Republican AG Candidate Funneled Thousands To Elect Democrats, Records Show

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The Daily Caller
Gabe Kiminsky
June 9, 2022
https://dailycaller.com/2022/06/09/republican-attorney-general-candidate-democrats/

  • Gentner Drummond, a Republican candidate for attorney general in Oklahoma, has contributed to nearly a dozen Democratic candidates since 2004, federal and state records show.
     
  • Drummond, who refunded a contribution to President Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign shortly after it was issued, donated to a Democratic candidate in 2014 seeking to unseat Republican Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe.
     
  • “Drummond has disqualified himself both by his denials and by failing to stand up for conservative values,” said Republican Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor. “Oklahomans cannot trust him. Trump supporters and conservatives cannot trust him.”

A Republican running for attorney general in Oklahoma has contributed roughly $10,000 to 11 Democratic candidates for state and federal office since 2004, including President Joe Biden, according to records reviewed by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Drummond, who also ran in 2018 for attorney general, refunded his $1,000 contribution to Biden’s presidential campaign in 2020 nine days after it was issued, according to FEC records. FEC records also show Drummond contributed $1,000 to candidate Matt Silverstein in his 2014 campaign to unseat Republican Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe, and $1,450 to candidate John Olson in his 2012 race for Oklahoma’s 1st congressional district.

Drummond gave $2,500 combined to former Democratic Oklahoma Rep. Dan Boren in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010, according to FEC data, and $1,000 to former Democratic Oklahoma Rep. Brad Carson in 2004. His contributions to state Democrats, some of which are also from his wife, add up to roughly $3,500, according to state records.

Drummond’s campaign did not respond to TheDCNF’s requests for comment.



John O’Connor, who has been attorney general since 2021, told TheDCNF Drummond has “continued to show his true colors” even though the candidate refunded his registered Biden contribution.

“Drummond has disqualified himself both by his denials and by failing to stand up for conservative values,” O’Connor said. “Oklahomans cannot trust him. Trump supporters and conservatives cannot trust him.”



Still, Drummond’s past contributions to Democratic candidates are “extremely troubling,” Republican state Rep. Justin Humphrey told TheDCNF.

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