Claremore Daily Progress

State/Nation

October 12, 2012

Take the money and run for office

Helm, Anderson get campaign money from vendors which may have violated state law

CLAREMORE — Campaign finance reports for Rogers County District 2 Commissioner Mike Helm and Rogers County County Clerk-elect Robin Anderson show that vendors made multiple contributions to their 2012 campaigns.

Many of the donors currently do business with Rogers County and some of the contributions were listed to be directly from the business.
Helm won re-election in the June 26 primary by 270 votes over challenger Troy Wilstead. Anderson, who works as Helm’s FEMA coordinator, won election over Kit Kelley by 1,854 votes. 
According to state statute “no corporation shall contribute to any campaign fund or any party committee of this state. No candidate, candidate committee or other committee shall knowingly accept contributions given in violation.”
“I was not aware of the statute,” Helm said.
“The campaign manager takes care of it.”
The Oklahoma Ethics Commission publishes the reports to the public for review. 
Helm is listed to have received $1,000 from Donelson Construction Company, $1,000 from Green Construction, $1,000 from Clever Stone Co., $572.50 from Brian Kellogg of Kellogg Engineering, $200 from Rick Hayes of Retail Attractions, $500 from Newton Box or Boxer Equipment and $1,000 from David Charney, Owasso real-estate developer [Stone Canyon].
Of these vendors, all have done work with the county in the past few years many within the election year.
Rogers County spent more than $5 million with Donelson Construction in the past 12 months alone.
The county has spent more than $174,000 with Boxer Equipment and approximately $50,000 with Kellogg Engineering.
This does not include the hundreds of thousands of dollars spent with Guy Engineering, a firm that works with Kellogg.
Helm has spent in excess of $500,000 on the roads in Stone Canyon including extensive construction of N. 177th E. Ave.
Helm classifies the roadway as a section line road, yet it curves through the neighborhood and to a dead end at the entrance of the Patriot Golf Club.

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