Jerrad Moore/Broadcast Specialist
Campaign finance, ethics commission created in 2015
OKMULGEE, Okla. — 2017 is an election year at the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, with the candidate filing period from July 17-20. Mvskoke Media will have continuing coverage of the democratic process at MCN throughout the year leading up to the Sept. 16 primary election and beyond.
On May 19, 2015, the National Council passed NCA 15-081, ‘A law of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation creating a new chapter under MCNCA title 37, entitled the campaign finance disclosure act and to establish a public officials ethics commission.’
The purpose of this act was to establish a public officials ethics commission and codify the provisions of the campaign finance disclosure act.
This commission consists of three members, one appointed by the principal chief, one appointed by the Council speaker and the final member who is selected by the previous appointees. These appointees are mandated in the legislation to be selected within 30 days of the enactment of the law, with the Principal Chiefs appointee serving a two year term, the Speakers appointee a four year term, and the third appointee a six year term.
After these initial terms end, all successive terms become six year terms.
The Public Officials Ethics Commission is responsible for production, distribution, collection and preservation of the campaign contributions and expenditure reports required by MCN law to be filed by candidates. Physical copies of these reports are to be held by the POEC for six years, after which they are required to be archived digitally.
These reports are required to be kept for public review, and physical copies provided for a fee. A list of candidates that are delinquent in filing these reports to the commission is required to be posted for public view at the office of the Secretary of the Nation and Commerce.
The full language of NCA 15-081 can be found at: www.creeksupremecourt.com.
Since the passing of this legislation, elections have taken place for both the Council and principal chief and consequently, there should be reports on record for these elections made available for public viewing.
Mvskoke Media contacted both Council Speaker Lucian Tiger and the Office of the Principal Chief for information on who the members of this commission are and where citizens can view or purchase copies of these reports. Mvskoke Media has not received a response as of press time.