Yesterday afternoon, Clifton Adcock with The Frontier reported that State Sen. Roger Thompson was trying to sneak in legislation that would allow our moral, righteous and highly-ethical lawmakers to use campaign funds for personal expenses, like their mortgage, vacation, or a full download of “Hot Wife Chloe Needs To Be Punished.”
Here are details via The Frontier:
As legislative session winds down, Senator proposes amendment to allow politicians to spend campaign funds on vacations, mortgages, gifts and other personal expenses
As the Oklahoma Legislature enters the final days of its 2020 regular legislative session, a last-minute proposed amendment to a bill in the Senate has emerged that would allow politicians to use campaign money to pay for personal expenses including country club dues, mortgage payments, vacations and a other personal items.
The proposed amendment to House Bill 3996 authored by Sen. Roger Thompson, R-Okemah, would remove the state’s prohibition against candidates for office and office holders spending money donated to their political campaign committees for personal use. The amendment, which would replace all language in the original bill that was approved in March by the House, has yet to be voted on by the Senate.
As most of our readers know, I love to criticize Oklahoma lawmakers for their idiotic ideas, but I don’t have a big problem with this one.
First of all, most politicians do this already, so we might as well make it legal and put everything out in the open. Seriously, if you’re a political candidate who hasn’t figured out how to pocket your campaign dollars for personal use, you’re doing it wrong, and should probably contact Oklahoma “ethics” attorney Glenn Coffee. He can show you all the innovative, legal and totally ethical ways you can take advantage of your campaign cash.
Second, it will finally give me the financial incentive I need to run for public office! I’m think I’ll start small and go for Mayor of Oklahoma City. It seems like a pretty easy gig. You just need to post a lot of stuff on social media, wear sneakers with a suit, and like or RT every compliment people from the Chamber of Commerce shoot your way.
Unfortunately, it looks like all of that is a moot point. Not too long after The Frontier reported the story and generated some online outrage, Senator Thompson reached out to say the whole thing was just a big joke: