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Archive for Thursday, October 14, 2010

Campaign Notebook: Kobach, Biggs in dispute over advance voting ad

October 14, 2010, 1:26 p.m. Updated October 14, 2010, 4:21 p.m.

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— Republican secretary of state candidate Kris Kobach on Thursday said a federally funded ad by his Democratic opponent, incumbent Chris Biggs, was "crass-politicking at taxpayer expense." Biggs' spokesman defended the spot, describing it as a voter education effort.

The problem, Kobach said, is that at the end of the 30-second spot, Biggs is identified and there is a shot of him sitting at a desk.

Naming and showing Biggs adds nothing to the voter information of the ad, he said. "This is naked politicking," Kobach said.

And he criticized Biggs for falsely claiming that the ads were "public service announcements."

Public service announcements run for free and usually at odd hours, Kobach said. This ad is paid for and being placed with taxpayer dollars and is running during expensive time slots, like the 5 p.m. news hour, he said.

Tyler Longpine, a spokesman for Biggs, said there was nothing wrong with the ad. The total cost of the effort was $159,000 and was paid for with a federal Help America Vote Act grant, he said.

He said mentioning Biggs' name in the ad was necessary to let voters know who was providing the information. He said there was nothing wrong with using the photo of Biggs at the end of the ad.

Kobach said a similar ad was run by Biggs during the primaries in August, but that Biggs' photo did not appear.

The ad can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/user/KSSecOfState

Comments

Bob Forer 4 years, 2 months ago

A ploy used by all incumbent politicians, Democrat and Republican alike. Get over it, Kobach. Its not like you are refraining from exploiting your taxpayer funded professorship at Washburn to line your pockets and attract free publicity through your extra-curricular legal practice.

Richard Payton 4 years, 2 months ago

Kolbach teaches at UMKC not Washburn please check your facts before spitting out half truths!

Bob Forer 4 years, 2 months ago

UMKC and Washburn are both mediocre law schools. Both are irrelevant. Hardly a "half-truth." Please explain to me in your own pea-brained words how changing the name of the law school changes the gravaman of my commments. (and i am sure you have to look up the word "gravaman." Another garden variety right wing 90 IQer, no doubt.

Richard Payton 4 years, 2 months ago

A Congressman that serves in the United States House representing Kansas graduated from Washburn Congressman Moore. How can you use the term mediocre for a person that writes laws for this nation? UMKC has 8 alumni serving on the Missouri House of Representatives.

Bob Forer 4 years, 2 months ago

Political work requires, more than anything else, a lack of principles, a nice smile, and a good barber. Talent is not necessary.

notajayhawk 4 years, 2 months ago

Like your avatar.

Nice smile.

Haircut's okay, too.

63BC 4 years, 2 months ago

$159K in TAXPAYER dough to put his smiling mug on TV juuust before an election.

What an outrage. Sheesh.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 2 months ago

I expect that this will have precisely the same effect on the election that "voter fraud" does.

(as in none, for the slow thinkers.)

AlexHamilton 4 years, 2 months ago

For Biggs to spend $159,000 of taxpayer money to promote his own face and name less than three weeks before the election is an outrage! Had it been Kris Kobach doing the same, I can only imagine the screams we'd be hearing from the left!

The other cases that have been mentioned here did not involve taxpayer dollars - while they were still questionable, that's a huge difference.

Why - if this ad is just a "public service" - is Chris Biggs campaign communications director, Tyler Longpine, involved in the production and ad buy?

Even the headline of this story calls it "Biggs' TV ad" - not "Secretary of State's Public Service Announcement." It is clearly meant to promote his candidacy, just as the recent "remake" of the Secretary of State website was - it's now a full page ad for Chris Biggs, including this text:

"About Us

Secretary of State Chris Biggs is one of only four state officers authorized by the Kansas constitution and elected state-wide every four years. With his vision and leadership, our office serves all Kansans..."

Biggs is "authorized by the Kansas constitution"? Not in my copy! His "vision and leadership"? How about his sleazy tactics and complete lack of ethics in using of taxpayer dollars to finance his campaign? This whole thing stinks to high heaven. Can't wait until this lowlife is defeated.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 2 months ago

I guess we got a double dose from the "slow thinking" crowd.

notajayhawk 4 years, 2 months ago

Why yes, you did post twice to this thread.

The issue isn't whether it would affect the election - Mr. Biggs is going to have to pull a much bigger rabbit out of his hat for that - it's whether or not he should be using taxpayer money to fund a commercial promoting him in this election. Sorry you couldn't grasp that.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 2 months ago

" it's whether or not he should be using taxpayer money to fund a commercial promoting him in this election."

Clearly, he shouldn't. And if you watched the commercial, he clearly didn't.

AlexHamilton 4 years, 2 months ago

For Biggs to spend $159,000 of taxpayer money to promote his own face and name less than three weeks before the election is an outrage! Had it been Kris Kobach doing the same, I can only imagine the screams we'd be hearing from the left!

The other cases that have been mentioned here did not involve taxpayer dollars - while they were still questionable, that's a huge difference.

Why - if this ad is just a "public service" - is Chris Biggs campaign communications director, Tyler Longpine, involved in the production and ad buy?

Even the headline of this story calls it "Biggs' TV ad" - not "Secretary of State's Public Service Announcement." It is clearly meant to promote his candidacy, just as the recent "remake" of the Secretary of State website was - it's now a full page ad for Chris Biggs, including this text:

"About Us

Secretary of State Chris Biggs is one of only four state officers authorized by the Kansas constitution and elected state-wide every four years. With his vision and leadership, our office serves all Kansans..."

Biggs is "authorized by the Kansas constitution"? Not in my copy! His "vision and leadership"? How about his sleazy tactics and complete lack of ethics in using of taxpayer dollars to finance his campaign? This whole thing stinks to high heaven. Can't wait until this lowlife is defeated.

Determined 4 years, 2 months ago

The ad was appropriate...up until the last few seconds. It is not a public service for me to see Biggs (or any other official) sitting in their office.

I hate the fact that my time and effort which produced the money for this ad(taxes) was used in what I consider an unethical way. If it was remade and the part of about the politician was left of then I would be fine with the message.

Jimo 4 years, 2 months ago

Does the money come from secret, unknown corporations? From foreigners seeking to elect candidates who will facilitate shipping jobs overseas? If no, no problem - voters have the knowledge and understanding to make a judgment about the candidate.

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