August 7, 2014 9:30 pm -

A flyer for an upcoming fundraise for the Garvin County.Oklahoma GOP has sparked a political firestorm after it mentioned the KKK and included a racist image. Governor Mary Fallin’s name headlines the flyer for the local party’s “Bean Feed” fundraiser, which contains an illustration of  a dancing bean in the top corner wearing a sombrero.

The flyer reads that guests can hear “things that you may not know about the NRA, Planned Parenthood, Ku Klux Klan and other organizations.”


The state’s Democratic Party was shocked, according to KFOR.

The Chairman of the Oklahoma Democratic Party, Wallace Collins said, “I thought this can’t be real, but it is. It really is. I think they were trying to energize their base, the Tea Party base, the right wing nuts, whatever you want to call them. In other words, throw some red meat, raise some money.”

But the head of the Garvin County GOP, Allie Burgin, confirmed the flyer is the real deal and said, “I feel like the GOP gets a bad rap.”

Does anyone else feel like this is something from an Andy Borowitz post?

At any rate, Burgin claims the Republican Party wanted to debunk any perceived link between the GOP and the Ku Klux Klan by giving historical background on the racist ogranization.

“That’s part of our party’s mission is to get information out to people,” Burgin said.

The Governor’s office denies any involvement with the event and claims that she never confirmed her attendance.

KFOR notes that in a Facebook post from Tuesday afternoon, the head of the Garvin County GOP wrote, “I have been assured that Governor Fallin will be at the Garvin County GOP bean feed ‘with bells on’ along with her tour bus and entourage of staff.”

The Chariman of the Oklahoma Democratic Party, Wallace Collins said, “Now that they’re caught it’s, ‘Oh no, we didn’t know anything about it. We didn’t have anything to do with it. We weren’t going to be there.’ Caught red-handed.”

The Garvin County GOP said that any mention of the Ku Klux Klan has been removed from the flyer.

Watch courtesy of KFOR:

H/T: My buddy @TomCInmidlife with thanks.


D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

26 responses to Oklahoma GOP Political Fundraiser Flyer Lists ‘KKK’ On The Agenda

  1. Carla Akins August 7th, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Seriously, only in Oklahoma is this acceptable.

    • tiredoftea August 7th, 2014 at 9:41 pm

      Gee, the rest of the Red States have given up and now accept Obama as President?

      • Carla Akins August 7th, 2014 at 10:17 pm

        Haha. But Oklahoma (home of the Greens) are unique.

        • tiredoftea August 7th, 2014 at 10:48 pm

          Fewer teeth and more marriage among sisters and brothers?

          • jasperjava August 7th, 2014 at 11:34 pm

            Don’t forget West Virginia…

          • Dwendt44 August 8th, 2014 at 12:25 am

            Family tree goes straight up and down.

          • Carla Akins August 8th, 2014 at 4:47 am

            As long as they aren’t the same gender – you bet.

  2. Obewon August 7th, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Free hoods and sheets with eyelet cutouts for the kiddies! Head of the Garvin County GOP, Allie Burgin: “I feel like the GOP gets a bad rap.” Just like her Ku Klux Klan and their record low approval Tea Klux Klan wing of the Republiklan party.

  3. Mouse of Evil August 7th, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    “Then lets go FLIP the SENATE.”

    She does realize that flipping the Senate means electing Democrats to replace Inhofe and Coburn, right? Even at the state level, flipping the senate would put the Democrats overwhelmingly in the majority.

  4. craig7120 August 7th, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Just because the gop has invited the kkk to speak at the fundraiser doesn’t mean they’re a racist party, it’s just that they’re taking inclusiveness, seriously

    Imagine the defenders of the gop not knowing their party has a racism problem… they prolly resent having their noses rubbed in it, after a while they’re used to the smell.

  5. Dwendt44 August 8th, 2014 at 12:28 am

    The ‘truth about the KKK’ is code for claiming the KKK was largely a Democrat organization. Bull cookies. It was in part started and lead by southern Democrats (Dixiecrats). Once formed, many chapters were Republican only.
    And, of course, in this day and age, there are no KKK members in the Democrat Party. They all vote Republican or, even better, Tea Party.

    • R.J. Carter August 8th, 2014 at 10:59 am

      “…there are no KKK members in the Democrat Party”

      Oh how long the party held it’s breath waiting for Robert Byrd to die so they could say this.

      • arc99 August 8th, 2014 at 11:14 am

        Sen. Byrd renounced and apologized for his Klan membership many years before he died.

        I think the real point here is that the GOP has to go back 100 years to find a time when any sensible black person should vote for them.

        • R.J. Carter August 8th, 2014 at 11:52 am

          Byrd wasn’t that old.

          • Dwendt44 August 8th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

            The last 17/18 years of his life, he was all for integration and fair treatment of minorities.

          • R.J. Carter August 8th, 2014 at 4:08 pm

            Because he wasn’t just saying that to keep his seat. I for one totally believe him.

          • jasperjava August 9th, 2014 at 4:50 pm

            We’ve seen that being a bigot actually helps you get votes in West Virginia. That’s why it stubbornly remains a Red state, almost completely surrounded by Blue.

            Fair treatment of minorities is not a recommended way to increase your support in West Virginia, let me assure you.

            Robert Byrd enthusiastically endorsed a mixed-race Black man as his party’s nominee for the presidency, in 2008. This is despite the fact that West Virginians voted solidly for his opponent.

      • GunTotingLib August 8th, 2014 at 3:25 pm

        Yes,but he repented and worked for civil rights. Many old southern democrats had to make the choice. Similar to Todays Democrats coming on board with equal rights for gay Americans after years of opposition.

    • GunTotingLib August 8th, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      But,but,but….in 1865 there were a lot of democratic members so nothing has surely changed in the last 150 years there fore it is a democratic party organization… I have this on good knowledge from right wing talk radio.

  6. Budda August 8th, 2014 at 8:15 am

    I wonder what their version of Planned Parenthood is?

    • GunTotingLib August 8th, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      That a woman who died 40 years ago and had a hand in the founding of PP wanted to kill off the black race because she started PP in Harlem to provide women’s health care to poor black women not allowed in white hospitals.

      • Budda August 8th, 2014 at 6:36 pm

        Oh, I don’t think they would be that nice.

  7. R.J. Carter August 8th, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Mary’s last name is pronounced with a long A sound?

  8. arc99 August 8th, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Why is it that the GOP behaves as if the history of the KKK and its origins in the Democratic party of the 19th century, were some secret scroll which only they have access to?

    Yes we all know that in the 19th century, the GOP was the more liberal of the two major parties on issues of race. But anyway, thanks for the reminder that when it comes to civil rights, the best bet will always be the more LIBERAL party, whichever one it happens to be in any specified century.

  9. Bunya August 8th, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    This is interesting. I wonder what I still don’t know about the NRA, Planned Parenthood or the KKK? Are they all secretly members of the knitting club?

  10. SkeeterVT August 10th, 2014 at 5:38 am

    This is the “smoking gun” that should prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Republican Party — at least in Garvin County, Oklahoma (But I’m willing to bet that it’s happening all across the country) — is rapidly degenerating into a right-wing extremist party unfit to govern.

    When former KKK Grand Dragon David Duke ran for Congress as a Republican candidate in a Louisiana special election in 1991, every national GOP figure — from President George H.W. Bush on down — disavowed him.

    A quarter-century later, in 2016, someone of Duke’s ilk could become a serious contender to win the Republican presidential nomination. If that happens, the GOP is doomed.