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Koch Industries, Kansas Chamber of Commerce trying to knock off moderate Republicans

July 30, 2012

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— The Kansas Chamber of Commerce, fueled by a six-figure contribution from Koch Industries, has funneled more than $280,000 into the Republican Party primary, much of which has been spent to try to knock off moderate Republicans on Aug. 7.

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The spending is detailed in the Chamber's political action committee campaign finance report that was released Monday and covers the period from Jan. 1 through Thursday.

During those seven months, the Chamber PAC collected $228,475 in contributions to add to the $111,692 it already had on hand. Of the $340,157 in available funds, the PAC spent $281,600.

According to the report, almost all of that money was spent between June 21 and July 24.

On July 19, Wichita-based Koch Industries dropped $125,000 into the PAC.

The finance report reveals a full-speed-ahead strategy by the Chamber, endorsed by Gov. Sam Brownback, to defeat moderate Republicans in order get control of the state Senate.

From July 18-24, the Chamber PAC paid $130,000 to Victory Enterprises of Davenport, Iowa for radio and cable production.

Among those receiving assistance, according to the report, $21,628 was spent on Michael O'Donnell, who is challenging state Sen. Jean Schodorf, R-Wichita, and $18,470 on Joe Patton, who is challenging state Sen. Vicki Schmidt, R-Topeka.

During July 18-19, the Chamber PAC paid approximately $100,000 to Singularis Group, based in Shawnee Mission, for printing and postage of campaign material for a number of conservative GOP candidates.

For example, $8,942 in printing and postage was spent on Patton, and $8,272 was spent on Tom Arpke, a conservative Republican from Salina, in his fight against moderate Republican state Sen. Pete Brungardt.

Meanwhile, moderates Republicans received significant funding from what is called the Kansas Job PAC, which raised $181,000 and spent $156,035.

Of that money raised, $100,000 came from the Senate Republican Leadership Committee.

And $50,000 came from the Kansas National Education Association PAC.

Another $30,000 came from union PACs, including International Brotherhood of Teamsters and Carpenters District Council.

The PAC is helping state Sens. Tim Owens of Overland Park, Roger Reitz of Manhattan, and others who are facing conservative challengers. It is also helping moderate challengers to conservative senators, such as Miranda Allen of Kiowa, who is trying to unseat Sen. Steve Abrams of Arkansas City.

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bobberboy 1 year, 8 months ago

Looks like the moderates prevail.

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JackMcKee 1 year, 8 months ago

Great "experiment" Brownback. At this rate we won't have to wait until 2015 to be bankrupt.

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JackMcKee 1 year, 8 months ago

Freightquote jumping the metro border from Lenexa to KC, bringing 1,225 jobs BY KEVIN COLLISON

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/08/03/3741009/freightquote-jumping-the-metro.html#storylink=cpy

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thekansascitian 1 year, 8 months ago

What a bunch of BS. The truth is liberal PACs are trying to buy the election. The KNEA has spent more than $600,000. They've funneled money to countless other PACs including the Senate Republican Leadership Committee and the Kansas Jobs PAC, who have also outspent the Kansas Chamber.

Phil Ruffin, by himself, has outspent Koch Industries and the Koch brothers through his Kansas Wins PAC, all of which went to moderates.

http://thekansascitian.blogspot.com/2012/08/kansas-politics-follow-money.html

http://thekansascitian.blogspot.com/2012/08/in-kansas-battle-boils-down-to-one.html

http://thekansascitian.blogspot.com/2012/08/new-kansas-wins-pac-entirely-funded-by.html

Keep the lies flowing, Scott.

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UltimateGrownup 1 year, 8 months ago

This article is bizarre and pointless, an endless regurgitation of publicly available political contributions, all of which are legal and part of the political process. The only question here is why the LJ World is openly doing opposition research for the Democrats.

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bobberboy 1 year, 8 months ago

Let's not get distracted from the real story here - the fact that Koch industries wants to own the State of Kansas by influencing the right wing nut jobs - which is not real hard to do since most of them don't seem to be very intelligent and mostly run along the same line as the Koch Brothers, that is, they are mostly self serving.

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 8 months ago

"We may congratulate ourselves that this cruel war is nearing its end. It has cost a vast amount of treasure and blood. It has indeed been a trying hour for the Republic; but I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war. God grant that my suspicions may prove groundless."
Abraham Lincoln
The passage appears in a letter from Lincoln to (Col.) William F. Elkins, Nov. 21, 1864.
(Sourced for validity at Snopes.com at http://message.snopes.com/showthread.php?t=2128&page=3)
Lincoln, that icon of the (current) Republican (in name only) Party, has been just as sanitized over the years as the "Founding Fathers".

