The The OK Citizens First Pledge:

As a candidate for public office in Oklahoma, I pledge that I will not join ALEC or any similar organization which will keep me from representing the best interests of Oklahoma citizens.

Purpose: This is a nonpartisan site set up to identify the candidates for office in Oklahoma who will pledge to represent, first and foremost, the interests of Oklahoma citizens.

Signing: Candidates may sign the pledge by stating so in an email to OKCitizensFirstPledge@yahoo.com . They will then be identified with an “OK” on the Oklahoma 2014 Candidate List below.

Reasons the Pledge is Needed

 ALEC in Oklahoma: Last May, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) met in Oklahoma City to help our state legislators write “model legislation”.  While representatives, lobbyists, and lawyers from ALEC’s Corporate contingency met with our lawmakers, citizens protested across the street. They, and members of the press, had been barred from attending by security guards. The agenda of the meeting was secret and an elaborate system kept it from being obtained by Freedom of Information Act requests. The model legislation was not published, yet some has been introduced in our legislature without being identified as ALEC legislation. ALEC has a team of corporate lawyers and think tank experts who develop biased rationales and write articles and op-ed pieces to justify and sell the model legislation. You may read more about the influence of ALEC in Oklahoma on the Oklahoma Policy Institute Blog.

Secrecy: What is known about ALEC has been discovered by leaked documents and by citizen’s watchdog groups.  ALEC is a 501(c)(3) organization which is not required to reveal its donors or its funding. It has 300 corporate and special interest groups as members and 1800 legislative members (70 from Oklahoma), but it will not release its membership lists. SourceWatch lists 27 Oklahoma Representatives and 10 Oklahoma Senators as members, leaving about 30 whose identities remain secret . They have introduced a number of bills which have been identified as ALEC “model bills”, others whose source is secret, and some have become law, much to the detriment of many Oklahoma citizens.

Bipartisanship: No matter what your political affiliation, I think you should agree that this is not the democratic way to make Oklahoma laws. Our laws should not be written in secret, introduced without identifying their source, and supported by our legislators who are members of a secret organization.

What you can do: If you are a candidate, pledge on your honor that will not join ALEC or any similar organization which will keep you from representing the best interests of Oklahoma citizens.

 If you are a voter:

  • find your candidates in the list below, and email them, asking them to take the pledge.
  • pick several other candidates from the list below and send them an email. Let them know you are concerned.
  • attend campaign events and ask candidates if they have pledged to put Oklahoma citizens first.
  • write op-ed pieces, letters to the editor, or post comments  – shining light on ALEC and publicizing the pledge.
  • anything else you can think of to help create a buzz. Help make this a campaign issue. And, please register and vote.

 Oklahoma 2016 Incumbent list with ALEC ties

Oklahoma Legislators with ALEC Ties

House of Representatives

Senate

Former Representatives


SourceWatch
  has connected the following politicians to ALEC through ALEC documentation, the Oklahoma Almanac, or by ALEC donations as reported at the Oklahoma ethics webpage. 

State Offices

  • Governor – Mary Fallin
  • Lt. Governor  —  Todd Lamb
  • Attorney General  —  E Scott Pruit
  • Secretary of State  —  Glenn Coffee State
  • Treasurer  —  Ken Miller

U.S. Congress

  • James Inhofe R,United States Senate
  • Frank Lucas R, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Tom Cole R, U.S. House of Representatives

Note! This post was updated on May 28, 2016.

15 thoughts on “The OK Citizens First Pledge

    1. I guess that Mary Fallin is being told what to do by big oil and the ultra rich at this rate she will be a one term Governor it is time that Oklahoma is being run by people that care about Oklahomans not the Koch brothers etc. Come to think of it with my help she will just be a one term Governor the tornado that hit Newalla south of I-40 and ignored by her is still stinging just about every person that was hit by that tornado

  1. Where is your compassion? Oklahoma is a poor state & you are perpetuating that mindset! Lift up Oklahoma’s poor. Help them instead of hindering them! They deserve better! You ought to be ashamed to not caring for disenfranchised! The rich are not more worthy! This is America!!

  2. The continued Koch brothers conspiracy to reshape America through the brain washing using their agenda through ALEC. Oklahoma Citizens are blinded by the Republican propaganda daily on public media. All forms of media continue to place subliminal messages to support ONLY Republican Candidates. Guess where that money comes from.
    Oklahoma, the REDEST State in America.
    What a shame.

  3. Still waiting for 144,000 Medicaid solution from this Governor. We need to create a different method of governing. When we the people say do not cut taxes, vital for health and education, they vote to cut taxes. We, the people say our healthcare system needs to care for ALL , by accepting Medicaid Expansion, it is denied. We the people say to end tax incentives for horizontal drilling, they reduce from $7 to $2! Good reporting here. It does help me understand who the governing body is listening to–and it is not , We the People!

    1. This is the sorriest thing a leader can do to vote and act against the citizens that voted them into office. David B. Norris, Broken Bow, OK 74728

  4. I’m an Oklahoma resident of many years. I’m ashamed that Oklahoma has denied the medicaid expansion. This is a moral issue and the Oklahoma legislators are showing that they are putting ideology over human life. Every Oklahoman that dies due to this is blood on your hands.

  5. Stop the madness! Don’t let big money buy democracy out from under citizens in federal, state and local politics. I support candidates who sign the OK citizens first pledge.

  6. I did not vote for Fallin, but since she was a teacher, I thought and hoped that she would do great good at least in education of which Oklahoma rank next to last. But I was wrong. She is not about making life for even the children better! She is for everyone except the middle and poor class, and thus I have much disdain for her! If I had to grade her, it would be a a big fat F!

  7. It’s clear our governor cares only about her and her friends’ benefits. Poor and elder Oklahomans have been denied of ACA because Ms. Fallen wants to keep her friends happy! Come November we remember the facts.

    1. It would not be plagiarism. Anyone who wishes to copy the pledge or other information from this site has our permission and our encouragement to do so.

  8. You pledged an oath to represent the needs of the people of this state and country. Put the needs of the people of Oklahoma first! Otherwise expect to be removed from office.

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