Contractors’ super PAC has $1 million
By: Dale Denwalt The Journal Record
OKLAHOMA CITY – A new state super PAC created to support infrastructure has $1 million in the bank.
Oklahomans for Better Roads and Bridges has raised that much in the past two months. Records on file with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission show the political action committee has $700,000, but PAC Chairman Bobby Stem said he had three more $100,000 donations since the last reporting period ended Dec. 31.
The next report is due in April. Of the 15 active state super PACs this year, it has the most cash on hand. The second-largest unlimited committee is a group supporting the Right to Farm ballot question; it has about $300,000.
Stem said many people use a super PAC to attack or support a particular candidate.
“The whole intent of the (Roads and Bridges) super PAC was actually to let the public know what the Legislature is doing,” he said. “No matter how you spin it up here, you’re either hurting roads and bridges or you’re not.”
The PAC can make unlimited independent expenditures or election-related communications. Its primary supporter is the Association of General Contractors of Oklahoma, which kicked in $500,000. Stem is executive director and lobbyist for AGCO.