Five Things Joy Hofmeister Did Which Were Illegal And/Or Unethical According To The Affidavit Of Probable Cause In The Joy Hofmeister Dark Money Independent Expenditure Case Filed In 2016
For this piece, I’ll use numerous excerpts from the 2016 Affidavit of Probable Cause presented to Oklahoma County DA David Prater’s office following the arrest of Chad Alexander whose two cell phones were searched via warrant and incriminating text message evidence collected.
Without going into great detail, between April 2013 and November 2014, Hofmeister, Stephanie Milligan (now Alexander), Steven Crawford (former CCOSA President), Lela Odom (then with the OEA), and Fount Holland (political campaign strategist now of CAMP) apparently coordinated together on Independent Expenditures through a dark money group run by Alexander called “Oklahomans For Public School Excellence” to get Joy Hofmeister elected Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
CCOSA and OEA donated 100,000 each and American Fidelity Bank (characterized in the Affidavit as a 100% supporter of OEA) also donated $100,000 to Oklahomans for Public School Excellence in $50k amounts through both CCOSA and OEA. They – and others – worked with Hofmeister to coordinate the messaging paid for through this account to manipulate Oklahoma voters into voting for Joy Hofmeister as state Superintendent.
No fans of Janet Barresi’s term as Superintendent, ROPE was behind Hofmeister’s initial bid for the position after she had assured us that she would not support Common Core. Of course, this all changed during the fight for new, non-Common Core, state standards where we were kicked to the curb by Hofmeister and her public ed allies so they could usher in shiny new “non-Common Core” Common Core standards, leaving us once again to fight our State Superintendent.
Now, let’s read some of Mrs. Hofmeister’s text messages from the Affidavit knowing this background…
Let’s start here:
1. JOY CHANGES CONTRIBUTIONS ON ETHICS FILINGS TO AVOID SCRUTINY
2. JOY’S CAMPAIGN CONSPIRED TO THWART IRS RULES
I have begun studying dark money this election season. I KNOW there is an IRS rule that says 501c4 Social Welfare organizations must not make politics their main activity. The organizations I have researched have done this as COMMON PRACTICE, however, which is why – in my opinion – the 501c4 should be removed as an IRS non-profit designation. It’s quite an easy way for cheaters to cheat the system.
3. JOY ALLOWS HER TEAM TO MISLEAD THE PUBLIC REGARDING OEA’S SUPPORT OF HER CANDIDACY WHILE FOUNT HOLLAND ADMITS THE CAMPAIGN WILL USE DISENGENUOUS “RIGHT WING RHETORIC”
4. JOY COORDINATES WITH FOUNT HOLLAND REGARDING SUPPORT OF OEA IN THE INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURE
5. JOY TELLS INVESTIGATORS SHE HAS “NO SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE” OF AN INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURE GROUP
The character of the person described here is indelibly marred. According to the quoted affidavit, Mrs. Hofmeister plays fast and loose with the truth and cares little about following the campaign laws of this state, so how in the world could we expect her to care about following any of its other laws? It’s simple: we can’t.
VOTE NO for Joy Hofmeister.