July 19, 2012
Why is the Oklahoma legislature, in flagrant disregard of our state Constitution, bailing out a private organization? How do you or I get one of these generous donations of taxpayer money?
Over $2.2 million has already been funneled through the state Department of Agriculture over the past 11 years to the Youth Expo and now lawmakers want to bestow another $ 2 million of our tax dollars to this private organization.
Who is Bob Funk?
Bob Funk is the lead cheerleader for this “World Series of the agriculture industry” also known as the Youth Expo. Bob Funk also happens to be a big Republican campaign donor. Apparently his pet project, the Youth Expo, is facing some financial difficulties.
Maybe he should have sunk his own funds into the project instead of sinking so much into campaign donation but either way it appears the bills will get paid.
There is a problem though. While our legislative leaders are only too happy to help Mr. Funk out, it is illegal! Our state constitution prohibits giving gifts of taxpayer money to non-government organizations. Apparently this sort of funny money business has been going on for years but lawmakers are now making a greater effort to hide their political payola. At least in the past the money, questionable as it is, was at least included in the state appropriations bill. Not so this year. Instead of slipping the gift in the appropriations bill, it appears that our lawmakers and the Ag Dept. made arrangements directly with Mr. Funk and added and bonus to boot!
Read the Tulsa World article about the whole mess.
It makes me wonder how many more sweet deals have gotten past us. It doesn’t matter one bit if the organization is a good cause or not-this is not how we want our government operating!
Thankfully this is not yet a done deal. Call the Governor’s office and your state legislators first thing in the morning and tell them to do the right thing and stop this!
July 20, 2012A reader comments;
‘I just got a call back from Comm of Ag Jim Reese. 7:48 AM. I called his office this morning @ 7:28 AM. He said he has read the constitution and he does not think it is illegal for a private entity to receive tax dollars. He said “What is illegal about it?” “I have to buy staples and paper”’
How does Commissioner Reese miss the fact that the money being given or “gifted” if you will, is not for any good or services? It is a GIFT of our tax dollars-NOT a payment.
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Commissioner of Agriculture – Jim Reese - 405-522-5719 or email@example.com
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