The OKAgFund board met Thursday, June 28, to give an additional $41,250 in financial support to political candidates running in statewide, state Senate and state House races ahead of the August 28 runoff primary election. The OKAgFund is the political action committee of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau.
The OKAgFund board, a grassroots committee of OKFB members from around the state, increased financial support for 15 candidates, gave first-time financial support to 18 candidates and gave one new OKAgFund endorsement, building upon the financial support and endorsements awarded in May.
The OKAgFund will meet in August to discuss contributions and endorsements for the general election.
“We saw a tremendous turnout of urban voters in Oklahoma’s June 26 primary election, which highlights the importance of the decisions we make on the OKAgFund board,” said Coy Farmer, OKAgFund chairman. “Rural Oklahoma is an important part of our state’s economy and heritage, and we are proud to give our support to political candidates who will help ensure rural Oklahoma and agriculture thrive.”
In the June 26 primary races, the OKAgFund was more than 90% successful in backing candidates winning their primary election or making it to the next round of voting.
The board endorsed corporation commissioner candidate Bob Anthony, who joins 19 previously-endorsed candidates approved by voters in the June 26 primary.
The OKAgFund identifies candidates who demonstrate beliefs and actions that are consistent with OKFB’s policies, regardless of political affiliation. While the OKAgFund contributes financially to several state campaigns, an endorsement is the highest level of support the committee gives to chosen candidates.
The OKAgFund is supported by voluntary contributions from OKFB members across the state as an optional portion of their membership dues.