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9:25 am
Mon June 29, 2009

Edmonson in Cash Lead

Tulsa, OK – Edmondson leads in contributions

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma Ethics Commission filings show more than half the early contributions to Attorney General Drew Edmondson's gubernatorial campaign have been from private-practice lawyers and law firms.

Edmondson had received $357,000 from those sources through March 31, the end of the most recent filing period. About $45,000 came from lawyers and employees associated with Ada-based Prepaid Legal Services and about $34,000 was from attorneys and employees of the firm Riggs, Abney, Turpen, Orbison & Lewis.

Edmondson, who opened a campaign account in 2007, has brought in nearly three times as much contributions as the other three announced candidates combined. They didn't open campaign accounts until this year.

Filings show Lt. Gov. Jari Askins and U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin have raised more than $100,000 each, while state Sen. Randy Brogdon has brought in more than $22,000.

The next filing deadline is July 31.

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com