State Representative Humphrey Asks Ethics Panel to probe Potential Misuse of Public Funds by Joy Hofmeister’s agency

OKLAHOMA CITY – Rep. Justin Humphrey, R-Lane, sent a letter Monday requesting that the Oklahoma Ethics Commission investigate whether state resources were used to further a gubernatorial candidate’s campaign during the 2022 election cycle.

Humphrey pointed to an investigation by the Washington Examiner which found that the Oklahoma State Department of Education‘s website included links to Superintendent Joy Hofmeister‘s social media pages promoting her campaign for governor.

The report, published October 27, also states: “There are numerous instances in which the Oklahoma education department’s Twitter account has both retweeted Hofmeister’s campaign account and tagged her campaign, a review of posts found.”

Oklahoma Ethics Commission Rule 2.4 says, “No person shall use or authorize the use of public funds, property or time to engage in activities designed to influence the results of an election for state office or a state question, except as permitted by law or these Rules.”

In his letter, addressed to Oklahoma Ethics Commission Executive Director Ashley Kemp, Humphrey asked the Commission “to investigate this matter to determine if these violations may have occurred.” He later wrote, “If true, I expect legal action to be taken.”