A Republican Attorney General candidate in Oklahoma spent thousands of dollars to elect Democrats, The Daily Caller reports.
Gentner Drummond,, who donated to a Democrat in 2014 to unseat Republican Senator Jim Inhofe, refunded a contribution to Joe Biden’s 2020 Presidential campaign.
Federal records indicate that Drummond donated to 11 Democrat candidates since 2004.
Gentner Drummond, a Tulsa attorney and wealthy businessman facing Attorney General John O’Connor in the general election, has a history of financially backing Democrats, Federal Election Commission (FEC) and Oklahoma Ethics Commission records show.
Drummond, who also ran in 2018 for attorney general, refunded his $1,000 contribution to Biden’s presidential campaign in 2020 nine days after it was issued, according to FEC records. FEC records also show Drummond contributed $1,000 to candidate Matt Silverstein in his 2014 campaign to unseat Republican Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe, and $1,450 to candidate John Olson in his 2012 race for Oklahoma’s 1st Congressional District.
Drummond gave $2,500 combined to former Democratic Oklahoma Rep. Dan Boren in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010, according to FEC data, and $1,000 to former Democratic Oklahoma Rep. Brad Carson in 2004. His contributions to state Democrats, some of which are also from his wife, add up to roughly $3,500, according to state records.
Drummond does donate to both Democrats and Republicans, but his opponent John O’Connor, the AG since 2021 is using it as powerful ammo.
O’Connor said of his opponent, “Drummond has disqualified himself both by his denials and by failing to stand up for conservative values… Oklahomans cannot trust him. Trump supporters and conservatives cannot trust him.”
The Oklahoman reports that Drummond’s businesses received millions in pandemic relief funds:
In 2020, three of Drummond’s businesses — a cattle ranch, a chain of cellphone retailers and a law firm — received a combined $1.9 million in Paycheck Protection Program loans that were later forgiven by the federal government, according to data from the Small Business Administration and ProPublica.
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