In the days preceding the state primary election (June 28), a newly formed political action committee in Oklahoma City decided to spend a very large amount of money in a concentrated attempt to defeat a state senator in a district which is over 100 miles away. Sen. Nathan Dahm endured a massive and deceptive onslaught of media saturation. He faced 2 Republican challengers and will also face a general election challenge.
The expenditures and the PAC itself are quite curious. But now we see that the Firefighters worked to cloak their activities by repeatedly breaking the state's reporting laws. Oklahoma Watch now reports that the PAC broke the reporting laws several times. And not by a day or two. No, they waited until well after the election itself, and only then did they fess up to what they were doing.
The Oklahoma Watch article lists Milton Blackburn & John Craig as among the principals involved in the "Conservatives For Common Sense" PAC. If the PAC is promoting conservatism, they would hardly choose the senate's most conservative member to be the target of concentrated hits. But the campaign laws do not have a litmus test for who uses the label 'conservative'. OKC's firefighters are largely labor union members.
The filing lists the chairman as Milton Blackburn, of Oklahoma City, and John Craig, of Edmond. Calls to both were not returned. Campaign finance filings show the bulk of the PAC's money came from labor groups, including several firefighting associations based in Oklahoma and Washington, D.C.
Senator Dahm gained national attention in 2014 when he appeared with CNN's Piers Morgan to discuss 2nd amendment rights and the legislation Dam had authored, to restore some of those freedoms in Oklahoma statutes.
There are plenty of reasons for liberal groups to oppose a conservative leader, but the Oklahoma City PAC attempted to pass themselves off as a conservative initiative.
If there ever was a case for assessing the most severe penalties, this seems to be that scenario. The Attorney General needs to review the known facts of this case and dig deeper. A grand jury may be in order.
Dr. Grimes recommends the website: http://www.followthemoney.org/