Archive for Monday, October 11, 2010

GOP activists from Iowa take aim at Kansas attorney general race

October 11, 2010


— An Iowa-based organization has been sponsoring television ads critical of Democratic Kansas Attorney General Steve Six as he seeks to stay in office.

The 30-second spots on health reform are backed by American Future Fund, a conservative advocacy organization based in Des Moines.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the nonprofit group led by Republicans invested more than $7 million on behalf of GOP candidates in this midterm election cycle.

Published reports indicate American Future Fund was formed Aug. 7, 2007, and participated in the 2008 election cycle by investing in congressional races in several states. The president of the organization is Sandy Greiner, a farmer who served 16 years in the Iowa Legislature.

American Future Fund describes itself as a multistate advocacy group dedicated to promoting “conservative free-market principles to the citizens of America.” In September, politicians considered liberal from a dozen states were targeted by

$4 million in ads by American Future Fund.

Six is running against Derek Schmidt, the GOP attorney general candidate. The third candidate for attorney general is Libertarian Dennis Hawver.

The commercial running in Kansas says Six is a collaborator with President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats responsible for passing legislation expanding health coverage. The ad praises Schmidt for placing interests of Kansans ahead of “partisan politics” on health care.

Jackie McClaskey, spokeswoman for Schmidt, said she wasn’t aware of American Future Fund’s interest in the Kansas attorney general campaign until the ad appeared last week on radio and television. She said the TV ad buy could exceed $300,000.


somebodynew 7 years, 8 months ago

I wish the LJW had run a little more detail of the CJ article. They have a quote from that Greiner guy that basically says it is fun to sit around and "dream up" stuff and put it out there so candidates have to stop what they are doing and respond to it. So much for truth in advertsiing, huh?? (Not that I really believe there is.) And the rest of the crew they mention is just as shady.

Well, I guess if a group in Iowa has to spend $300,000 dollars to "dream up" stuff about Six, he must be doing something right. Strikes me the last two in that office, nobody had to dream up anything.

texburgh 7 years, 8 months ago

Schmidt's health care goals:

  1. Return permission to cap your benefits so one catastrophic illness will bankrupt your family.
  2. Return right to deny coverage due to pre-existing conditions and allowing insurance companies to drop you due to claims.
  3. Drop your uninsured children off your policy at age 23 instead of 26 even if they can't get coverage where they work or are unemployed.
  4. Restore the Medicare donut hole that punishes seniors.

All these pro-consumer reforms are part of the plan Schmidt promises to work to dismantle.

Derek Schmidt puts insurance company profits ahead of working Kansans.

texburgh 7 years, 8 months ago

Excellent rote tea bagger response.

Try this, 1) explain how the above reforms aren't good for consumers, then 2) explain how they are benefits to "government."

I am aware that this is more difficult than writing your tea party sign but please work to persuade me that it is good to cap policies so when my spouse has cancer, I can go bankrupt; how is it good to have my child lose health care because he is 23 and out of work; how is it good to have a baby in neo natal intensive care denied coverage for a pre-existing condition; how will restoration of the "donut hole" help seniors?

I look forward to your persuasive arguments.

Charlie Bannister 7 years, 8 months ago

No reasonable person denies that health care reform was needed. However, Obama Care is a monstrosity in every sense of the word and not only needs to be repealed, but will be. There are many common sense solutions that Republicans proposed for reform that were utterly ignored by the Dems due to their super majority status. Needless to say, none of those common sense solutions made it into Obama Care. One thing that amazes me about this entire process is that this kind of health care delivery system proposed by Dems has not worked anywhere that it has been tried. Massachusetts is practically bankrupt due to Romney Care. Canada and Britain's health systems are complete jokes. Obama care is designed to force people into government health care and away from private insurance, with the result being an eventual transition to single payer. We will have to wait until January 2013 to get this monstrosity repealed, but rest assured, it will be.

Smokie408 7 years, 8 months ago

Kosmo513, you say the Republicans tried to propose reforms to the health care I only saw their unability to come to the table and propose helpfull solutions to make the bill better, they only had one stance and that was NO! NO! NO! Which didn't help at all. I have friends in both Canada and Britain they are very satisfied with their health system. It was needed for the betterment of the USA and will take off the undue burdon of the people that pay into, so that everyone will be taken care of not just the wealthy. It is time for the Republicans to work for the betterment of all people here in the USA and not just a few.

Bob_Keeshan 7 years, 8 months ago

Potentially, but many of those "third parties" are actually Kansas political action committees and as such must reveal their donors.

This group claims to be a tax exempt organization and as such doesn't have to reveal anything. That's why it is fair to say such groups are lurking in the shadows.

If you're going to run ads, you should have to say who you are and where your money comes from. Many groups do, so I would dispute a characterization of those groups as "lurking in the shadows".

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