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October 9, 2013

CLARIFICATION

CLAREMORE —

Sunday’s story about the financial ties between District Attorney Janice Steidley and Wylie Communications Inc. (WCI) of Oologah, and questions of conflict of interest involving its husband and wife principals, John M. Wylie II and Faith L. Wylie, who also own the Oologah Lake Leader, requires the following clarifications:
n DA Steidley said in a printed statement published in Sunday’s story that her relationship with WCI went back to September of 2012. She submitted to The Daily Progress copies of invoices submitted by her office to the PR company. The invoices show the relationship actually went back further, to March 15, 2012, when the district attorney approved a payment of $2,047.84 to WCI. for research and reports on Raley, Davidson & Co., and Paul Johanning, and for press release work. Other payments were approved by the DA to Wylie Communications on Sept. 20, 2012 ($645.00) for press release preparation. The invoice included a notation from John Wylie that, “We have waived time for Faith. This covers all work through today. Thank you for your business.”; Oct. 29, 2012 ($759.38) to meet, discuss OSBI investigation announcement press release, research and write press release, research and revise press release; Nov. 14, 2012 ($815.63) for press release for Jetta case; Feb. 5, 2013 ($225.00) for press release preparation for county commission bid splitting investigation; March 12, 2013 ($1,385.50) for research, review documents and discuss Giglio, sexual abuse case issues, meet and draft press response on child sex abuse case; April 29, 2013 ($378.75) to draft news release on rape case, discuss issues involving Channel 6 story and potentially confidential material. Review updated press release, review email, telephone conference, find and transmit documents. Total payment from DA’s office to WCI: $6,257.10.  The invoices did not include any payments made by Janice Steidley personally or by her campaign committee to Wylie Communications. Claremore Police Chief Stan Brown was quoted in Sunday’s story as saying payments by DA Steidley to the PR firm amounted to about $8,000 over several months. John Wylie said in a Sept. 19, 2013, article in the couple’s Oologah Lake Leader that “WCI has openly performed public communications projects for Steidley personally, her political campaign committees, and the District Attorney’s office, Faith Wylie noted.”

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