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Today In The News
State Superintendent Charged With Campaign Violations: Oklahoma Count District Attorney David Prater filed charges against State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister and four others Thursday for campaign violations. The charges stem from a 2014 investigation examining whether Hofmeister used a “super PAC” or dark money group to attack her campaign opponent, Janet Barresi. According to court documents obtained by News 9, the investigation reveals a conspiracy to commit campaign contribution violations and illegal coordination by members of a registered 501c4 called Oklahomans for Public School Excellence (OPSE), the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration (CCOSA), the Oklahoma Education Association (OEA) and Joy Hofmeister [News9]. Hofmeister said she won’t resign and will fight the charges [NewsOn6].
Targeted strategist worked with local House candidate, others: An Oklahoma City-based campaign strategist facing criminal charges along with State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister and three others has consulted for House District 4 Republican candidate Bob Ed Culver Jr., according to financial disclosures filed this year. Culver declined to comment on the criminal charges unveiled Thursday against Robert Fount Holland, a political adviser and founder of A.H. Strategies. Holland is facing two counts of conspiracy to commit a felony and one count of being in violation of the computer crime act [Tahlequah Daily Press].
Early in-person voting begins across Oklahoma: People endured long waits to vote at some locations in Oklahoma on Thursday, which was the first of three days of early in-person voting at county election board offices in the state. More than 200 people formed a line outside the board office in Oklahoma City that snaked across the front of the building and extended into a parking lot. Some said they waited up to two hours to cast a ballot. Early in-person voting is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday in all 77 counties [Associated Press].