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Kobach confirms he’s an unpaid adviser to Romney

February 1, 2012

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— Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach confirms that he’s serving as an unpaid adviser on immigration issues to Republican Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.

Kobach told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he’s been advising the former Massachusetts governor since the beginning of this year. Kobach said he started serving as an adviser even before he formally endorsed his fellow Republican last month.

The Kansas secretary of state is a former law professor who’s known nationally for advising state and local officials about cracking down on illegal immigration. He helped draft tough laws in Alabama and Arizona.

Kobach said he advised Romney during Romney’s unsuccessful 2008 campaign for the GOP presidential nomination.

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Gotland 2 years, 2 months ago

Kobach is patriot. Thank you for all you do for the citizens of this country (even the ungrateful ones).

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steves 2 years, 2 months ago

Better said, Kobach is a total tool!

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Herecomesthewaterweasel 2 years, 2 months ago

Kobach is a fully paid tool by the State of Kansas though

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tolawdjk 2 years, 2 months ago

Attorney General Kobach?

It could happen.

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verity 2 years, 2 months ago

Quite frankly, I would be happy if Kobach spent all of his time on the golf course---or better yet, vacationing someplace far, far away. Maybe some tropical island with no phone or internet service. Paying him to do that would be much less expensive than having him here.

And, tomatogrower, I suspect you are exactly right---and even if no money exchanges hands, there will be "favors."

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tomatogrower 2 years, 2 months ago

"Unpaid position", as he reaches under the table, smiles and says thanks. Those tips are more than 20%.

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bigpimpin 2 years, 2 months ago

The couple of 'Pubes that have posted on this thread have really made my day. Great stuff, @ssclowns!

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blindrabbit 2 years, 2 months ago

Not all a Romney fan, but if I were him , I would stay away from any "help" or advice from this Kansas slime merchant!

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its_just_math 2 years, 2 months ago

I guess you'd prefer Kobach golfed 90 holes a week, like our failed president. To be honest, the more Obama is golfing or taking lavish vacations, the better off we are. Kobach and Brownback tick off the extreme left because they really ARE achieving things. Then of course, came the well-orchestrated highly negative media coverage of them, day in and day out.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 2 months ago

If this follows the Republican MO of the last several years, Kobach, the head election official in the state, will also be Romney's campaign manager for Kansas.

For Republicans, there is no such thing as a conflict of interest, because working exclusively for your own self interest is seen as a positive personal trait-- Greed is Good.

From Kobach's perspective, at best, if Romney is elected, Kobach will get a high-profile appointment in the administration. At worst, he's self-promoted himself into even more connections with the wealthy folks who increasingly determine the outcomes of our elections. Perfect for Kobach's run for the Senate when Roberts steps down.

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Mike Ford 2 years, 2 months ago

I hope Kobach gets "Abramoved" one day....

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mloburgio 2 years, 2 months ago

Our moonlighting secretary of state The secretary of state, like many other public officials, is required to file a Statement of Substantial Interests. It lists the firms and organizations that have paid the secretary in addition to his $86,000 a year salary.

The list is very interesting and raises once again the ethics of pursuing two careers – as secretary of state and as an immigration attorney. It appears implausible that Kobach could have worked only on nights and weekends for these extracurricular activities, as he has suggested.

As I noted in a recent column, Kobach was alleged to have made $100,000, while secretary of state, as part of his involvement with Farmers Branch, Texas. The Federation of American Immigration Reform hired him to author an anti-immigration ordinance, according to the past mayor pro tem of that city.

But thanks to the Statement of Substantial Interests, filed in April 2011, we know of 10 others who have paid Kobach recently. Each represents income to Kobach of no less than $2,000.

Kobach received payment from the law firm of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak, and Stewart, which claims to be one of America’s leading labor and employment law firms.

Kobach received payment from the city of Fremont, Neb., where he drafted an anti-illegal immigration ordinance.

Kobach received payment from Snell & Wilmer, a law firm in Arizona.

Kobach received payment from Maricopa County, Ariz., where he charged $300 an hour and a monthly stipend of $1,500 plus expenses, according to National Public Radio. Kobach had helped draft the famous anti-illegal laws of that state.

Kobach received payment by Digital Ally, Inc., which specializes in security cameras.

Kobach received payment from the Eagle Forum Education and Legal Defense Fund in St. Louis, Mo., an organization founded by Phyllis Schlafly.

Kobach received payment from the 7th District Missouri Republican Assembly.

Kobach received payment from The Federalist Society, a very conservative legal organization.

Kobach received payment from CMP Susquehanna Corp. as a Sunday night radio talk show host for a station in Kansas City.

But the number one benefactor is the Immigration Reform Law Institute, where Kobach serves as counsel. This organization focuses on anti-illegal immigration reform across the United States. And it is a pot of money for Kobach that is presumably quite substantial.

Read more here: http://joco913.com/news/our-moonlighting-secretary-of-state/#storylink=cpy

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lunacydetector 2 years, 2 months ago

the majority of the posters above make the newspaper boring.

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cowboy 2 years, 2 months ago

Time for an audit , appointment calendar , phone records , travel expenses , time away from office

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CLARKKENT 2 years, 2 months ago

I FOR ONE, AM GLAD TO HEAR THAT HIS IS ADVISING ROMNEY. NOW I DO KNOW WHO I WILL NOT VOTE FOR IN NOVEMBER.

ANYONE WHO TAKES ADVISE FROM KOBACH OR BROWNBACK, I DO NOT NEED FOR PRESIDENT.

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commonsenseanyone 2 years, 2 months ago

That's good news. Now, maybe our next president will actually address illegal immigration instead of sweeping it under the rug. Get your game face on Mitt, it's almost go-time.

Speaking of go-time, let's go Hawks! Let's give the tiggers a couple of good reasons why they left for the SEC....

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observant 2 years, 2 months ago

One more reason to not vote for Romney. Would you trust anyone who would listen to Kobach?

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question4u 2 years, 2 months ago

"Kobach confirms he’s an unpaid adviser to Romney"

As they say, you get what you pay for.

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Scott Morgan 2 years, 2 months ago

What are the Vegas odds local boy makes good, including moving up the political ladder?

Just read some interesting polls over the past few days. Some are claiming Obama is virtually unelectable. Never heard this one back in the old Jimmy Carter days.

Kobach would be ignorant not to giving his educated advice to Mitt.

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autie 2 years, 2 months ago

I suppose they share hair care secrets. Now that Rick Perry is kaput we need somebody else with a since of hair style. I am a direct unpaid advisor to any number of candidates. They just don't call me so much.

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Roland Gunslinger 2 years, 2 months ago

Yeah no conflict of interest there! If there is even a semblance of this being ethically questionable (running an election while advising and backing one of the candidates) he needs to withdraw from his position.

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verity 2 years, 2 months ago

Does anybody else get the feeling that they're living in a really bad dream?

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plainspeaking 2 years, 2 months ago

How much longer can Kobach serve as the state's election official?

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Agnostick 2 years, 2 months ago

Maybe if we elected him to be a full-time adviser to Romney....?

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Gandalf 2 years, 2 months ago

Well that's proof positive that all GOP contenders are totally worthless!!!!!

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Phillbert 2 years, 2 months ago

Yet another "part-time" job for the man who was elected to be our full-time Secretary of State.

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