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mikekt 1 year, 8 months ago

Brought to you by "Kook Industries" and the "Us Chamber Of Economic Horrors" !

We need Harry or Harriet Potter to solve this one !

The forces of darkness, are about their business....es !

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ShePrecedes 1 year, 8 months ago

The KS Chamber of Commerce were the group that pushed our legislators into cutting YOUR Workmans' Comp benefits!

NEVER forget that!

I realize it is a challenge for small business to meet the WC payments, the reality is that it is indeed a necessity to get your worker back into health. In some businesses, highly specialized skill is hard to find. So these workers are not easily replaced.

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ShePrecedes 1 year, 8 months ago

Koch may suffer greatly with this economic downturn. I have been saying this for years now. Missouri science is now backing me up, ... found on eurekalert. Go to the link. Take a stand against your boss. Compete against him. Pay men and women equally. And tell the KS Chamber of Commerce they are so totally and absolutely dismissed. Do not join them, once your business is lucrative.

Economic Recession Leads to Increased Entrepreneurship, MU Study Finds Study shows need for increased support of necessity entrepreneurs July 31, 2012 http://munews.missouri.edu/news-releases/2012/0731-economic-recession-leads-to-increased-entrepreneurship-mu-study-finds/

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The recent economic recession has caused many changes in the business landscape across the country, including high unemployment rates. Due to these high rates and the struggling economy, University of Missouri researchers have found that in recent years the number of Americans engaging in entrepreneurship has risen significantly. Maria Figueroa-Armijos, a doctoral candidate in the University of Missouri Truman School of Public Affairs, says that this trend could be positive for the future.

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BornAgainAmerican 1 year, 8 months ago

Anyone else notice that the two most popular, most discussed articles are both authored by Scott Rothschild? SR can really bring out the haters in the Party of Atheists.

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ShePrecedes 1 year, 8 months ago

http://www.boycottkochbrothers.com/

"Meanwhile, moderates Republicans received significant funding from what is called the Kansas Job PAC, which raised $181,000 and spent $156,035."

How UNLIKE the Religious Rite GOP. They actually stayed within budget!! God does not provide for political parties.

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Joe Hyde 1 year, 8 months ago

I never thought I'd see the day when the Kansas Chamber of Commerce issued a "hit list" on Republican candidates.

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Negotiator 1 year, 8 months ago

Silly question, but is there an online list of the candidates that identifies which are conservative and which are moderate? It's about as clear as mud trying to sort this out.

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autie 1 year, 8 months ago

Your version of communism may not tolerate religon, free speech or free press. The United States Constitution tolerates communists. I would agree with the prospecting one. Your understanding of freedom in America is somwhat skewed. Don't ever defend yourself in court, it may not work out so well.

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prospector 1 year, 8 months ago

The only person on here that has said "communist" is you. That goes with the only one that has said schizophrenic, too.

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prospector 1 year, 8 months ago

SageonPage 1 hour, 6 minutes ago

Ever read the document? " Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." This is the part that excludes socialists/communists...

SageonPage 1 minute ago

Unless you're schizophrenic you can't be a communist and support the U.S. Constitution. I thought you would get that on your own...guess not.


Comrade

As shown by this, you should not be your own legal counsel or mental care provider. A professional could help if you let them.

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Bob Reinsch 1 year, 8 months ago

Maybe the LJW should write an editorial piece on why the Koch brothers are good for Kansas, and why it's better to eliminate representation by moderate Republicans. It's a good thing that a small group of men can control an entire state government, and mold the state's economy to align with their needs. The State of Kansas is for sale folks, and the Koch brothers are buying.

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 8 months ago

I'd take a moderate Republican over some Dems any day. Take for instance, this woman. She's as big of a DINO as Brownback is a RINO.
Heads up, Dems! There's some 'friends" that are far worse than "enemies" any day.

http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/article/2012/07/25/black-genocide-candidate-running-as-democrat-in-kansas-house-race

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 8 months ago

The radical right wing Republicans In Name Only aka RINO's which include Brownback,Koch Boys,Wal-Mart family,Karl Rove,Grover Norquist, lions share of the DC GOP simply have no use for republicans or democrats.

They believe in a one party system ....... Republicans In Name Only aka RINO's party.

Once they took over the beltway GOP state governments are next. Vote them out!

True republicans have been getting duped for 30 years.

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remember_username 1 year, 8 months ago

Must be the heat getting all those Kansas Republicans worked up into a frenzy. Well anyway it explains all the foam on the Kaw these days.

