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Archive for Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Statehouse Live: Pyle, Jenkins trade accusations on wasting taxpayer funds

Dennis Pyle wants Jenkins to pay back $420,000 to the government, money he said she wasted.

July 28, 2010, 11:58 a.m. Updated July 28, 2010, 4:56 p.m.

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— Republican candidates in the 2nd U.S. House District race traded accusations on Wednesday about wasting taxpayers’ money.

Dennis Pyle demanded that U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, pay back $420,000 of taxpayer funds that she spent for what Pyle called “taxpayer-funded junk mail.”

Jenkins’ campaign struck back, accusing Pyle of wasting taxpayer dollars on “junkets” as a state legislator.

This included more than $1,300 spent last summer attending a conference in Overland Park “while the state budget tanked,” said Hogan Miller, a spokesman for the Jenkins campaign.

Pyle, a state senator from Hiawatha, faces Jenkins in the Aug. 3 Republican Party primary. The 2nd district includes much of eastern Kansas, including western Douglas County.

At a news conference, Pyle stood before a banner that included some of the mailings that Jenkins sent by using her franking privilege as a member of Congress.

Some of the glossy, full-color pieces had phrases such as: “Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins, CPA: Fighting wasteful spending and restoring fiscal responsibility,” and “Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins, CPA is working to end deficit spending and looking out for taxpayers.”

Pyle said she should use her campaign war chest to pay back the treasury what was spent on the mailings.

Jenkins has defended her use of franking, saying it is necessary to communicate with people in the district. She has also said she reduced expenses in other areas of her office.

Her campaign said Pyle was irresponsible when it came to fiscal issues because of his taxpayer-funded trips.

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edjayhawk 3 years, 8 months ago

Geez Gomer could you please go back to North Carolina?

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Jayhawk741 3 years, 8 months ago

Let's guess - Pyle tries to expense the cost of his "banner" from either his state campaign account or directly to the state like he expensed his $1,400 trip to JoCo??

He also accepts farm subsidies on an annual basis...that's using taxpayer dollars for himself - at least Lynn is trying to do the job she was elected to do - represent her constituents and keep them informed of what's happening in Washington that will affect them.

This guy doesn't even deserve the voters' consideration.

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Rex Russell 3 years, 8 months ago

Good God, I never thought I'd miss Nancy Boyda. Really. After time spent with Ms. Jenkins, I miss her dear dearly. Jenkins is a vacuous, partisan, do-nothing.

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kansanjayhawk 3 years, 8 months ago

Lynn need to tell us where she stands not just send out mailings telling us to "vote No on Dennis Pyle" I don't think she has given us a good reason not to make a change.

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TrooGrit 3 years, 8 months ago

Mr. Pyle: I've never received one piece of mail from Representative Jenkins that I'd consider "junk mail". Our laws allow our members of Congress to send mail to constituents. Your demand for her to take money from her own personal funds, when she is disseminating valuable information that we, as tax-paying constituents deserve to know. I think this strategy to attack Jenkins will fail. Come up with a better plan, please.

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