and election filings. When I opened the 1st Qtr. report for 2016, I saw an extensive list of organized labor groups, medical grroups, and public education advocates had given extensively to re-elect him to the senate. Read one of his many reports, here.
Every candidate in Oklahoma has to file extensive reports on who donates to their campaign, and who they give money to. Every dollar needs to be accounted for.
The system is all online and you can simply enter a politician's last name to do a search of all reports submitted.