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.


TheWhirl 3 years ago

Kobach is a racist nut-- he's behind the deal in Arizona. I also enjoyed listening to one of his spots on Christian Radio (called the Kris Kobach Kommentary) where he declared that "America is legally a Christian nation!" I'm not quite sure what in the heck he was talking about there, but I guessing that if he were to be elected to any high office we should expect a Sinclair Lewis "It Can't Happen Here" thing to occur. It's time for the Left to wake up in this country, and I'm not talking about the limousine liberal strawmen that the Repubs like to knock down. I mean the old-fashioned Leftists who gave America its middle class. They did this by literally being killed by the fascist corporatist elements that were (and are) present in our society. So, to those of you who like your 40-hour weeks (as opposed to 16-hour days, 6-days per week), remember that it wasn't the Republicans that brought you these things.


strongarmcrunch 3 years, 1 month ago

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


mutualrespect37 3 years, 1 month ago

Hey,Kansas and KU are all about conflict-of-interest politics to begin with, so what's the problem? Gotta play the game to get ahead. I voted for this guy as the worse Republican out there, along with Brownstone, on the current DCCC Facebook contest. He certainly gives me the screaming meanies!


Number_1_Grandma 3 years, 1 month ago

Kobach, Kline as well as others, are major embarrassment to Kansas. These two give 'christians' a bad name and gives more respectability to Atheists.


itwasthedukes 3 years, 1 month ago

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


somedude20 3 years, 1 month 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


MyName 3 years, 1 month 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...


LJ Whirled 3 years, 1 month ago

  • several of the commissioners said ... *

Which ones? Who is even on the commission? I agree with their opinion, and with the cited law, and was curious who is on the board.


Clickker 3 years, 1 month ago

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


Kontum1972 3 years, 1 month 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?


truman1902 3 years, 1 month 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!


jstthefacts 3 years, 1 month ago

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Kontum1972 3 years, 1 month ago

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


seriouscat 3 years, 1 month ago

I so went into the wrong line of work.


johnnyreb 3 years, 1 month 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!


KU_cynic 3 years, 1 month 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.


ophiuchus 3 years, 1 month ago

50,000 signatures, perhaps, in consolation?


newmath 3 years, 1 month ago

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


parco814 3 years, 1 month 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.


seeker_of_truth 3 years, 1 month ago

Is this school so desperate for speakers they had to offer this idiot 10 grand to show up?


Jan Rolls 3 years, 1 month ago

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


tomatogrower 3 years, 1 month ago

Oh my god. I'm glad this 95-year-old vet doesn't live in Kansas. Kobach would be after him.


PugnaciousJayhawk 3 years, 1 month 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.


consumer1 3 years, 1 month ago

He should get paid something for the abuse he will take for being there.


deec 3 years, 1 month ago

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


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