State campaign reports on file with the Ethics Commission show Askins has spent $2,007,478 while Fallin's expenditures total $1,909,649 to date. The same reports show Fallin has outraised Askins and still has $805,266 cash on hand compared to Askins with $352,635 cash on hand.
Then there is the $59,000 to Red October Productions Inc. of Washington, D.C., a firm that did media productions for the 2004 Bush-Cheney campaign and the national GOP convention held that year. Fallin also spent $286,000 with SSG Media of Washington, D.C. and another $56,000 to the Stevens & Schriefer Group of Washington. Both are the same company that had key players involved in the Bush/Cheney campaigns in 2000 and 2004.
Schriefer's wife is Nina Easton, the Washington Editor of Fortune magazine and a commentator on the Fox News Channel.
Fallin also spent $30,000 to buy campaign software from Trailblazer Campaign Services of Minneapolis, Minnesota; $78,000 with Direct Mail Systems of Clearwater, Florida; and $188,000 to Hockaday & Associates of Alexandria, Virginia.
As for Lt. Governor Askins, her more than $2 million in expenses include $536,128 to Rollins Communications of Tulsa, a media production firm. She also has paid $350,985 so far to Democratic consultant Don Hoover and his Oklahoma City based firm. Askins reached out to a Democratic media firm in Topeka, Kansas--Mixed Media LLP and paid it $25,861. Then there was the $91,895 to an Oklahoma City firm called B. Creative and $62,000 to Strother Strategies of Potomac, Maryland. She also has paid $31,390 to SOCO Productions LLC of Fairfax, Virginia and $50,000 to BDC Consulting LLC of Stillwater.