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2022 General Election candidates report campaign donation information

A second round of campaign reporting statements from all General Election candidates is due by June 13.

Candidates seeking office in the 2022 Osage Nation General Election submitted their first campaign reporting statements showing their donations and expenses made in seeking votes from the Osage public.

According to the reports filed with the Wahzhazhe Elections Office, candidate donations are as follows from the four Executive Branch candidates and seven winners in the Congressional race.

Executive Branch candidates

For the Principal Chief candidates, the reporting period covered April through the May 16-20 deadline filing week. The Executive Branch candidates already had two rounds of submitting campaign reporting statements during the Primary Election season.

Geoffrey Standing Bear, who won reelection in the June 6 election, raised $1,000 through three individual donations, which included $500 from LeeAnn Ammons, $300 from Jodell Heath and $200 from Mark Hendrix.

Challenger Joe Tillman raised $1,400 from individual donations, $1,565.84 from business entity donations and $1,822 in anonymous donations. Tillman’s donations for the reporting period totals $4,787.84 and he also reported $2,702.47 in individual in-kind donations.

Among Tillman’s donations includes $500 from Mr./Mrs. Gayle Prather, $500 from attorney and outgoing Osage Minerals Councilwoman Marsha Harlan, $300 from Michael Tolson and $100 from Scott Manzer. For business donations, he received $750 from CSC Oil Company, $500 from Logos Staffing International, Inc., and $200 from J7 Ranch.

In the Assistant Principal Chief’s race, current Congressman RJ Walker won his first Executive Branch term and received $300 in donations. He received $200 from his aunt Debra Atterberry and $100 from Vickie Moler.

Candidate Thomas Trumbly did not report any individual or business donations other than $400 in self-donations to his campaign.

Congressional winners

In a first of its kind Osage reformed government election for the Congressional race, seven candidates will take their oaths of office in July with Walker vacating his seat to serve as Assistant Principal Chief. The seventh place candidate will serve the two years remaining on Walker’s term and the other six winners will serve four-year terms.

The seven top winners in the Congressional race reported the following campaign donation information in their reporting statements.

Eli Potts raised the most in donations among the Congressional candidates with $15,710 from individual donors, $1,500 in self-donations, $200 from business entities, and $185 in anonymous donations. Donations to Potts total $17,595 and he also reported $1,750 in in-kind donations.

Potts’ individual donations reported include $5,000 from his mother and former Osage National Councilwoman Cheryl Potts, $5,000 from QuikTrip convenience store chain founder Burt Holmes, $2,000 from Laura Jane Potts, and $1,000 from First Oklahoma Bank CEO Tom Bennett III where Eli Potts also works as a lending officer. He also received $250 from Democratic former U.S. Rep. Dan Boren and $100 from former Oklahoma State Rep. Lucky Lamons, whom Potts worked for as a legislative aide while serving in state office.

Other donors to Potts’ campaign include outgoing Osage Minerals Councilwoman Susan Forman and current OMC member Paul Revard who each donated $200. He received $100 from former Osage Congressman Archie Mason, $100 from Manzer, $200 from Heath, $200 from Chuck and Manon Tillman, $100 from former Osage Congressman Daniel Boone, and $250 from Eric Proctor, also with First Oklahoma Bank and a former Oklahoma state representative.

Whitney Red Corn reported $403 in self-donations and $2,450 from individual donations for a total of $2,853. Red Corn received $1,750 from Rebecca and Andrew Barrilleaux, $250 from Potts and his wife Elizabeth Potts and a separate $450 from Rebecca Barrilleaux.

Alice Goodfox reported $800 in self-donations and $2,245 from individual donations for a total of $3,045. She also reported $512.23 in in-kind donations.

For individual donations, Goodfox received $500 from Heather Wilson Little, $400 from Ammons, $300 from Stanlee Ann Mattingly, $300 from Joseph and Ann Abbott, $200 from former Congressman James Norris, $100 from Standing Bear, $100 from John Henry Mashunkashey, $100 from Mason, and $100 from designer Chad Renfro.

