Archive for Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Statehouse Live: Cost of candidate’s wig must be reimbursed, ethics officials say

October 20, 2010


— State ethics officials have ruled that an unsuccessful female candidate cannot accept a $159 wig as an in-kind campaign contribution.

The information indicates the candidate was Joan Heffington, who was defeated by U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback in the Republican Party primary for governor.

A wig, like clothing, is for personal use and cannot be paid for through a donation, the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission said.

The commission made the ruling without mentioning Heffington's name. A letter from the candidate to the commission's executive director Carol Williams omitted any name.

But the letter focused on the wig and mentioned its price, which corresponded to information on a campaign finance report by Heffington.

The letter explained about purchasing a wig on the campaign trail. "After I commented that I didn't know if I could afford the wig I had tried on," the store owner offered to donate it, saying that the candidate needed to "be looking good all the time," the letter said.

"I accepted and believed this was an in-kind donation that should be listed on our campaign finance report," the letter said.

Ethics commissioners said there would be no way to tell if the wig would be used only during campaigning or also worn during personal, non-campaigning time.

Williams said the candidate must reimburse the campaign for the cost of the wig.

Heffington, who campaigned on overhauling the legal system and requiring that new laws have a biblical reason to exist, is now running as an independent write-in candidate in the general election.

Attempts by the Lawrence Journal-World to reach Heffington have been unsuccessful.


meggers 7 years, 7 months ago

Here she is. Is there tinfoil in that wig?

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that they called up Heffington — who is running against Sam Brownback in the Republican primary — and she allegedly told them these interesting things:

•“…covert government operatives are infiltrating hospitals in Kansas and elsewhere to conduct biological and chemical warfare experiments on unsuspecting patients.” •“In February, she said, she learned operatives implanted microchips in a man who had refused to give the government a lucrative invention he had created. The microchips were transported through a window and into the man’s body using a satellite, she said. ‘The technology is so advanced that they can do it that way,’ she said.” •“A 22-year-old man was unlawfully detained, tortured and infected with H1N1 by operatives after discovering that Guantanamo Bay detainees were secretly being flown to McConnell Air Force Base, Heffington said. She believes a pen was used to deliver the virus.” •“The state of Kansas is operating under a dictatorial French law that the CIA helped establish here in the 1950s, Heffington said. ‘They needed a state where unsuspecting people could be treated like guinea pigs so they could try out their covert activities,’ she said.” •“Heffington founded and is chief executive of an advocacy organization she named the Association for Honest Attorneys. The group’s website lists three board members: Heffington, director Cortland Berry and God, who is identified as ‘our most trustworthy board member.’” •“If elected, Heffington said, she would sign no law unless it was supported by at least two-thirds of Kansans. She said she would conduct a survey on each bill. “I’m going to do my own poll,” she said. ‘I’ll make sure it’s fair. I will have a statistician.’” Heffington is a former Boeing employee and homebuilder from around Wichita. She uses lots of little crosses on her campaign materials, because GOD the Board Member told her to be consistent in her branding and design. Her running mate is a pastor who used his church’s billboard thingy to inform “America” that it has a muslin president, which makes GOD angry. When she becomes governor, she will “require that a Biblical and Constitutional reason exist for the passage of any new laws.”

I think she should try for a movie deal. You just can't make this stuff up.

SeaBee 7 years, 7 months ago

When I saw the headline I thought the article was going to be about Melvin Neufeld.

1arrowheaddrive 7 years, 7 months ago

I voted for Joan in the primary and would do so again if it was between her and Brownback. Looney bin here we come!

somedude20 7 years, 7 months ago

"Heffington, who campaigned on overhauling the legal system and requiring that new laws have a biblical reason to exist." she sounds like a "female" version of thanks

Keith 7 years, 7 months ago

Maybe it was one of those real merkin wigs Sarah Palin's always going on about.

Kent Shrack 7 years, 7 months ago

To be legal, now that the campain is over, She should return back to the place she got it, hand it back, and then they could give it back to her as a gift, and Not as a campain contribution. So simple. She would have returned the campain contribution, and received a personal gift of a wig.

Jacks_Smirking_Revenge 7 years, 7 months ago

I can see the movie concept now. We take a bunch of the craziest radicals from the left and the right and have a faux-reality show where they compete to "govern" a ficticious country (a la the movie "The Truman Show") and see what happens. This way we get entertained, it would beat shows like Big Brother or other reality garbage and they wouldn't end up actually in real world politics.

On a side note, with all this crazy, why isn't CSPAN more interesting?

Chris Ogle 7 years, 7 months ago

Sure glad we don't have any real problems regarding ethics. Man.... what a relief. (sarcasm noted)

Kontum1972 7 years, 7 months ago

love the bible verse.....hmmm....where's the separation between Church and State..?

dig that rock on her finger...!

George_Braziller 7 years, 7 months ago

I have already started on my Halloween costume for this year but I may have to switch gears. This has so much potential it would be a shame to pass up the opportunity.

Kontum1972 7 years, 7 months ago

hmmm covert ops....well i am sure thr FBI, and the SPOOKS...would sure like the intel on this one....

this is a choice post ...LoL....

beatrice 7 years, 7 months ago

I don't care who she is or what her views are, this is just a little too much information. Who would want it known by everyone that you need a wig? I feel bad for her. No, it shouldn't be a campaign contribution any more than Sarah Palin's designer wardrobe should be, but do we need to know all about it?

Kontum1972 7 years, 7 months ago

this one needs to be on the daily show

WoW....are we sure this is a female?

somedude20 7 years, 7 months ago

yep, that is a merkin wig...not much of a glamor shot either

tolawdjk 7 years, 7 months ago

I can assume that the only thing not fake in that photo is the flag, and even then I would want to count the stars and stripes.

password 7 years, 7 months ago

looks like she spent way too much on the make-up thats why she couldn't afford the wig. yikes!

Kontum1972 7 years, 7 months ago

catch a free ride on the politico express.....

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