Insurance company lobbyist Bobby Stem and insurance company attorney Stephen Jones, on the "outs" at the Oklahoma Insurance Department for the past four years, are clearly "in" today as they are announced as hosts of a Monday reception for new Republican Insurance Commissioner John Doak at the department's offices.
Here's the text of an invitation:
Please Join Us for a Reception
honoring John D. "Okie" Doak
DATE: Monday, January 10, 2011
TIME: 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Oklahoma Insurance Department
HOSTED BY: Stephen & Sherrel Jones and Bobby Stem
Oklahoma Insurance Department
Five Corporate Plaza 3625 Northwest 56th Street, Suite 100
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Paid for by Friends of John Doak 2010
Jones represents insurance company interests of the Phillips family of Texas. It was the acceptance of gifts from the Phillips family that resulted in controversy for former Commissioner Carroll Fisher, his subsequent loss of the office, conviction and prison time. Fisher served a three-year prison sentence for embezzling $1,000 from his campaign and lying on a contributions report. He also was accused of accepting $25,000 and other gifts from Phillips, his family and business associates in exchange for favorable treatment of their insurance companies. Fisher has said the money was a loan. It was the acceptance of the gifts from Phillips that created a firestorm around then-Commissioner Fisher and ultimately resulted in the investigation that toppled him. Phillips was not charged with any wrong-doing.
Jones and Stem and their associates contributed to Insurance Commissioner Kim Holland's Republican opponent in 2006 and gave heavily to Doak last year in his race against Holland.