TULSA, OK – The Tulsa County Democratic Party is calling for an ethics investigation into the Republican candidate for Tulsa County Sheriff.
The party is requesting an Ethics Commission investigation of possible straw donors to the Vic Regalado campaign. Regalado won the Tulsa Republican primary election for Tulsa County Sheriff on March 1.
The Democrats will hold a news conference at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday to call for an investigation into whether contributions were made in the name of another person so as not to exceed the limit of $2,700 for individual donors.
Regalado received the most donations of all the Republicans in the primary. Michael Bates of Batesline.com discovered about a quarter of those donations came from employees at one manufacturing company.
The Tulsa County Democratic Party states in a news release:
Recent media reports have called into question more than a dozens substantial contributions to the Regalado campaign, made by employees of ISTI Plant Services, a Rogers County based Port of Catoosa manufacturing concern. The contributions total approximately $40,000 and make up about 25% of the campaign’s primary election receipts. ISTI employees and their spouses contributed the maximum or near maximum of $2,700 each.
It is very unusual for such individuals to give such large amounts, strongly suggesting others provided the funds, others who must have maxed out on donations.
Rex Berry is the Democratic candidate for Sheriff. The special general election is April 5, 2016.
The candidates are running to replace longtime Sheriff Stanley Glanz who submitted his resignation effective Nov. 1, 2015, prompting the special election to fill the remainder of his term through Dec. 31, 2016.
Glanz resigned following a grand jury investigation in the wake of a deadly shooting involving Reserve Deputy Robert Bates. That grand jury investigation led to three misdemeanor indictments against the former sheriff.
A separate election will determine who becomes sheriff for the next four-year term. That filing period will be April 13-15, with a primary set for June 28. If necessary, a runoff would be held Aug. 23. The general election is Nov. 8.
You can find more information about the candidates on FortySix News Tulsa County Sheriff’s Special Election Page.