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Americans for Prosperity postcard targets group of GOP Senate incumbents who claim AFP assertion is false

July 18, 2012


— Americans for Prosperity has distributed a postcard to tens of thousands of Republicans that accuses a group of Republican state Senate incumbents, who are running for re-election, of siding with "ObamaCare." But the candidates say the postcard is false.

In the postcard, AFP criticizes the Affordable Care Act, saying it will increase taxes and spending, while cutting Medicare. Supporters of the act, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama, dispute those assertions, and major provisions of the ACA were recently ruled constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision.

Then the piece says, "Unhappy that Obama and five Supreme Court justices are forcing you to accept ObamaCare? Thank Steve Morris. He voted to restrict Kansans' right to opt-out of ObamaCare if the law was upheld. Steve Morris' vote prevented you from having the option to say NO to Obama's radical agenda."

Morris, the Senate president from Hugoton, is one of eight Republican candidates targeted by the mailer. The piece has also been delivered to GOP voters in the districts of Pete Brungardt of Salina, Jean Schodorf of Wichita, Tim Owens of Overland Park, Dwayne Umbarger of Thayer, Roger Reitz of Manhattan, Ruth Teichman of Stafford and Vicki Schmidt of Topeka. All of them are in contested races in the Aug. 7 Republican Party primary.

In response, Morris stated: "… a look at the voting record will show that every Republican in the Kansas Senate voted against Obamacare by passing the Kansas Health Care Freedom Act and is standing in direct opposition to the President’s healthcare plan."

The Kansas Health Care Freedom Act was approved by the Legislature in 2011. It said residents have the right to refuse to buy health insurance. The federal health reform law says that in 2014 most Americans will have to have health insurance.

But Americans for Prosperity's beef is with a vote by Morris and the other seven senators during the recently completed legislative session.

The Kansas House had earlier approved a health care freedom measure in the form of a constitutional amendment to be put on the November ballot.

But during debate in the Senate in February, state Sen. Terrie Huntington, R-Fairway, offered a change to the proposed constitutional amendment that essentially said if the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, then the proposed state constitutional amendment would not be submitted to the voters. Supporters of Huntington's measure said it would be a waste of taxpayer dollars to have a vote on the issue if the Supreme Court had already ruled.

Morris and the other seven senators targeted by AFP voted for the Huntington amendment, and it passed. Then when the proposed constitutional amendment came up for final passage, it fell short by one vote to get the required two-thirds majority to be placed on the ballot.

Derrick Sontag, state director of the AFP, says even with the Supreme Court ruling, Kansans deserved an opportunity to vote on the Affordable Care Act because there will continue to be efforts to repeal it.

Morris asked the public not to be deceived by what AFP was saying. He called AFP a Virginia-headquartered, special interest group.

Sontag said all the money raised for the mailers came from Kansas. As a tax-exempt "social welfare" organization, AFP does not have to disclose its donors. The organization was founded by Charles and David Koch who run Kansas-based Koch Industries.


Hal Larsen 5 years, 10 months ago

Scott, I think you mean Romneycare. Oh thats right, Romneycare allows illegal immigrants to have medical coverage and provides for abortions. Nevermind.

Glenn Reed 5 years, 10 months ago

...this isn't news...

...this is a 'conservative' group lying to everyone again... as usual...

...not news...

Glenn Reed 5 years, 10 months ago

Oh, I agree with you, completely. I would love to see an article that said "The sky was blue today," rather than "Some in congress say the sky was blue with others say it was a weird greenish color."

I'd love to see a mainstream media article that said "Hey, that stuff that congressman 'x' said, turns out it was false. congressman 'x' refuses to admit that what he says is false, so we're going to call him a liar!"

Won't happen, because LJworld is going to be worried about being considered "unbiased" in their reporting if they start saying 2+2 = 4 instead of hearing all sides on the subject.

And it's fair enough that the article was printed. This is information that needs to be gotten out there, maybe folks will start to realize that this whole unlimited money into political ads thing is a bad idea, and start asking for accountability.

