Fact Check - Drew Edmondson for Governor Fact Check - Drew Edmondson for Governor
Fiction: Drew wants to raise the income tax

Fact: Drew does NOT support raising any income taxes.

Drew is opposed to raising any taxes on working Oklahoma families. To fund public education, Drew has a common-sense, honest plan that’s supported by Republicans, Democrats and Independents:

  • Restore the gross production tax to its previous rate of 7 percent
  • Eliminate the capital gains exemption for millionaires
  • Raise the price of a pack of cigarettes by .50, which will provide a boost to our budget and keep kids from smoking.

Here’s what Jerry Johnson, former vice chair of the Oklahoma Tax Commission, had to say about this misleading ad:

“I served for 17 years as Vice-Chairman of the Oklahoma Tax Commission under Governors of both parties. The attack ad against Drew Edmondson alleging his plan increases income tax rates is just plain false. I looked at Drew’s tax proposal carefully — and he has NO increase in income tax rates. His tax plan restores the Gross Production Tax to 7% on horizontally drilled wells, it repeals a capital gains tax loophole that mainly benefits taxpayers making over $1 million per year, and increases the tobacco tax by 50 cents a pack.

When you contrast Drew’s plan with Kevin Stitt’s plan to allow local jurisdictions to raise additional property taxes it appears that Drew has the only reasonable option to help Oklahoma recover from the budget hole we have found ourselves in too often during the last four years.”

Jerry Johnson formerly served as director for the Oklahoma Senate fiscal staff. He was also appointed vice chair of the Oklahoma Tax Commission, where he served for 17 years, by former Gov. Frank Keating.”

Fiction: Drew is anti-gun

Fact: Drew is a strong supporter of the second amendment. He served his country in the U.S. Navy in Vietnam and was a prosecutor and Oklahoma’s Attorney General. Drew owns and uses guns, and he has a concealed carry permit.

Legendary lawman Harvey Pratt: “Drew Edmondson is a Vietnam Veteran and a member of the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Hall of Fame. He is a strong second amendment supporter. To claim otherwise is just plain false.”

Former Muskogee Police Chief Gary Sturm: “I’ve known Drew for more than 40 years. Not only is he a Second Amendment supporter, but I have personally served search warrants and worked crime scenes with him. When we went in a door, I always knew he had my back.”

Fiction: Drew made money from the Tobacco settlement.

Fact: The ad on the airwaves is false. Drew didn’t make a penny on the Tobacco settlement — not while Attorney General and not since being Attorney General. In fact, no money from the settlement went to Drew or any law firm. The settlement required all legal fees be paid directly and at the discretion of an independent judge, not out of the settlement funds. Drew had no ability to steer funds whatsoever.

Drew has been applauded for his work on the historic settlement, bringing over $2 billion to Oklahoma and helping save thousands of lives.

“Drew took on Big Tobacco, won billions for Oklahoma, and didn’t make a penny on it.”  -Dr. Robert McCaffree, Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center