The Washington-based business political action committee known as BIPAC has spent $11,726 on direct mail pieces for state Rep. Mike Thompson’s campaign for Congress, according to reports filed today with the Federal Election Commssion. It spent another $14,000 on get-out-the-vote calls for him.
The group, which also goes by the name of Business Institute for Political Analysis, has a large board of directors made up of the leaders of businesses and trade groups.
Among those on the board, according to the group’s web site, are J. Larry Nichols, executive chairman of Devon Energy, and Richard P. Rush, president and CEO of the State Chamber of Oklahoma. Nichols was an early supporter of Thompson.
Earlier this week, a group of Oklahoma contractors called Business Leaders of Oklahoma reported spending nearly $64,000 on a television ad to promote Thompson.
The BIPAC expenditures, like those for the television ad, must be made independent of Thompson’s campaign, with no coordination with the campaign.