Published February 25, 2016 by Michael Bates (BatesLine)
Why are the executives and employees of a Rogers County manufacturing company, many of whom don’t live in Tulsa County, so passionate, so willing to give sacrificially in support of a candidate for Tulsa County Sheriff?
An odd thing about Vic Regalado’s campaign contributions report: A surprising number of max or near-max donors to Regalado’s campaign are associated with ISTI Plant Services: President, CFO, CIO, managers, supervisors.
Some examples: Glen Cole, “Compliance ISTI Plant Services,” and Lisa Cole, both of 1610 E. 32nd Pl., valued at $201,500, each gave the maximum $2,700 to Regalado. Manuel Sigala, “Supervisor ISTI Plant Services,” and Olga Sigala, both of 3836 W. Ft. Worth St., Broken Arrow, each gave $2,700 to Regalado. Their home has an appraised value of $165,000. Levi Gonzalez, whose job and employer are listed as “Purchasing ISTI Plant Services,” and Jacquelyn Gonzalez, both of 1169 N. 172nd East Ave., each gave $2,500 to Regalado. That address has a Tulsa zip code but is in Rogers County and the Catoosa city limits, with an assessed market value of $187,256. Justin Gonzalez, “Supervisor ISTI Plant Services,” and Jessica Bledsoe, both of 1143 N.171st East Ave., which has an assessed market value of $92,788, also each gave $2,500 to Regalado. It’s unusual for wealthy people to max out for a candidate, particularly a local candidate. It’s almost unheard of for middle-class people to give on the order of 2-5% of their home’s value for any candidate.
By my count, ISTI Plant Services employees and their spouses/housemates contributed $42,050, or about 25% of Regalado’s total, and all on February 12. That’s quite a coincidence.
ISTI Plant Services has offices in a former wedding chapel on 21st Street west of Lynn Lane, but its principal manufacturing facility is at the Port of Catoosa in Rogers County. ISTI was originally an acronym for Insulation Specialists of Tulsa, Inc. From their “about” page, here’s what ISTI Plant Services does:
From small single skid units to an 80 module Sulfur Recovery Unit processing 500,000 tons annually, ISTI Plant Services has vast experience in all types of field construction, including civil, structural, piping, fabrication, prep and painting, insulation, heavy rigging, instrumentation and electrical.
Our team of managers, supervisors and foremen has over 150 years of combined plant construction experience, and are committed to detail, precision and 24/7/365 customer service.
Not only do we build industrial plants, we also build solid partnerships with our clients. We are proud to enjoy a nationwide reputation of being uniquely capable, always allocating the right resources to the right job, while meeting our clients’ budget and schedule.
Santiago Barraza, then listed as president of the company, was also a max donor to Tulsa City Councilor Connie Dodson, a max donor to Jeb Bush, and a max donor to T. W. Shannon, A. H. Strategies’ candidate in the 2014 U. S. Senate race to replace Tom Coburn. Barraza also maxed out for Dewey Bartlett for Mayor in 2013, Judge Kurt Glassco’s campaign for re-election in 2014, and Michael Brooks-Jimenez, 2014 Democrat candidate for Senate District 44. Barraza’s name is listed as owner of 19 properties in Tulsa County, according to the Tulsa County Assessor’s Office website.
Vic Regalado is clearly the Tulsa establishment’s preferred candidate for Tulsa County sheriff. He has raised more funds than all of his opponents combined. Many people named Siegfried have given large amounts of money to his campaign. Regalado is a client of AH Strategies and Majority Designs. The near unanimity of Tulsa’s insiders makes me wonder why they’ve chosen him and what they expect from him.Follow @FortySixNews