The latest campaign finance reports filed with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission indicate Samson Buck has raised substantially more money than his opponent, Sean Oliver, in the state House District 49 race.


The latest campaign finance reports filed with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission indicate Samson Buck has raised substantially more money than his opponent, Sean Oliver, in the state House District 49 race.


Buck and Oliver are competing for the seat formerly held by Terry Hyman, who died in a farming accident in June. District 49 includes portions of Carter, Love and Marshall counties.


Information concerning the campaign funds raised by Republican Pat Ownbey and Democrat John Moore for the District 48 seat, which is entirely in Carter County, were not yet available Wednesday. Commission officials said Wednesday the agency was swamped with financial reports this week and it might be a few days before the records are posted on its Web site, www.gov/oec. Moore and Ownbey are competing to succeed Republican Greg Piatt, who is not seeking re-election.


Buck, a Democrat, raised a total of $54,153.80 between April 1 and Oct. 20, according to records filed with the ethics commission. Most of the contributions ­— $47,453.80 — came during the latest reporting period, Aug. 1 to Oct. 20.


Oliver, the Republican candidate, raised a total of $4,025 between April 1 and Oct. 20, about $50,000 less than Buck. He raised $1,650 during the most recent reporting period, from Aug. 1 to Oct. 20.


Buck had approximately 45 contributors who donated $150 or less. He received two $1,500 contributions from the Oklahoma Education Association Fund and $2,500 from Working Oklahomans Alliance PAC.


Oliver received $1,000 from the Carter County Republican Party and $250 from the Love County Republican Party.


Buck spent $28,395.23 on his campaign. Oliver’s expenses were listed as $2,949.24 during the same period, April 1 to Oct. 20.


Detailed campaign finance reports are available on the Oklahoma Ethics Commission’s Web site, www.gov/oec.


Information on the House District 48 race will appear in The Ardmoreite once the reports are posted online.


Steve Biehn, 221-6546
steve.biehn@ardmoreite.com