Tom Cole

Loophole allows fundraisers during Oklahoma special session

Oklahoma legislators have been raising thousands of dollars from lobbyists at lavish fundraisers during a special session limping into its eighth week, yet they've failed to make much progress toward plugging a $215 million hole in the state budget.

The Associated Press obtained invitations to a dozen scheduled fundraisers held over the past few weeks for some of the Legislature's top Republican leaders, including the powerful chairs of the appropriations committees in the House and Senate.

During the regular session that ended in May, members of the Legislature could have faced fines and up to a year in jail for accepting contributions from lobbyists or the companies that...

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