Suddenly, dishonest and disingenuous mailers are being sent out state-wide against current state auditor Cindy Byrd. According to Nolan Clay of The Oklahoman, candidate McQuillen has filed bankruptcy twice and is not a licensed accountant - unlike Byrd.
An Ethics Commission filing shows that Truth PAC, based in Oklahoma City, bought $280,596.60 in television time for McQuillen earlier this week. It has reserved more than $680,000 in air time, but it is not clear whether all of that is for the auditor and inspector campaign.Records show that Truth PAC was created June 9 with Matthew Parker as chairman and treasurer. Parker is a business partner of Fount Holland.The filings do not show the source of the $280,000.The mailers carry the stamp of Holland and Parker’s company, CAMP, and the name “American Values First” and a Tulsa address that is a box at an office supply store.
Dark money should concern every voter. Money being poured into races to influence voters - many of whom do not do their own due diligence by researching the candidates - puts those of us who do our civic duty and due diligence at a disadvantage by influencing voters we can't reach.
When Steve McQuillin last filed for bankruptcy, his attorney told the judge he was retired, had severe health problems and did not intend to return to working.
...He said his two bankruptcies - in 2002 and 2020 - should not be held against him. He blamed the first one on a marriage that didn't work and the second on medical expenses after being hospitalized in Texas for a kidney stone.
...as the chief auditor for the State, is responsible for auditing the financial accounts of all government agencies within Oklahoma. The State Auditor and Inspector also performs performance audits and special investigative audits upon request by certain state officials and upon petition by citizens.
Clearly, Auditor Byrd is not only doing the job she's paid to do - protect Oklahoma's tax dollars - but excelling in that job.