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autie 1 year, 8 months ago

That is odd. My copy says "we the people". There is no special clause for we the narrow minded ultra right wingnut conservatives. It appears to be a fairly inclusive document that protects and guarantees the same rights to everybody. It covers all political spectrums. Maybe you have a different copy we don't know about.

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yourworstnightmare 1 year, 8 months ago

It is time for moderate republicans to team with democrats to defeat these warmed-over right wing liberal populists that call themselves republicans.

These folks were once southern democrats, and now they have found a home in the GOP after the democrats "turned" on them and embraced civil rights.

Being conservative is one thing, but being an embarrassing, uninformed, right wing populist fool is quite another.

It is an embarrassment for the GOP.

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autie 1 year, 8 months ago

I'm a liberal socialist. And a constitutionalist. Libbidy dib aroo...

Ag, that is Mr. Nancy Boy to you. No concerned citizens.

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Agnostick 1 year, 8 months ago

Doesn't matter... the joke is still funny, and the joke is still on you!

Your costume and mask are slipping, again... they usually do after a few posts. Many of us have seen your sad, tired act many times before.

LOL!!

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SageonPage 1 year, 8 months ago

@ agnos...seems you're a testy over being labeled a 'Lib', shall I rather refer to your type as a Marxist? Socialist? or Communist? I know that being a liberal used to be respectable, but since they are being exposed for what they are it can be quite painful. What shall the rest of us Red Blooded American Constitutionalists call your type?

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Agnostick 1 year, 8 months ago

TrollonRoll is right(eous)! If libs think they can keep libbing their libs even libber, the people of Lib won't lib for it! Lib, the crown lib of libs, is another reason the libbing just keeps getting libber. They lib and they lib and they lib... but they never lib the depth of their libravity. Lib lib lib lib lib, Fluffy, lib lib lib libber lib lib libbest!

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BigDog 1 year, 8 months ago

REMINDER .... Those who are not registered as Republican or Democrat can still vote in the primaries.

You must declare at the voting place which Party you are declaring for in the primary. So those who are not registered with a Party ... you can help out Republicans in the primary.

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autie 1 year, 8 months ago

Oh come on, you can work in Barack Hussein Obama for some of the blame for this someplace can't you? You know Kathleen only does what secret muslims tell her to do. And how boring would it be in Linwood without all the hippies in Lawrence to complain about?

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SageonPage 1 year, 8 months ago

Thank God for the Chamber and Koch Industries! We can continue to build on common sense representation and adult leadership now that Chief Abortion provider Kathleen 'The Hammer' Sebelius gone. The Libs in KS may as well move to Detroit for the lifestyle they want to impose here and enjoy the fruits of liberalism Detroit has to offer. People in KS and the US are waking up to the nonsense of Liberalism with its rob the producer and give to the lazy approach.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 8 months ago

It'd be ironic if these conservatives knock off the moderates, only to lose to the Democrat in November.

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newmedia 1 year, 8 months ago

Referred to as RINO'S for a reason....

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Paul R Getto 1 year, 8 months ago

Good luck moderates. Hope you survive the onslaught.

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bobberboy 1 year, 8 months ago

P.S. Does anyone have a list of the moderates running for office ?

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bobberboy 1 year, 8 months ago

Well, it finally comes out in print - The Kochs want to own Kansas ? Hum !! Are we going to let this happen ? Now is the time to repair the damage done to Kansas by electing Brownback. Don't let it continue. Vote for the Moderates. What do those with wisdom say ? "Moderation in everything" and "Nothing should ever be just black and white but always some shade of gray"

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grimpeur 1 year, 8 months ago

Wow. Why have a Chamber of Commerce, then? After all, if it's just lies about how awful it is to do business in Kansas and fronting for right-wing liberals, why not state your true intentions?

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Claudean McKellips 1 year, 8 months ago

Good reporting. This citizen wants to know when unelected, unethical billionaires are trying to rig elections.

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rtwngr 1 year, 8 months ago

Another hit piece, eh Scott? Just in case you hadn't figured it out before now, it was moderate republicans and demagogueacrats that got us into the mess we are now, ala Parkinson and Graves. I hope every moderate gets the boot and then all of the libs and mods can read it to find out what's in it, after we pass it. Hahahahahahahahahahaha!

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rtwngr 1 year, 8 months ago

Another hit piece, eh Scott? Just in case you hadn't figured it out before now, it was moderate republicans and demagogueacrats that got us into the mess we are now, ala Parkinson and Graves. I hope every moderate gets the boot and then all of the libs and mods can read it to find out what's in it, after we pass it. Hahahahahahahahahahaha!

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