Nearly a third of state campaign spending goes out-of-state
By Curtis Killman, Tulsa World
Campaign spending on state elections has totaled $19.5 million thus far in 2016, with about 30 cents of every dollar going to out-of-state firms, according to a Tulsa World analysis of expenditure data.
Companies in California and Iowa were among the top recipients of spending on campaigns this year.
Top recipients of campaign spending, 2016
- Education Petition Campaign Inc., Oklahoma City, $1,474,030
- PCI Consultants Inc., Calabasas, California, $1,089,412
- Majority Designs, Oklahoma City, $1,062,224
- Victory Enterprises, Davenport, Iowa, $1,040,106
- Skyfire Media, Oklahoma City, $582,597
- Sadler Strategic Media Inc., Studio City, California, $479,190
- AH Strategies, Oklahoma City, $408,698
- Non-itemized recipients, $404,752
- Amplified Strategies, Seattle, Washington, $396,753
- Precision Strategies, Washington D.C., $350,000
While yard signs and postage fees make up the costs of nearly every political campaign, the top two recipients of campaign spending went to companies associated with two state questions on the Tuesday ballot.
An Oklahoma City company, Education Petition Campaign Inc., garnered the most campaign funding this year, $1.47 million, from a backer of State Question 779.
A California company, PCI Consultants Inc., ranks No. 2 in total recipients.