Brandy Lemon had $2,000 in self-donations reported and $1,985 from individual donations for a total of $3,985 and $1,322 in in-kind donations.

She received $300 donations each from Abbott and Heath, $200 from Jan Tallchief and Jim Trumbly, as well as from both Mark Bowman and Judy Johnson. Lemon also received $100 each from Mason, Nicole (Tallchief) Pratt, Stacy Miles, Congresswoman Pam Shaw, Amy Oldfield, Standing Bear, and Tim Tall Chief.

Paula Stabler, who finished seventh and will serve the remainder of Walker’s term, reported $1,774.25 in self-donations and $1,445 from individuals. Donations for Stabler include: $300 each from Mary “Liz” Ricketts and Heath, $320 from a fundraising raffle drawing, $250 from Helen Norris, and $100 each from Standing Bear and Stephanie Erwin.

Otto Hamilton reported $320 in self-donations, $1,600 in individual donations, and $725 in business donations totaling $2,645, as well as $500 in in-kind donations. He received donations including $500 from Abbott, $300 from Roscoe Mays, $250 from Ryan Mays and $150 from Standing Bear.

For business donations, Hamilton received $150 and $300 from Osage Trading Post, $200 from Shield Law Group and $75 from MCB Plumbing.

Scott BigHorse reported $1,000 in self-donations and one $600 individual donation from Norris Brown.

A second round of campaign reporting statements from all General Election candidates is due by June 13. The campaign reporting statements, once certified by the Wahzhazhe Elections Board, are available on the Nation’s website at https://www.osagenation-nsn.gov/services/elections

Author

  • Benny Polacca

    Title: Senior Reporter

    Email: bpolacca@osagenation-nsn.gov

    Instagram: @bpolacca

    Topic Expertise: Government, Tribal Government, Community

    Languages spoken: English, basic knowledge of Spanish and French

    Benny Polacca (Hopi/ Havasupai/ Pima/ Tohono O’odham) started working at the Osage News in 2009 as a reporter in Pawhuska, Okla., where he’s covered various stories and events that impact the Osage Nation and Osage people. Those newspaper contributions cover a broad spectrum of topics and issues from tribal government matters to features. As a result, Polacca has gained an immeasurable amount of experience in covering Native American affairs, government issues and features so the Osage readership can be better informed about the tribal current affairs the newspaper covers.

    Polacca is part of the Osage News team that was awarded the Native American Journalists Association's Elias Boudinet Free Press Award in 2014 and has won numerous NAJA media awards, as well as awards from the Oklahoma Press Association and SPJ Oklahoma Pro Chapter, for storytelling coverage and photography.

    Polacca earned his bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and also participated in the former American Indian Journalism Institute at the University of South Dakota where he was introduced to the basics of journalism and worked with seasoned journalists there and later at The Forum daily newspaper covering the Fargo, N.D. area where he worked as the weeknight reporter.

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Benny Polaccahttps://osagenews.org

Title: Senior Reporter

Email: bpolacca@osagenation-nsn.gov

Instagram: @bpolacca

Topic Expertise: Government, Tribal Government, Community

Languages spoken: English, basic knowledge of Spanish and French

Benny Polacca (Hopi/ Havasupai/ Pima/ Tohono O’odham) started working at the Osage News in 2009 as a reporter in Pawhuska, Okla., where he’s covered various stories and events that impact the Osage Nation and Osage people. Those newspaper contributions cover a broad spectrum of topics and issues from tribal government matters to features. As a result, Polacca has gained an immeasurable amount of experience in covering Native American affairs, government issues and features so the Osage readership can be better informed about the tribal current affairs the newspaper covers.

Polacca is part of the Osage News team that was awarded the Native American Journalists Association's Elias Boudinet Free Press Award in 2014 and has won numerous NAJA media awards, as well as awards from the Oklahoma Press Association and SPJ Oklahoma Pro Chapter, for storytelling coverage and photography.

Polacca earned his bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and also participated in the former American Indian Journalism Institute at the University of South Dakota where he was introduced to the basics of journalism and worked with seasoned journalists there and later at The Forum daily newspaper covering the Fargo, N.D. area where he worked as the weeknight reporter.

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