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Campaign Notebook: Kansas Chamber holding fundraiser for Brownback

September 1, 2010


— The Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce are holding a fundraiser for Republican gubernatorial candidate Sam Brownback.

Brownback, currently a U.S. senator, faces Democratic state Sen. Tom Holland of Baldwin City in the November general election.

The casual attire, dinner event for Brownback will be held outdoors Thursday, Sept. 9 at Murfin Stables in Wichita.

To attend, guests will pay from $100 to $2,000 to the Brownback campaign.

Holland has been critical of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce.

In June, he told the Chamber that he would not seek nor accept the group’s endorsement.

During the 2010 legislative session, the Chamber lobbied against tax increases as legislators dealt with an unprecedented drop in revenue.

When a coalition of Democrats, including Holland, and moderate Republicans approved the temporary 1-cent increase in the state sales tax, Chamber President Kent Beisner said supporters of the “catered to the needs of those at the government trough.”

Holland said that was an insult to the elderly, school children and struggling Kansas families depending on state funding.

Holland was also on the winning side in passage of an $8.2 billion, 10-year transportation plan, which the Chamber opposed, but many businesses supported. That plan is supported with a portion of the state sales tax increase.


50YearResident 7 years, 9 months ago

Pay $100 to $2000? I thought he already had over $2 Million for his campaign fund. Personally all I would give to hear him speak is 2 cents and I am not sure that it would be worth it.

fabian_zimbabwe 7 years, 9 months ago

I'll keep my two cents, as you could not even pay me to hear him speak.

CLARKKENT 7 years, 9 months ago


mbulicz 7 years, 9 months ago

I heard Brownback speak for free once.

I still felt ripped off.

wastewatcher 7 years, 9 months ago

Once again the LJ World shows its bias. If you are going to print the victories of Holland why don't you also pint all of his legislative defeats. There is an editorial page for editorial comments.

Orwell 7 years, 9 months ago

They didn't do it for the same reason they didn't recount every one of Brownback's attempts to impose public policy based on one group's religious beliefs – it wouldn't have been relevant to the story.

This was a fair account of rich Kansans pumping money into Brownback's campaign to be sure they get special treatment, and how they don't like Holland because he won't sell out the public for private benefit. Facts is facts.

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