Archive for Thursday, March 24, 2011

Statehouse Live: Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission says no to Kris Kobach getting KU lecture honorarium

March 24, 2011


— Secretary of State Kris Kobach won’t be getting a $10,000 honorarium for delivering the Kansas University School of Business Vickers Lecture.

The Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission decided Wednesday that Kobach could not receive the money.

Assistant Secretary of State Eric Rucker had requested an advisory opinion from the commission asking whether Kobach could accept the money for his lecture on immigration issues.

The commission said no, citing a law that no state officer or employee shall accept an honorarium for a speaking engagement. Exceptions have been made when a state officeholder speaks on an issue unrelated to his or her job, but several of the commissioners said Kobach has made immigration policy part of his job.

Kobach, an attorney who was elected secretary of state in November, has been pushing for immigration reform in Kansas and many states across the country. He played a role in drafting the Arizona anti-illegal immigration law that has attracted national attention.

The J.A. Vickers Sr. and Robert F. Vickers Memorial Lecture is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 12 at the Lied Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Kobach is scheduled to deliver a lecture on “State and Local Laws Discouraging Illegal Immigration: Their Economic and Security Impact.”

His office did not return a phone call seeking comment on the Ethics Commission decision.


deec 6 years, 11 months ago

Oops...there goes a big chunk of money.

thebigspoon 6 years, 11 months ago

I hope the abuse he takes there will be the "something" he deserves. Hope it's heaped high and deep.

parco814 6 years, 11 months ago

If he can't take the heat then he shouldn't show up. Some of you Republicans never shy away from beating up on those who disagree with you, but aren't so good at taking what you dish out. Besides, Kobach invites abuse so refusing it would be discourteous.

PugnaciousJayhawk 6 years, 11 months ago

The B-School should invite the Phelps clan for a follow up or just invite them to the lecture itself so they can get all the Kansas crazies in one room.

Jan Rolls 6 years, 11 months ago

Why did they even invite this right wing clown? How about getting an expert instead of someone trying to sell books.

CreatureComforts 6 years, 11 months ago

I know 90% of this forum will probably say yes, but...should KU only invite left-wing liberal lecturers?

beatrice 6 years, 11 months ago

Funny, but my immediate reaction to why was he invited was a simple "Because he is Secretary of State." I might not agree with his politics, but of course he should be invited to speak. Wanting a $10K honorarium at a time when budgets are being slashed, however, is terribly poor form.

parco814 6 years, 11 months ago

I absolutely think KK should speak at KU and have a forum for his views. I plan to attend.

People should ask him tough questions. After all, we pay his salary, even those of us who didn't vote for him.

Asking tough questions and expressing disagreement--some would call that "abuse." Others would call it democracy and holding our leaders accountable.

The only dissent some Kansans want is from the Obama-Biden administration. Criticize Republicans and all of a sudden you're a communist. Hate Obama-Biden, you're a patriot.

Kendall Simmons 6 years, 11 months ago

Not that he'll let you - but please ask him how much $$$ his department has calculated that his photo ID/proof of citizenship stuff is going to cost the taxpayers...since he says the State will pay for photo IDs and birth certificates as needed...and how much it's going to cost us taxpayers to pay for the training for all the poll workers to recognize phony photo IDs?

After all, illegal aliens buy phony drivers' licenses so, if they're into voting illegally enough that they've already registered to vote, all they have to do is whip out their phony driver's license and still vote - unless the poll workers are well-trained. Kinda like how that 95 year old veteran with his phony driver's license and his phony voter registration got away with illegal voting for 70+ years. No one ever caught him!!!

newmath 6 years, 11 months ago

How long till he gives up his high paying government job to go back to his low paying private sector job?

KU_cynic 6 years, 11 months ago

The honorarium is something that would be paid for by the endowment/donors that support the speaker series.

In the past, government officials have spoken and allowed the university to direct the honorarium to scholarships. The key question here is, Why didn't Koback merely assume that as an elected state official he should have a similar deal, with the honorarium spent on scholarships (how about for immigrant students -- that would be ironic) rather than going into his pocket?

The fact that this went before the ethics commission suggests that Koback greedily wants the money for himself. If so, another strike (of many) in my book against the man.

Kendall Simmons 6 years, 11 months ago

From a guy who thinks of himself as a great lawyer, he certainly is ignorant. This is "Elected Officials 101" stuff.

johnnyreb 6 years, 11 months ago

We shall see if the same standard will be applied to professors (state employees). No more money for Loomis speaking at the Kansas Marxist Society!

Kontum1972 6 years, 11 months ago

he is ordering a new helicopter fleet...from Bell....

truman1902 6 years, 11 months ago

I suppose we'll be getting the "condensed" lecture as a result! Should turn out to be the rowdiest audience since the Ann Coulter "In search of Young Republicans" rant & revue!

tomatogrower 6 years, 11 months ago

I'm wondering if he'll change his mind, and be busy that day.

Kontum1972 6 years, 11 months ago

here is a good one,,during the last election i went to vote..i had my drivers License, and my military ID...the folks at the poll office thought it was a pray tell who really is the expert on ID's?

who are these Hollow Men?

Kendall Simmons 6 years, 11 months ago

How come you had to show your driver's license and military ID when voting? Was it a provisional ballot?

Anyway...this makes my point about wanting Kobach to tell us Kansas taxpayers how much it's going to cost us to train all pollworkers to recognize phony IDs.

Paul Decelles 6 years, 11 months ago

Must be the TSA official who gave me a hard time at an airport because he didn't think my driver's license photo looked like me. OK, I did have different shirt on. That must be it.

Clickker 6 years, 11 months ago

Why does Harry Hamlin want to do this!!!!???

MyName 6 years, 11 months ago

Duude, does anyone else think that Kobach looked like a NORML poster boy in that photo on the homepage? Maybe he's just really tired...

somedude20 6 years, 11 months ago

reminds me of "Animal House" when Dean Wormer had to give an honorarium (after calling it extortion and having his legs threattened)to Mayor Carmine DePasto

itwasthedukes 6 years, 11 months ago

Should have done it like a Democrat, take the money and then blame turbo tax.

strongarmcrunch 6 years, 11 months ago

He shouldn't get it because he is a flat-out liar. I have in person seen him lie to people.

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