“Keeping people in the dark is not democrat or republican. It’s just bad government,” Oklahoma democrats asking for more transparency

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Governor Mary Fallin has been under much scrutiny in recent weeks, and now the Oklahoma Democratic Party is filing formal complaints against her office.

They've also proposed some amendments to the ethics rules involving elected officials.

The democratic party said they think there is not enough transparency coming from the governor's office.

They said they're fed up and want answers.

The party chairman, Mark Hammons, said lack of transparency is evident after Fallin's trip to Paris during the June 2015 floods.

"Who spent the money to send her and her husband to Europe during the period when the flooding was going on in Oklahoma and she stayed in Paris instead of coming back to be the governor?" Hammons said.

Floods washed out roads and caused havoc in the Sooner state, while Fallin was in Europe.

According to a press release from June 10th of this year, "Fallin will lead an Oklahoma delegation to the upcoming Paris air show from June 15-20, 2015." It also said "Governor Fallin's travel will be paid for in full by the Oklahoma Business Roundtable, a private organization that supports economic development."

"The governor, rather than coming back and taking care of the citizens who elected her, stayed in Paris," Hammons said.

The democratic party thinks every penny given for that trip should be disclosed in a records request.

"Hotels give you receipts. We know she ate in restaurants; restaurants give you receipts. We know she and her husband flew on a plane; you have to buy tickets to fly on the plane," Hammons said. "None of the information we asked for should've taken more than a couple of days together."

This week, the party filed a complaint and list of amendments they'd like to see the ethics commission put in place.

“Let’s stop letting private individuals give money to elected officials,” Hammons said. “And, when they can give money, let’s make them and the elected official account for it and disclose it.”

They said they want to hold government officials accountable.

"Keeping people in the dark is not democrat or republican. It's just bad government, whichever side it comes from," Hammons said.

The governor’s office responded by saying “the governor has been absolutely up front about her economic development trip and the fact that the Business Roundtable was paying for it.”

The Ethics Commission told us they have not had enough time to review the amendments and would not comment on the situation.

The governor's office told us, in part:

"Without the Business Roundtable, these trips would either not occur (which would result in the state missing out on valuable economic development and job creation opportunities) or would occur at considerably greater expense to taxpayers."

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