Oklahoma Democrat gubernatorial nominee Drew Edmondson continues to prove that he’s too liberal and corrupt to be governor.
According to a new report in The Oklahoman, Edmondson used campaign funds to pay for a luxury vacation that included attending The Masters and visiting an “island resort town.”
These type of corruption issues are nothing new for Edmondson. The last time he held office, Edmonson was found to have routinely violated “state ethics rules and campaign laws,” steered “lucrative government contracts” to donors, and accepted money from “out-of-state lawyers, wealthy special interests and even felons.”
Edmondson has repeatedly abused his power for personal gain. Oklahomans can’t trust him to lead.
Gubernatorial candidate Drew Edmondson used campaign funds to help finance a 2009 weeklong trip that started with a fundraiser in Atlanta and ended with a visit to an island resort town, The Oklahoman has learned.
In between, he went to the Masters as a ‘special guest’ of AT&T, a sponsor of the prestigious golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia. He apparently repaid AT&T for the cost of his ticket to the tournament’s first two rounds and other amenities, AT&T said.
The Oklahoman learned of the trip from a source who, through an attorney, provided records detailing Edmondson’s expenses in 2009 in Atlanta, Augusta and Savannah, Georgia, and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
On his public campaign report, the expenses are described only as ‘food/travel/lodging.’
Acting as a go-between on getting access to the Masters was former Attorney General Mike Turpen, the records show. Turpen’s law firm had made millions of dollars off legal services to the state, due in part to Edmondson.
At the time of the trip, Edmondson, a Democrat, was the state’s attorney general but was running for governor. He would officially announce his bid two months later. He lost in the primary election in 2010.