The president of the Oklahoma City Chapter of the NAACP on
Wednesday filed a verified complaint against Gov. Frank Keating with
the State Ethics Commission.
Unlike an unverified complaint, as Roosevelt Milton filed in
February, a verified complaint requires only a majority vote of the
five-member commission to launch an investigation. The panel must be
unanimous in choosing to investigate an unverified complaint.
Milton was joined at a State Capitol news conference by Gordon
Melson, former executive director of the Oklahoma Democratic Party.
Melson, a former judge, is acting as Milton's legal adviser.
The complaint alleges that, by accepting $250,000 from New York
financier Jack Dreyfus, then asking other government officials for
favorable consideration of Dilantin, an anti-seizure drug touted by
Dreyfus for behavioral modification, Keating improperly engaged in
lobbying and violated his oath of office. State officials are
prohibited from accepting anything of value for the performance of
nonperformance of their duties. Milton also told the commission that
Keating's handling of the money violated federal and state gift and
tax laws, which require separate accounting of monetary gifts, and
ethics regulations which require that such gifts be reported unless
they are from family members.
"We do feel like there is a legitimate basis for this complaint,"
"We simply want to know what the parameters are," said Milton.
The NAACP would like it clarified whether it is legal for private
individuals to give officials large amounts of money like this, he
"I want to say emphatically that this is a nonpartisan effort,"
No one in the NAACP or Democratic Party knew anything of the
monetary gifts until Keating was left off of the list of possible
candidates to fill Bush administration positions, and the checks
were revealed from within the administration itself, he said.
"We come to you on behalf of integrity and ethics in government,"
Keating has said that the $250,000 was given to him by Dreyfus to
help pay for the Keating children's education.
Attachments to the complaint also reference letters Keating wrote
to President Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton and the other 49
governors seeking wider use of Dilantin, and use by Keating and
family members of "plush accommodations," some owned by Dreyfus, in
New York and Lake Tahoe. These events came to light in documents
turned over to Melson by Keating's office under a freedom of
information request. Earlier it was disclosed that meetings were set
up with Department of Corrections officials seeking their support in
expanding the use of Dilantin to include behavior modification and
Milton is asking the commission to seek the background
questionnaire that Keating provided to the George W. …