The latest campaign finance reports filed last week for Oklahoma legislative candidates had some surprises, but none was bigger than the more than $2 million reported by state Rep. T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton.
For some reason, a bug in the state’s electronic filing system inadvertently pumped a ton of money into Shannon’s campaign reports online. (Since 2006, all candidates have to file their campaign reports electronically if they raise or spend more than $20,000.)
Turns out it was a surprise to Shannon, too. The Lawton newspaper had a short item on Thursday about his latest report.
Officials at the state Ethics Commission said they were aware of the problem and have been trying to get the commission’s vendor, OK.gov, to get the glitch fixed. OK.gov is a subsidiary of Kansas-based NIC Inc.
“It’s a bump in the system that’s been out there for a while,” said Charles Knight, the Ethic Commission’s information systems network administrator.
You can see the original pre-election report for Shannon here, complete with the error.
By Friday afternoon, officials had corrected the filing, which you can see here.
Written by Paul Monies