Local Oklahoma state representative returns campaign contribution

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

ARDMORE, Okla. -- A local Oklahoma state representative says he is giving back a campaign contribution from a man with ties to insurance companies.

District 48 representative Greg Piatt (R) accepted a $5,000 contribution from Bradford Phillips in 2007. Phillips is the son of Texas businessman Gene Phillips.

The elder Phillips was accused of bribing former state insurance commissioner Carroll Fisher.

Piatt says House Speaker Chris Benge encouraged him to return the money.

Piatt tells us the circumstances surrounding the Phillips name was what ultimately prompted him to return the funds.


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  • by Anonymous on Feb 15, 2008 at 07:31 PM
    MRS CLINTON is going to win
  • by Republican in Ardmore Location: Ardmore on Feb 14, 2008 at 06:34 PM
    I'm sorry Dorothy. I didnt realize you were one of those radical nut jobs, like Anne Coulter, Laura Ingrahm, and Rush Limbough who think they run the GOP! Republicans like them are a ancient history, and so is Greg Piatt. You said yourself that Greg and Johnnie respond well together. I guess I was right in saying Greg was a liberal Democrat like Obama!
  • by Dorothy on Feb 13, 2008 at 08:48 PM
    A REPUBLICAN IN ARDMORE.. WHY DONT YOU JUST SHUT YOUR MOUTH, YA KNOW ITS REPUBLICANS LIKE YOU THAT GIVE YOUR PARTY A BAD NAME. IF IM CORRECT HERE IS GREG PIATT NOT OF LEGAL AGE TO GAMBLE IN VEGAS?? I TOO THINK THE LOTTERY HERE IN OKLAHOMA HAS DONE NOTHING BUT DAMAGE GOOD HOMES AND FAMILIES. ITS DONE NOTHING FOR THE SCHOOLS THE ROADS . BUT LET ME GUESS REPUBLICAN IN ARDMORE. YOUR A HOT SHOT SLOT MAN WINNING THE BIG BUCKS.. WHILE IM SETTIN HERE LAUGHING AT YOUR STUPID COMMENTS ABOUT GREG.. I HAVE TO ASK YOU WHAT MAJOR OIL COMPANY ARE YOU THE BIG CEO AT??? AND AS FAR A GREG DOING ANYTHING FOR ME PERSONALLY HE HAS NOT.. ONLY BEEN A GOOD FRIEND AND A SUPPORTER OF SMALL TOWNS THAT SEEM TO GET LEFT OUT BECAUSE OF BIG SHOTS LIKE YOU. AND TRUST ME I DONT THINK GREG HAS TO COZIE UP TO ANYONE MOST CERTAINLY NOT JOHNNIE CRUTCHFIELD. EVERYTIME I SEE THEM BOTH TOGETHER AT TOWN FUNCTIONS THEY SEEM TO RESPOND WELL TOGETHER AND HAVE A GREAT TIME WITH ONE ANOTHER.. SO GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT!!!!!!!!
  • by Republican in Ardmore Location: Ardmore on Feb 13, 2008 at 04:12 PM
    Dorothy, Greg must have done a lot for you! The man is a hypocrite. If he really was against gambling for Oklahoma, he would have set an example by not gambling period! I am not the only Republican that feels this way and hates it when he cozies up to Crutchfield all the time! I'm beginning think he's really a liberal Democrat like Obama!
  • by a on Feb 13, 2008 at 09:27 AM
    Piatt returned the money because it was the right thing to do. Besides that, the guy that donated money wasn't even the criminal, his dad was. Just be glad he stepped up and did the right thing, Democrat or a republican, doesn't matter, he gave it back and that's that. He is a great person and can you tell me what good gambling has brought to Oklahoma? How about the lottery, again, shortfall with the money when they were saying all along it wouldn't work. So what if he goes to vegas, it's his right, he didn't say he was against gambling, just gambling in Oklahoma. Remember, the tribes are benefiting the most from teh gambling, not the state.
  • by Dorothy on Feb 13, 2008 at 04:31 AM
    Are you for real Republican in Ardmore??? This man has done wonders for some towns, He is one of the most down to earth Good Guys out there he works for the people he hears the peoples cries. He gives more to his State then you or anyone else could or would, while you setting there at your pc counting your chips. and praying that McCain makes it into office just so your bank roll can get bigger and the Middle class folks have to scrape by. Its people like you that make me sick!!!! Leave hateful and untruthful words about Greg out of your mouth, Esp if you dont have a clue as to what you speak!!! And so what that he got caught on film gambling. it is his right to go to vegas and do that.. May he Objected to the Gambling in oklahoma cause he knew how Much the Casinos could ruin alot of families, Yanno them good ole get rich stories.. I for 1 know those Casinos have ruined many lives, so before you past judgement. maybe you should look at the fact... I SUPPORT YOU MR PIATT
  • by Republican in Ardmore Location: Ardmore on Feb 12, 2008 at 09:18 PM
    This is the kind of Republican we need to throw out of office. The ones who are always on the take. It took him long enough to give the money back. This was the same guy that was caught on camera gambling in Vegas after objecting to Oklahoma voting to legalize gambling. We need McCain to clean up all this mess rather than all-talk Obama!
  • by Butch "Dubya" Hickson Location: The Stix on Feb 12, 2008 at 05:42 PM
    98.7% of all politians are criminals. Thats just the way it is. I'm 78 years old and I created my own political party called the Common Sense Party. It is not Republican and not Democrat. It is the Common Sense Party that is honest, truthful, fair, just, and the true American Way. This guy Piatt returned the money just cuz he got caught.
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