- Associated Press - Monday, July 20, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A report filed this month shows that Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin spent more than $1 million on events for her second inauguration earlier this year.

The committee behind Fallin’s inauguration reported July 10 that it raised almost $900,000 from donations and nearly $120,000 from event sales. It also used more than $89,000 left over from Fallin’s first inauguration to help cover expenses.

Oklahoma Ethics Commission rules give committees formed for special events up to six months to report contributions and expenditures, The Oklahoman (https://bit.ly/1TMlprr ) reported.

Fallin spokesman Alex Weintz said her backers worked hard to make the January inauguration a celebration of Oklahoma history and culture.

“We were able to make it a memorable and fun series of events, thanks to a lot of generous supporters,” Weintz said.

The report shows that much of the money went to the Maryland production company Showcall Inc. that put on the events. The firm was paid more than $501,000.

Hanson performed their pop rock hit “MMMBop” at the inaugural ball, which had buffet tables featuring shrimp, chicken, beef, fried okra and fried tomatoes, among other food. They were paid $17,030, the most of any of the entertainers, according to the report.

Around $179,300 was paid to the Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel. More than $70,000 was spent at an Oklahoma City company on printing.

Fallin also spent more than $1 million on her initial inauguration and her transition into office.

Former Gov. Brad Henry spent almost $800,000 on his first inauguration and around $800,000 again on his second inauguration.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, https://www.newsok.com


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