Archive for Friday, November 2, 2012

Davis: Brownback’s campaign should pay for mailers

November 2, 2012


— Kansas House Democratic Leader Paul Davis says Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's campaign fund should reimburse the state for the costs of a brochure about income tax cuts mailed to 146,000 business owners.

Davis held a news conference Friday to criticize the brochure and suggest it represents electioneering. The Department of Revenue began mailing them Wednesday, six days before next week's election.

Davis called on Brownback to tap his campaign funds to reimburse the department for the $52,000 it spent to print and mail the brochures.

Brownback spokeswoman Sherriene Jones-Sontag ignored that comment and said the brochures were designed to educate business owners about the tax cuts enacted earlier this year.

The brochure answers questions about the tax cuts. But it also quotes a complimentary Wall Street Journal editorial.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 7 months ago

"The brochure answers questions about the tax cuts. But it also quotes a complimentary Wall Street Journal editorial."

The inclusion of the quote from the WSJ makes it unequivocally clear that this was a partisan, political mailing. If the governor isn't prohibited from abusing state resources in such ways, he should be.

Thomas Bryce Jr. 5 years, 7 months ago

Why am I not surprised by the actions of this administration?" Rules? We don't need no Stinkin Rules. We have THE LORD on our side. Breakin Laws in the name of Christianity! Hallelujah!" Thanks Gov. Brownback. Kansas is definitely a model for the rest of the nation. It may not be the outcome YOU wanted,though.

Armstrong 5 years, 7 months ago

Davis would not be squalking if the tax info mailers had gone out after the election.

Thomas Bryce Jr. 5 years, 7 months ago

I agree because then it could not be construed as information meant to influence an election. Since Brownback sent it out BEFORE the election, it IS meant to influence the Election. He(or his Attorneys) should have thought of that before mailing them.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 7 months ago

If it contained a highly political editorial comment, as this one does, the complaint would be valid.

I wonder if they'll be sending out mailers to all the employees of these "job creators" explaining why their taxes are going up so that the taxes of their employers can be eliminated. And shouldn't that go out before the election, too?

KS 5 years, 7 months ago

Bozo, my bet it that you have not even seen the flyer!

tomatogrower 5 years, 7 months ago

It isn't even the timing. If it was an informational brochure, then there wouldn't be praises put in. It would simply be this is what the new system means to you, and what you need to do. Just makes me want to vote against his cronies even more.

Kathy Theis-Getto 5 years, 7 months ago

Cjonline has a more complete article which tells a bit more about the mailers. Informational mailers are normally black and white and not sent first class. Informational flyers do not contain opinions ( lies) of a partisan nature. Keep up the good fight Paul and Joan!

costello 5 years, 7 months ago

I got one of those flyers, and I'm not a business owner. I was confused by it. It came with a pile of other political advertising. I threw it away with the others. Kind of wish I'd kept it and looked more closely. It did have the appearance of an advertisement, but it was from a state agency.

I am in the process of trying to start up a small business, but I'm not sure how the state would know that. I've met with an adviser at KU Small Business Development. Maybe they gave them my name and address? Even at that, I saw no reason to send me tax info yet. If the business gets off the ground, I'll consult the tax forms and instructions when it comes time to file - not some glossy mailer. If it was intended to be informational, it was less that useful.

Centerville 5 years, 7 months ago

Do you really want to open that door? What about those creepy Kathleen Sibilius life-size cutouts every time a state agency had a display? There wasn't even any useful information there.

JackMcKee 5 years, 7 months ago

When is Cromwell going to reimburse the city for the utility bill mailings before the library vote? It's exactly the same thing. Government resources used to disseminate propaganda that supports one political position. In Cromwell's case, it was that bull manure about level of accreditation.

If you cry about this but didn't criticize Cromwell for what he did, well, you're a hypocrite. In fact, what Cromwell did was far worse. He has some personal interest in getting that library project approved.

For the record, I find both repugnant abuses of public power.

JackMcKee 5 years, 7 months ago

As long as we're on the subject of Cromwell. Have the rest of you figured out yet that you're getting about 1/2 of the trash service that you were before, yet paying the same monthly cost? Cromwell pulled another fast one over on the dupes of Lawrence.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 7 months ago

"As long as we're on the subject of Cromwell."

You're the only one who's on the subject of Cromwell. OCD much?

JackMcKee 5 years, 7 months ago

You sure love yourself some Cromwell.

Centerville 5 years, 7 months ago

Davis is mistaken. This will only hurt the Republicans, as everyone knows that people who earn a living, especially people trying to maintain a business, absolutely HATE having their taxes cut.

Dick Sengpiehl 5 years, 7 months ago

Rep Davis is correct. Brownback has about a 35% approval rating in Kansas. Can't wait for two more yrs when he can be voted out of office. It's amazing how one man can cause So much damage in 2 yrs. I think he's hoping that Willard Romney will win so he can be appointed to some job.

Orwell 5 years, 7 months ago

Brownback thinks THE core function of government is to promote Brownback. We can't afford offices that provide state services, but we can always find the money to hype NoSanity Sam.

texburgh 5 years, 7 months ago

And we should not forget that Sherriene Jones-Sontag is the wife of Derick Sontag, Executive Director of Americans for Prosperity - the Koch-funded anti-government anti-tax organization that funded the war on moderate Republicans and now the war on Democrats with their allies at the Koch-funded Kansas Chamber PAC. If you don't believe the Chamber PAC is Koch-funded, go to the Ethics commission website and read their PAC report - Koch Industries, Murfin Drilling (petroleum drillers in Wichita) and Crossland Construction contributed nearly every dollar they had - hundreds of thousands of dollars.

This mailer is just another part of their political campaign. What they fail to point out is that the tax plan will bankrupt the state treasury (dropping revenue by $2.5 billion in five years - about 40% of the state general fund budget). In addition, it will eliminate income taxes on a number of Koch Industries LLCs, saving David and Charles millions. And it sets up a system of income tax for the state in which business owners pay no income tax and their employees do. So Physicians who are partners in their practices - no income tax; the nurses and assistants running the practice - income tax. Lawyers who are partners - no income tax; law clerks and secretaries - income tax.

but I guess that sounds fair to a lot of voters.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 7 months ago

Face it neither WOMEN nor Republicans nor Democrats nor the Middle class can afford the Republican Party!

-- Women will be getting more republican big government in there lives? It is on the way!

--- Public Education is a strong player in new Economic Growth yet republicans starve the system of funding which starves our teachers of resources. Which starves the desired level of education = stealing from our children’s future.

--- "Rebuilding America's Defences," openly advocates for total global military domination” (Very dangerous position which threatens OUR freedoms and the nations security)

--- The repub party declared the day Obama was elected their primary function would be to make Obama a one term president. Consequently their millions of NO votes became the disastrous campaign against women,The USA and jobs for Americans.

--- Republicans want to kill PBS and NPR - NO I want my tax dollars to support PBS and NPR

--- Publicopoly Exposed frankly is a threat to Democracy - ALEC

--- Killing Social Security Insurance Is Not An Option.

--- Killing Medicare Insurance is simply not an option.

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