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Kansas AG Schmidt pays $644K to defend state abortion laws

June 11, 2012

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— The Kansas attorney general's office paid outside lawyers more than $644,000 to defend anti-abortion laws enacted last year.

The office says it paid more than $328,000 as of Friday to Foulston Siefkin, a Wichita firm helping defend a budget provision denying federal dollars for non-abortion services to Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood has filed a federal lawsuit against the measure.

The attorney general's office paid more than $200,000 to Thompson, Ramsdell & Qualseth, of Lawrence, to help defend health and safety regulations for abortion providers. Kansas City-area physicians challenged the rules in federal court and then in state court.

The same law firm also received more than $116,000 for work on a federal lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union against a law restricting private insurance coverage for elective abortions.

Comments

pace 2 years, 6 months ago

While ID theft is destroying homes and retirements, the government , state and federal do nothing. Crime against community is being directed to private financial services as a fee based industry. ID theft more than 1 every minute. Billions lost. The AG should be working for us, not against our rights. Why isn't it the AG's job to fight ID theft and consumer fraud? Because some corporation is making a killing on our plight. The state and federal government is ignoring the community needs. Shame. Privatizing global crime fighting is criminal.

jafs 2 years, 6 months ago

Should read "taxpayers" rather than the AG's office, since that's where they get the money.

I want my money back!

verity 2 years, 6 months ago

When the well runs dry from the tax cuts, will the state have to stop doing this?

JayhawkFan1985 2 years, 6 months ago

With all the lawyers the AG has on staff, why do they always have to hire private firms? State employees could do it for a fraction the cost. What a waste of money. Btw, why not report how much planned parenthood was denied relative to what it cost the state defending their BS decision.

JayhawkFan1985 2 years, 6 months ago

The GOP war on women continues in the AGs office. Let's hope the next election brings a major change to this otherwise wonderful state. We have a real shot due to redistricting by the courts.

Kate Rogge 2 years, 6 months ago

Qui bono? Who benefits from the Brownback administration's attacks on women's healthcare and social services benefits to single women parents? What would make them worth his while to pursue, and why make them a centerpiece of his administration? Where will he finally stop? GPS ankle bracelets for pregnant Kansas women? Pregnancy jails? Deaths?

Patricia Davis 2 years, 6 months ago

Personally I think anytime a woman gets pregnant and the father choses not to be responsible, the father should be castrated. As the repubs like to remind us, better decisions are made when people have skin in the game.

50YearResident 2 years, 6 months ago

Brownback is getting his religious agenda shoved onto all Kansas residents and turned into law at the expense of Kansas Taxpayers. It's ironic because religious women made it possible (by voting for him), for him to accomplish his goals and now they are complaining about the results. Think , before the next election, is this the right man to be govenor?

verity 2 years, 6 months ago

"It's ironic because religious women made it possible (by voting for him), for him to accomplish his goals and now they are complaining about the results."

Not trying to get in your face---I am genuinely curious as to why you say this. I've not seen proof that the religious women who voted for Brownback have turned on him. Sometimes we are complicit in our own bondage or don't even realize we are in bondage.

woodscolt 2 years, 6 months ago

The right wing wacko's, as prescribed by them, have reduced the states(nations) income so they can then claim "Well we're broke" so we have to cut and destroy anything and everything that benefit people. However, the wackos can always come up with money to be a nanny state to force people to live by their wacko rules.

Jayhawk1958 2 years, 6 months ago

The Kansas Forces of Evil-Brownback, Kobach, and Schmidt.

JackMcKee 2 years, 6 months ago

if Schmidt can't do his job he should resign. I bet some of the lawyers fighting these laws are doing it pro bono. And they're still beating Foulston at $300 per hour.

JackMcKee 2 years, 6 months ago

Oh, and shouldn't these law firms be prevented from lobbying the state government? Just to be consistent and all.

beatrice 2 years, 6 months ago

He said he would create jobs -- don't jobs for lawyers count? And to think, some might criticize Brownback for this.

JackMcKee 2 years, 6 months ago

and they get paid, to lose. It's almost as good a gig as weatherman.

JackMcKee 2 years, 6 months ago

I'm sure Schmidt is competent enough to lose. Right? I'm not really sure what we got for our money here.

purplesage 2 years, 6 months ago

How about the liberals who can't accept the will of the people of KS and go to court over everything they don't like have cost the state $644 million? But I do agree that Schmidt's office should do the job. It has to be cheaper than the exoribitant fees charged by lawyers. It is one of the biiggest obstacles to justice in our country today.

Patricia Davis 2 years, 6 months ago

Personally I think the biggest obstacles to justice in our country today is the Supreme Court.

JackMcKee 2 years, 6 months ago

It has to be embarrassing to these firms to have this information so public. Especially when we all get to watch their crack teams of attorneys go down in flames.

Pastor_Bedtime 2 years, 6 months ago

These idiots would gladly drain our coffers to save one bunch of cells, and would soon afterward dislocate their arms patting themselves on the back.

Cait McKnelly 2 years, 6 months ago

Just out of curiosity, how many school lunches, art and music teachers, well child visits, prenatal checkups and Head Start centers would $644,000 fund/buy?

pace 2 years, 6 months ago

I can't find any recent reports on Brownback's or Kobach'sapproval ratings.

verity 2 years, 6 months ago

You may have already seen these as they are at least a month old:

From the Topeka Capital-Journal, April 28, 2012: "Survey USA puts Gov's approval at 34 percent."

Another place, dated May 10, said 30%, but I haven't been able to verify that.

Posted April 30, 2012: "A ‘FactFinder’ survey by KWCH 12 n Wichita indicates that none of the leading political figures in Kansas are very popular with the voters right now. . . .

The best performance is by the state’s newest member of the Senate, Jerry Moran. 44% approve of Moran’s work in Washington; 28% disapprove; another 28% are unsure.

Senator Pat Roberts gets a 43% approval rating; 34% disapprove; 23 are unsure.

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback’s approval rating is at 34%; 44% disapprove; 21% are unsure.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s approval rating stands at 32%; 37% disapprove and 32% are not sure of Kobach’s performance."

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