Patricia Davis 5 years, 10 months ago

Don't you just love that AFP is a tax-exempt (of course) "social welfare" organization which puts it in my Oxymoron shopping cart. I think I can smell the stench of this beauty all the way to Karl Rove.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 10 months ago

"Sontag said all the money raised for the mailers came from Kansas."

Yea, from the Koch Bros during one of their brief passes through Wichita.

thinki4myself 5 years, 10 months ago

Dear AFP and Teabaggers. You already have the right/choice to not buy healthcare, even under Obamacare. If you choose not to, you just pay a penalty/tax that others don't. Stop wasting our time with these bills.

You also have a choice to not own a house with a mortgage -- if you make that choice, you likewise pay higher taxes than you would've if you did make that choice. Why no useless laws/votes trying to reaffirm that right??????

Get over it.

somebodynew 5 years, 10 months ago

"Derrick Sontag, state director of the AFP..."

Any relation to the spokesperson for our Gov ??

verity 5 years, 10 months ago

Americans for Prosperity is a social welfare group? Had not heard that one before, but then I don't get out much.

Whose social welfare are they working for?

Jayhawk1958 5 years, 10 months ago

AFP is a terrorist group! They must be taken out now!

Richard Heckler 5 years, 10 months ago

This is Koch/Brownback at work trying to get rid of republicans to be replaced with RINO's of their choice.

RINO's are Republicans In Name Only = reckless spending neocons who love more big government. These people are actually anti republican.

Koch boys,Brownback, Wal-Mart family billionaires and Americans for Prosperity believe in a one party government ....... their very conservative narrow minded government.

These very conservative thinkers are NOT fiscal conservatives not by any means.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 10 months ago

More Koch boys,Brownback, Wal-Mart family billionaires and Americans for Prosperity philosophy:

Worker's taxes siphoned off by their bosses Thursday, April 26, 2012 | Posted by Jim Hightower

Where is the $47 million tax dollars that belong to Kansas taxpayers?

My congratulations to workers in 16 states – from Maine to Georgia, New Jersey to Colorado! Many of you will be thrilled to know that the income taxes deducted from your paychecks each month are going to a very worthy cause: your corporate boss.

Good Jobs First, a non-profit, non-partisan research center, has analyzed state programs meant to create jobs, but instead have created some $700 million a year in corporate welfare. This scam starts with the normal practice of corporations withholding from each employee's monthly check the state income taxes their workers owe.

But rather than remitting this money to pay for state services, these 16 states simply allow the corporations to keep the tax payments for themselves! Adding to the funkiness of taxation-by-corporation, the bosses don't even have to tell workers that the company is siphoning off their state taxes for its own fun and profit.

These heists are rationalized in the name of "job creation," but that's a hoax, too. They're really just bribes the states pay to get corporations to move existing jobs from one state to another, or they're hostage payments to corporations that demand the public's money – or else they'll move their jobs out of state.

Last year, Kansas used workers' withholding taxes to bribe AMC Entertainment with a $47 million payment to move its headquarters from downtown Kansas City, Missouri, to a KC suburb on the Kansas side, just 10 miles away. What a ripoff! Among the 2,700 corporations cashing in on such absurd diversions of state taxes from public need to private greed are Goldman Sachs, GE, Motorola, and Procter & Gamble.

For more information – and for ways you can help stop this despicable giveaway – get the full report, entitled "Paying Taxes to the Boss." It's available at

AMC Entertainment has since been sold to Dalian Wanda Group of China.

When this tax deal was cut AMC and Cordish Co. of Baltimore were partners. As of 5/25/12 this partnership is becoming history.

As with many buyouts/mergers people lose jobs sooner of later due to the expense of purchase. Is all of the above legal as far as the $47 million tax dollar give away is concerned?

Where is the $47 million tax dollars?

Paul R Getto 5 years, 10 months ago

Best government secret money can buy. The Koch brothers have our best interests at heart. Give them a chance to prove it.

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