A reliable source in the Oklahoma Republican Party tells Sooner Politics that the Federal Election Commission has officially notified the OKGOP that an audit of the state's largest political party is now commencing. Just 5 years ago, the FEC also conducted a similar audit and cost the OKGOP a 6-figure sum of money in fines, assessments, and associated expenses.
The previous audit focused on a time period of Chairmen Dave Weston (2013-2015) and Randy Brogdon (2015).
The current audit focuses on a time period of Chairmen Pam Pollard(2015-2019) and David McLain(2019-2021).
Sooner Politics is also investigating a federal sanction against the OKGOP relating to failure to report and submit employee tax withholding in recent years.
Other recent reports to Sooner Politics say that financial irregularities were discovered by the financial team of current Chairman John Bennett, in April & May of this year. relating to unaccounted-for bank withdrawals shortly after John Bennett took over for departing Chairman David McLain, on April 10th.
John Bennett is said to have decided to keep the matter quiet, but his reasons are still not clear.
Who Runs The OKGOP?
A State Committee meeting can be called by the chairman (John Bennett), vice chairman (Shane Jemison), National Committeeman (Steve Curry), National Committeewoman (Pam Pollard), or by a signed petition of 1/4 of the current 400+ member State Committee. An Agenda of business must be listed in the 'call', and a 10-day notice made to all members of the State Committee.
The State Committee of the OKGOP consists of 4 delegates from each organized county party organization in Oklahoma's 77 counties, as well as Republicans elected in partisan races in state & federal govt.
There are nearly 150 members of the State Committee who serve at the State Capitol, alone. the Republican Caucus of the legislature could call a State Committee meeting and set the meeting agenda, if they chose to.