Memo details Kline’s strategy to raise church support
Sherriene Jones, a spokeswoman for the Kline campaign, confirmed the memo was written by Kline
Topeka ? A four-page memo written by Atty. Gen. Phill Kline on “church efforts” details his strategy of raising campaign funds from religious groups.
“Get the pastor to invite 5 money people’ whom he knows can help,” Kline tells his campaign staff in the memo.
“As much as possible get the pastor’s commitment to attend and to get these 5 people there,” he said.
The Aug. 8 memo was mailed to news media anonymously with a return address of “Concerned Citizens, Everywhere, KS.” The envelope was postmarked in Topeka. The mailing received today by the Lawrence Journal-World also included “event sheets” that provide details of Kline’s visits to churches and later receptions on the campaign trail.
Kline, a Republican, faces Democrat Paul Morrison in the Nov. 7 election.
Sherriene Jones, a spokeswoman for the Kline campaign, confirmed the memo was written by Kline.
“There isn’t anything wrong with a candidate turning to his supporters,” Jones said. “There isn’t anything wrong or illegal with the attorney general thinking about his election campaign.”
She said none of the fund-raising occurred during actual church services, but at later receptions.
Jones said the memo detailed a campaign strategy that is common with other candidates, but added that the memo was not meant for public consumption.
Mark Simpson, a spokesman for Morrison’s campaign, said he had no knowledge of the mailing nor its contents.
In the memo, Kline also provides detailed instructions to his staff on how to maximize his schedule and efforts to get more campaign funds.
After he has spoken at an event, Kline says, “Get me out. Do not schedule me for social lunches. Only working lunches were (sic) we can obtain either media, money or crucial support.
“Work with Bob to try not to leave gaps in the schedule. If there is a gap, get me to a quite (sic) place so I can make phone calls or write; feed me slimfast. Do not need a sit down meal. Takes too much time.”
Kline also talks about specific pastors, and abortion, which he opposes..
“Must rework Joe Wright and Terry Fox,” Kline wrote, referring to two Wichita ministers who led the charge to pass a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
“Must get in their pulpits and have them personally host a reception to match Tiller’s blood money,” Kline writes, referring to Dr. George Tiller, who owns a clinic that provides late-term abortions.
“Perhaps we can get Dobson by phone. Joe, Terry and Pat must commit to get 5-10 people there who can drop $1,000 to $2,000. This will take a lot of work, contact, work, and contact. This should be early to mid-September. Get me in their pulpits,” Kline wrote.