Archive for Thursday, March 15, 2012

Critics say Kobach not focused on Kansas office

March 15, 2012


— Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says claims by critics that his personal schedule shows he's not focused on his official duties are unfounded.

Kobach made the comment Thursday following a news conference by members of Kansans Count, a coalition that opposes his legislative initiatives. The group released information gleaned from Kobach's office calendar from January 2011 through mid-February 2012.

The coalition said the records show Kobach had at least 186 interviews and appearances with media organizations outside Kansas during that period.

Kobach is a former law professor who's known nationally for helping to draft tough laws aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration in Alabama and Arizona. He has said that he handles such work in his spare time.


Michael LoBurgio 5 years, 8 months ago

Our moonlighting secretary of state

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.

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Jeff Zamrzla 5 years, 8 months ago

If he's doing the state's business, how come he has so much spare time? Either we pay him too much or he needs more to do if he wants to keep his salary.

parco814 5 years, 8 months ago

In a way, it's reassuring if he isn't focused on Kansas. We've got enough problems as it is with our state government, a top contender for one of the very worst in the nation. Kobach would make us the champion in that sorry category without much effort on his part.

Scott Tichenor 5 years, 8 months ago

Anyone that voted for this klown and thought he had anything in mind other than pushing his radical agenda isn't playing with a full deck. Of course he's not concentrating on his state duties. Love this quote:

"Kobach is a former law professor who's known nationally for helping to draft tough laws aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration in Alabama and Arizona. He has said that he handles such work in his spare time."

If you're not doing the state's work then ALL THE TIME is spare time.

kernal 5 years, 8 months ago

Is someone actually surprised by this?

Voters just couldn't get past the fear of illegal immigrants and most of the unfounded b.s. they were fed by the extreme right members of the GOP, so they did the lemming dance (apologies to lemmings) right off the cliff. I wouldn't be surprised if it gets worse before it's over. Take a look at the voters in the Deep South. Same sort of malarky going on down there with St. Santorum.

Paul R Getto 5 years, 8 months ago

Keep Fear Alive: Guns, gods and gays is just about all they've got.

Brock Masters 5 years, 8 months ago

The SOS job is a do-nothing job; probably part-time at best. I'd like to see specifics of where Kobach has been negligent in his duties. Where has he or his office failed to perform at a satisfactory or above level?

Where was the scrutiny of McKinney when he was SOS? He is a rancher and no one can tell me that he did not conduct the affairs of his ranching business while in office.

Or where was the outrage when Sebelius was out campaigning for Obama?

I agree that we must hold our elected officials accountable, but let's be fair when doing it.

Bob_Keeshan 5 years, 8 months ago

A quick perusal of the history of Kansas verifies there has never been a Secretary of State named McKinney.

Brock Masters 5 years, 8 months ago

Facts mean a lot to me. So show me the facts and if you're rigth I'll admit it.

Brock Masters 5 years, 8 months ago

Yep, you're right. State Treasurer, but the point is still valid. The guy was appointed to a statewide job and didn't quit his other job.

Paul R Getto 5 years, 8 months ago

BAA: Being just a fancy clerk with sufficient staff, Kobach is "getting the job done." This is a symbolic issue for both sides. KK is trying to save us from evil immigrants; the Democrats see it as a way to pick at him. This will all pass, but we'll spend a lot of state money cleaning up KK's santorum and KK will make a lot of private income writing stuff that will run up other state's legal bills.

David Reynolds 5 years, 8 months ago

Is there a point to all if this chatter?

All the complaining will accomplish what, specifically?

Calijhawk 5 years, 8 months ago

I'm still looking for bluekansas' account of any laws Kobach has broken, or any ethics violations he has committed. Obviously, as an attorney, he knows what he can do and what he can't . Just as obviously, he is very open and meticulous in the reporting of his income streams, or bluekansas' would never be able to obtain the figures.

Like the rest of us who are paid on salary, as long as the job gets done, our time is our time, and our employer doesn't own it...even if the employer is our fellow citizens.

deec 5 years, 8 months ago

Perhaps he should be made to use the accountability programs that I understand were introduced to SRS and other state employees a year or so ago. He should have to record his activities in 5 minute increments . Alternately, if the SOS job leaves so much spare time, why not switch it over to an hourly wage job? Then taxpayers can save money by only paying for hours actually working on duties of his job. $7.25/hour sounds about right.

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