Drew Edmondson Says He Plans To Keep $1,000 Contribution From Gene Stipe

Thursday, November 2nd 2006, 9:01 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Attorney General Drew Edmondson says he won't return a one-thousand dollar campaign contribution from former state Senator and convicted felon Gene Stipe.

Stipe is on probation for federal convictions related to illegal campaign contributions.

Edmondson says his office isn't investigating Stipe and he intends to keep the contribution unless or until Stipe is investigated by the attorney general's office.

Edmondson says he did return money donated by Vyrl Keeter when Keeter was under investigation. Keeter later pleaded guilty to lying to a state grand jury.

Republican attorney general candidate James Dunn says it's ``offensive'' Edmondson is taking money from ``convicted, corrupt politicians.''

Edmondson criticizes Dunn for taking 32-thousand dollars from donors connected to Arkansas poultry companies Edmondson is suing over pollution in the Illinois River.

Dunn says there's no conflict of interest in taking those donations because he'll dismiss the lawsuit if elected.