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THE DAILY OKLAHOMAN Tuesday, November 26, 1996 13 Term Limits Group Violated Law in State, U.S. Agency Charg By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau WASHINGTON The Federal Election Commission, after spending two years investigating, found reason to believe that a national term limits organization violated election laws in 1994 with its radio ads and news releases in Oklahoma and Kentucky congressional races. However, the commission voted to take no action against U.S. Term Limits, according to the case file made public late last week. The commission's attorney told the panel that proving the allegations would require a far more extensive probe; he recommended instead that the commission admonish U.S. Term Limits. The case was opened after the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee complained in 1994 that U.S. Term Limits violated election laws with its ads and news releases in Oklahoma's 6th District race between Frank Lucas Commission Vote Releases Back Earnings By Judy Kuhlman Staff Writer An Oklahoma County employee will have more than 8,000 reasons to be thankful this week. Commissioners Stuart Earnest and F.G. "Buck" Buchanan voted to release $8,848.26 in back pay to Earnest's administrative assistant, Blair Schoeb. Commissioner Shirley Darren did not attend the Monday meeting. She was at a meeting of the National Association of County Officers in Dallas and was unable to return to Oklahoma City because of bad weather. Schoeb, who was fired by Buchanan on Aug. 8 and hired the same day by Earnest, said he was surprised by the commissioners' quick action to pay him. "This all has been so ridiculous," Schoeb said. Meanwhile a district court hearing is set for 1:30 p.m. today in District Judge James Blevins courtroom on Schoeb's petition to force commissioners to pay his attorney fees and for work he performed in September and October. Schoeb said he would have to consult with his attorney, Bill Price, before deciding whether to pursue the legal fees he incurred trying to get commissioners to pay him. Schoeb was a key witness in a grand jury indictment against Buchanan and his son, Richard. He has testified in preliminary hearings , in the case and. in the grand jury probe and indictment of Dar-rell that was later dropped. The indictment against the Buchanans charges them with obtaining illegal county government contracts. All but a perjury charge against the commissioner also have been dropped. A trial on Richard Buchanan's indictment is still pending. Schoeb was granted immunity from prosecution in return for his testimony. Darrell blamed Schoeb for the taxpayers having to pay more than $100,000 in legal fees to Buchanan and Darrell for failed ousters brought by the same grand and Darrell blocked Schoeb's pay for two months. They said they did not believe they could approve his pay because he did not file a new loyalty oath after he was fired. The dispute continued despite two opinions from Stephens County District Attorney Gene Christian, who advised them to pay Schoeb, and the filing of a new oath by Schoeb. Christian was appointed to advise commissioners after Oklahoma County District Attorney Robert Macy asked that he and his staff be excused from advising commissioners. Darrell and Buchanan said Christian's opinions were not clear to them. Commissioners then asked state Attorney General Drew Edmondson to appoint new counsel for them. Tulsa County Assistant District Attorney Gordon Edwards, who was appointed to replace Christian, said his advice to commissioners Monday did not differ from Christian's. Edwards said he could not discuss what happened in -a closed-door session that preceded the vote. But he said he thought the law stated by Christian in his opinion was "pretty clear." Both said the board of commissioners cannot legally dony pay or the filing of a loyalty oath by an employee. and Dan Webber. The Democratic committee said U.S. Term Limits, a nonprofit corporation, was advocating one candidate over the other and spending money in behalf of Lucas, the Republican who ultimately won the race. To do so, the group charged, U.S. Term Limits should have formed a political committee and disclosed its expenditures. The Federal Election Commission's investigation included an ex amination- of U.S. Term Limits ads in two other 1994 Oklahoma races Democratic primaries between Virgil Cooper and the late Rep. Mike Synar in the 2nd District and between Tul-ly McCoy and David Perryman in the 4th District. A Kentucky House race was also examined. In the 6th District race, the radio ad included these remarks: "Only one candidate for Congress in the 6th District is for term limits for career poli ticians. Frank Lucas sides with the majority of us. Lucas supports term limits and a true citizen legislature. "The other candidate, Dan Webber, sides with the career politicians and opposes term limits. Lucas for term limits. Webber opposed to term limits. Help convince both candidates to support term limits." The ads were similar in the other races. The commission found that a news release in the Lucas- Webber race, in which the term limits group said voters had a "clear choice," also appeared to be pushing one candidate over the other. Since U.S. Term Limits was spending money to help one candidate over the other, the FEC's general counsel said, it should have filed reports with the commission detailing the expenditures. The FEC's investigation found that nearly $17,000 was spent on the Synar-Cooper ad. In - addition, the FEC attorney said in his report, the group should have included disclaimers indicating whether the ads were authorized by the candidates. Jonathan Ferry, a spokesman for U.S. Term Limits, said Monday that his understanding of the FEC's inaction was that "they didn't have much to go on." "Our basic take" on this is we were exercising our 1st Amendment rights to discuss term limits ... and to Vinita Hospital Begins Santa Drive The annual Project Santa for patients at Eastern State Hospital in Vinita has been launched. The project provides a Christmas package to each hospital patient, as well as entertainment during the holidays. Organizers are hopeful a package can be provided for all 300 patients. 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