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Sen. Ford Continues Push to Ban Contributions in Capitol

Senator John Ford Senator John Ford
Sen. Ford discusses proposal to ban Capitol Contributions.

State Sen. John Ford will continue to push for a new law to prohibit anyone from giving or accepting campaign contributions in any state government building—including the State Capitol.

“We’re here to do the business of the people and I believe my fellow members act in good faith. But I worry about the public’s perception when people are giving and accepting campaign contributions here at the Capitol,” said Ford, R-Bartlesville. “That’s why I filed Senate Bill 1025.”

Ford co-authored a similar measure last year with Rep. John Trebilcock, R-Broken Arrow. The bill initially won the support of both chambers but failed to receive a final vote on the floor.

“I realize that it is sometimes difficult to change the way things have traditionally been done. But I believe there’s a great deal of support within the Legislature and throughout the state for this bill,” said Ford.
Anyone convicted of violating the proposed law would be guilty of a misdemeanor with a fine of between
$50 and $1,000. They could also face up to six months in jail.

“Contributions are a necessity, but I do not believe banning them in state buildings creates an insurmountable hardship. What it will do, however, is help ensure trust and confidence in elected officials.”

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