Oklahoma State Senate|
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: January
Senator Jeff Rabon
Senator Rabon Authors Legislation to Ensure Fair Play in the Election
Rabon has requested a bill that will provide more incentive
for candidates to run a fair and honest campaign. The Democrat from
Hugo has authored legislation that will make it a misdemeanor for
a candidate to knowingly release untruthful information about an
opponent during an election cycle.
"Unfortunately many people looking to get involved in the campaign
process believe that the end will justify the means and run untruthful,
negative ads about their opponent," stated Senator Rabon. "I
have witnessed far too many times the denigration of this process
and it is time that we make candidates accountable for what they
say during a campaign. When the system is reduced to lies, it does
democracy and the public a huge disservice."
The bill states that if any person intentionally and knowingly participates
in the preparation, dissemination, or broadcast of paid political
advertising, campaign material, or a letter to a newspaper editor
that is false the individual will be charged with a misdemeanor
crime. If convicted of the crime, the individual will be charged
a fine of $5,000 or imprisonment in the county jail for up to one
year, or both.
Rabon has introduced similar legislation in the past but opponents
argued that if the bill became law, then it could serve as a "chilling
effect" to the campaign process.
"I don't know of another profession that does not require a
set of guidelines for their members to follow. There should be more
protections to the process of running for a public office and I
believe this bill will accomplish that goal," stated Rabon.
more information contact:
Senate Communications Office - (405) 521-5774