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For over four years Oklahoma utility commissioner Robert Anthony let the FBI secretly bug his Oklahoma City office so they could record, on audiotape, how some Oklahoma utility companies were bribing commissioners like Anthony.

But just how was Anthony to document on audiotape the exact amount of money involved in the transaction? (The FBI had told Anthony he had to 'show' the money amount very clearly on the tape.) Here' s an excerpt of how Anthony did it:

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(First voice is Bob Anthony; second voice is William Anderson who represented all the big utilities in Oklahoma including Southwestern Bell, Oklahoma Natural Gas and Arkla Gas Company.)

Bob Anthony: Yeah, now I'm still enough of a business man, I wanna make sure we got kinda of a uh, I always kinda count things and, and so forth.

Willilam Anderson: There's 25 names and 50 one hundred dollar bills there.

BA: Okay. You said 20.

WA: 25

BA: 25 names and 50 hundred dollar bills.

WA: Yeah.

BA: Three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50.

WA: I wish there was one more and I'd grab it. And uh, whatever, now Dick Moore will be in here Friday, Dick the only one who knows...Dick and the president of his company and then Monday morning...the balance of what we need after Dave comes in with two thousand...I'll put...ten thousand,...I'll have it.

BA: Okay. So Dave said he could come through.

WA: And then I'll see whatever they've got and I'll have the rest and make the 10,000 by Monday.

BA: Well, you know, we, we both know there's that Oklahoma statute.

WA: Yeah.

BA: On Title 17.

BA: Well, I'm just sorry that those us statutes are so,...so interfering.

WA: Yeah...it's making...the law makes hypocrites out of all of us...that damn statute does. It does. Hell, it's impossible to...run a Corporation Commission campaign within the strict legal limits of that damn statute.

BA: The law makes hypocrites out of all of us...I understand.

WA: Well it does, it, it,...

BA: Well, you know, being in public office is a, is very expensive, not, not only campaigning but everything everybody, I just had a...

WA: Hell, I know, I was out here, I, I'd still like to be in public service...

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