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Sebelius restates amount of donations from Tiller

April 14, 2009

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— President Barack Obama’s health secretary nominee got nearly three times as much political money from a controversial abortion doctor as she told senators.

The Health and Human Services Department said Monday that the omission was an oversight that Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius would correct.

In a response to questions from the Senate Finance Committee made public last week, Sebelius wrote that she received $12,450 between 1994-2001 from Dr. George Tiller, one of the nation’s few late-term abortion providers.

But in addition to those campaign donations, records reviewed by The Associated Press show that Tiller gave at least $23,000 more from 2000-2002 to a political action committee Sebelius established while insurance commissioner to raise money for fellow Democrats.

Sebelius did not tell senators about that additional money, although Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., asked specifically about any Tiller donations to her PAC.

“There was an oversight in the initial answer provided to the committee,” HHS spokesman Nick Papas said Monday. “Obviously donations to the PAC are a matter of public record. The governor is updating the answer to this question and will resubmit it to the committee.”

It was the second time in her confirmation process that Sebelius had to explain a financial oversight to the Finance Committee. Earlier, she corrected three years’ worth of tax returns and paid more than $7,000 in back taxes to fix improper deductions.

Anti-abortion groups have sought to make an issue of Sebelius’ pro-abortion stances and her ties to Tiller, who was acquitted last month of misdemeanor charges stemming from procedures he performed but is now under investigation by the state medical board.

Opponents have criticized Republicans on the Finance Committee for not asking Sebelius about Tiller or abortion when she appeared for her confirmation hearing April 2. Senators raised the issue only in written questions submitted to Sebelius after her hearing, which were released last Thursday along with her responses.

The Finance Committee was expected to vote this month on forwarding Sebelius’ nomination to the full Senate. There was no immediate indication from committee Republicans that her omission on the Tiller contributions would upset that timing.

The anti-abortion group Operation Rescue, which is opposing Sebelius’ nomination, circulated the campaign finance documents showing the discrepancy in what Sebelius told senators. The records were reviewed Monday by the AP and their accuracy was verified by the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission.

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Ray Parker 5 years ago

Why should anyone believe anything in her revised statements to the Senate Finance Committee? Why should anyone believe anything she says?

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Godot 5 years ago

Sebelius shames Kansas.

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bearded_gnome 5 years ago

no, everybody doesn't cheat/lie/fail at taxes: Rush Limbaugh doesnt; GWB doesnt, because if he did there'd be uproar on the left loonie side; you all believe Dick Cheney is the heart of evil, and he doesn't; and Hannity doesn't.

“There was an oversight in the initial answer provided to the committee,” HHS spokesman Nick Papas said Monday. “Obviously donations to the PAC are a matter of public record. The governor is updating the answer to this question and will resubmit it to the committee.”

It was the second time in her confirmation process that Sebelius had to explain a financial oversight to the Finance Committee. Earlier, she corrected three years’ worth of tax returns and paid more than $7,000 in back taxes to fix improper deductions.

but the demorat governor of kansas does, and her 'judge' hubby. what does that really say about them?

now, Tiller's blood money is found to be floating her. no surprise to us.

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oldcat 5 years ago

Centerville, checked on the Kansas Meadowlark link. Nowhere do I see any reference to $1.85 million directed to her. Next, noted by reading the about page on site that Earl F. Glynn is an unemployed Republican precinct, district and state committeeman. Would it not be possible that he has an agenda? Along with a loose association with verifiable facts?

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TacoBob 5 years ago

Recycled blood money.

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Centerville 5 years ago

I found it odd, too, that she already has a tax-paid apologist shilling for her. He has his job cut out for him: a nominee who tried to hide a million in donations from an abortionist. Wonder what's the going rate for a partial these days?

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brandx 5 years ago

Was this something her former aide, now Douglas County Commissioner Gaughan, should have been aware of? Or did they just think it wouldn't matter? What issues was the aide aiding her on?

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madmike 5 years ago

A great leader for the state of Kansas? Are you serious? And as for Kansas Voter, sounds like money laundering operation more than a PAC to me!

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Confrontation 5 years ago

Tiller should be thanked for helping to support a great leader for the state of Kansas. At least she wasn't using the money to finance personal "escorts" like most Republicans.

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Tom Shewmon 5 years ago

Centerville, I linked up to that through The Salina Journal a few years ago to Meadowlark and the handing of money back and forth between the Sedgewick county judge, DA, Tiller, Sebelius, ProKanDo and the entire cabal of these arrogant ne'r-do-wells was stunning, hence my coining the name "The Tiller Donation Club" of which Kathleen Sebelius is the Chair.

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Centerville 5 years ago

If you'll check out Kansas Meadowlark, you'll see that Tiller has provided her with $1.85 million.

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tjhoops69 5 years ago

oh sure...its just a "mistake" and it just so happens to come from Tiller, who ironically was found NOt guilty, and it so happens to be the 2nd time shes not been forthright about finances. Now I wonder what would happen if that were me who did that, would I still get the job I was trying for. Oh yeah, and what would the respose been had it been a republican who did that?? Oh I know, I know.....:dirty, rotten, lying, conservatists, always trying to raise taxes somewhere or bring on a law suit! Oh but since shes a dem, then she gets a free pass to be dishonest, and is even rewarded with a cabinet position for it!

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Tom Shewmon 5 years ago

Is this any surpise? And Brian Williams of NBC, fomer Obama campaign headquarters, will give it a 10 second blurb tonight.

"Change"? Yeah, uh-huh, got it.

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Godot 5 years ago

If the AP had not caught this, Sebelius never would have come clean. If there is nothing wrong with her relationship with Tiller, why does she feel the need to lie about it? Lying to Congress lands people in jail. Sebelius should not get a pass on this.

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KansasVoter 5 years ago

Big deal. So he gave money to her PAC. It wasn't directly to her and she didn't use the money for her campaigns. And about her tax mistake, haven't any of you people seen that H&R Block commercial that says that 9/10 people do their taxes wrong? EVERYBODY makes tax mistakes.

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Flap Doodle 5 years ago

She'll fit in well with the rest of Barry's miscreant cabinet.

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RoeDapple 5 years ago

Looks like an "oversight" committee might be in order....

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situveux1 5 years ago

I'd still give good odds. Look at who's apologizing for her, the HHS Dept. itself. Since when does the dept. speak for someone who isn't even confirmed yet?

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Marion Lynn 5 years ago

And Kansas is again looking just as stupid as you could possibly think, right up on Fox News!

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/04/13/hhs-nominee-gov-kathleen-sebelius-lowballed-abortion-doctors-donations/

I wouldn't give good odds for approval now.

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oldvet 5 years ago

She doesn't pay her taxes... she lies about contributions received... just a typical liberal Democrat... she will fit in perfectly with the little nitwit's crowd...

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danemary 5 years ago

What cost is a baby's life Ms Sad-be-lies?

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KEITHMILES05 5 years ago

Kathy just keeps making mistakes and mistakes and more mistakes. She is a very sad example to be in leadership in this country, let alone the state of Kansas.

Kathy. You are an embarssment to the state.

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