Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Morgan: State Chamber Gears Up For Campaigns

The State Chamber of Oklahoma is loading up for this year's elections, doubling its political action committee and summoning candidates for a two-day "interview" with the state's business-related PACs.

"We're getting involved in the entire legislative process," State Chamber President Fred Morgan said at a Tulsa Press Club Page One luncheon Tuesday.

"Historic elections are coming up in November. For the first time ... we will be electing a new governor, a new lieutenant governor, a new treasurer, a new attorney general and new leadership in the House and Senate."

The insurance and labor commissioners and the state auditor and inspector also face strong challenges in November.

With all of that change, Morgan said, business has to be involved in politics. The State Chamber employs 10 lobbyists at the Capitol, Morgan said, adding, "Someone said, 'If you're not at the table, you may be on the menu.'‚ÄČ"

Read more from this Tulsa World article at http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=12&articleid=20100901_16_A10_CUTLIN424447.

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