The latest campaign contribution and expenditure reports are due to the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday. None of the challengers to Oklahoma’s incumbent House members are expected to show much (if any) activity.
But state Sen. Andrew Rice, the Democrat challenging U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, has had some fundraising success so his report could give more of an indication of whether he will be able to mount a serious media campaign this fall.
Now that the FEC has enough commissioners to do its work again _ nominations were stalled by partisan bickering _ the commission may take action on an audit done last year of former Oklahoma Rep. Ernest Istook’s 2003-2004 campaign activity.
The audit found serious problems, but no fine was levied against the campaign.
In an e-mail at the beginning of the June, Istook said the matter had not been resolved because of the vacancies on the commission. He declined to say whether a monetary fine was involved.