Secretive group spends thousands on Oklahoma political ads

By Nolan Clay | Published: April 15, 2013   © Copyright 2013, The Oklahoman

A secretive group is spending thousands of dollars on political ads calling for the defeat of legislation that would dramatically change the workers’ compensation system in Oklahoma, records show.

The group, Oklahoma Works, does not have to disclose its financial backers because of a loophole in the law.

“If they are engaged only in issue advocacy, then there’s no requirement that they register or report with us,” said Lee Slater, the new executive director of the Oklahoma Ethics Commission.

The Oklahoman was able to identify one financial backer of the group as Brandon Burton, an Oklahoma City attorney who represents injured workers at the comp court and is paid from their awards.

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