Paid for or Just Feeling His Way?
By the Watchman
Once again we find ourselves dealing with a Senator who just completed his first session as a Freshman Senator in the State of Oklahoma. It’s difficult to tell if he was influenced by his donors, or if he was feeling his way through his first session. Our first indication comes from his campaign web page
. Our doubts about the Conservative politics of any Republican are called into question when they adopt the Democratic tactic of not identifying their party in their campaign literature and web sites. This is inexcusable.
We next went to www.votesmart.org
to the Ratings and Endorsement page to see what was available.
2012 NRA Candidate Position on Gun Rights 92%
Over the course of our previous investigations, we have found that the ratings from the NRA are not always reliable.
We next went to www.followthemoney.org
to look at his campaign finances. There were ample donations from special interest groups, corporations and unions. We next did a simple google search to see what information was available on the web on the senator. We were surprised to find that there wasn’t a Wikipedia entry on him. We did find a disturbing page on his endorsement page of his campaign web site. This is what we found, Larry Boggs Oklahoma State Senate District Seven
. As conservatives, we don’t appreciate candidate accepting donations from the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce let alone publicizing an endorsement such as this. This is a clear indication that the senator will listen to what the State Chamber will say when it comes to how to vote. This does not bode well for his conservative image.
We also found this article
to give you a small indicator of how he voted during his first session as a Senator. The problem we found with the site was with the campaign contributions. It doesn’t show an accurate figure for the total campaign figures for the Senator generated for the cycle.
We next took a look at his voting record for this session. Here is what we found.
Driver’s License Fee Increase Voted Yea-Liberal
Workers Comp Reform Voted Yea-Liberal
Nondiscrimination in Treatment-Voted Yea-Did Not Vote
Morning After Pill Voted Nea-Liberal
Health Insurance Mandate Voted Yea-Liberal
That’s ten votes that are important to Oklahoma citizens. He missed one vote, made five (5) conservative votes and four (4) Liberal votes. That gives him a RINO Index Score of 55. That is not good. It takes a minimum score of 70 to be considered a conservative. We understand that this was his first session, but he must do better if he wants to grab the mantle of a conservative politician. He has a lot of work to do.
Now the one thing that really bothers us about election politics is individual donations coming from out of state. If a candidate truly wants to represent the state, friend or no friend, they should return all out of state individual donations. You are supposed to be in this for the people of your district and the State of Oklahoma, not to line your pockets. We reviewed Senator Boggs Schedule As and found fourteen (14) instances where he accepted donations from individuals from out of state. Those donations totaled $6,475.00. Now that doesn’t sound like much and it’s not, but was it necessary to have in his campaign, the answer is no. He ran un-opposed.
We next took a look at some of the unions, corporations, PACs and special interest groups that contributed to his campaign. Here is some of what we found.
Sep. 10, 2012 Okla. State Republican Senatorial Committee $5,000.00
Sep. 21, 2012 Republican Senate Victory Fund $5,000.00
Both of these committees donated after the race became a one man race.
Oct. 03, 2012 ONEOK Inc. PAC, Tulsa, Ok $ 500.00
Oct. 10, 2012 Greater OKC Chamber of Commerce $2,000.00
Oct. 19, 2012 Devon Energy Corporation PAC $5,000.00
All three of these organizations are major backers of the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce. They wouldn’t support a candidate without the State Chambers approval.
Nov. 08, 2012 Monsanto Company Citizenship Fund $ 500.00
This is one we have a hard time understanding. With most of the world rejecting Monsanto’s GMO seeds as causing untold health problems, why would any candidate, especially one whose business is in agriculture ever accepting a donation from Monsanto.
Senator Boggs we do understand that this was your first session and your first campaign. You have time to get your act together. There is nothing wrong with identifying the political party you belong to in your campaign literature, on your campaign signs or on your campaign web site. If you’re afraid to identify yourself as a Republican there, than you’re not a Republican. You must always remember that the party has a platform that it must, let us say that again, that you must live by. Do not let those liberal RINO Republicans who are currently in leadership positions there deter you from conservative values. Go charging into the next session with a new awareness of what it takes to be a conservative Republican.