Archive for Friday, October 5, 2012

Jenkins disputes Internet claims on campaign fundraisers

October 5, 2012


TOPEKA— In March 2011, while President Barack Obama and Republicans in Congress were locked in a bitter budget fight, U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, held a number of fundraisers in Washington, D.C., according to a website that compiles information on fundraisers. The Jenkins’ campaign disputes the number of events.

The website lists invitations to 11 fundraisers, including 10 in Washington, for Jenkins during March 2011. Nine of the Washington events were at the members-only National Republican Club of Capitol Hill, according to the website.

To get in to the fundraisers, mostly billed as breakfasts or lunch with Jenkins, cost $2,500 for a host, $1,000 for a political action committee and $500 per person, and the events were limited to six people per event, according to the invitations.

But the Jenkins campaign said some of those events didn’t occur.

Bill Roe, Jenkins’ campaign manager, said in a statement: “In March 2011, Congresswoman Jenkins attended two breakfasts, two lunches, and two dinners, and still managed to: Make every vote including one to prevent a government shutdown; attend every committee meeting; introduce the Kelsey Smith Act; meet with her military advisory board; host a Topeka veterans’ fair, open office hours and several town halls; and the following month voted to pass a budget, something the Democrat-led Senate has failed to do for 1,252 days.”

Jenkins’ Democratic opponent, Tobias Schlingensiepen, a minister from Topeka, has criticized the coziness in Washington between lobbyists and elected officials. He has criticized Jenkins for taking money from big-money interests, such as Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and Bank of America, and then voting in their favor.

“ … the voters of the 2nd District deserve to know that Congresswoman Jenkins is a career politician who has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the banking, finance and insurance industries while voting again and again to support their interests and the same reckless policies that put our nation on the brink of financial collapse,” Schlingensiepen said.

Jenkins has said she is protecting the interests of banks and businesses in the 2nd District by opposing more government regulation.

As of July 18, Jenkins had $1.4 million in campaign cash on hand, while Schlingensiepen had $24,835, according to campaign finance reports.

More on Jenkins’ fundraisers can be found at


Slidell 5 years, 3 months ago

As of July 18, Jenkins had $1.4 million in campaign cash on hand, while Schlingensiepen had $24,835, according to campaign finance reports.

Follow the money going into Lynn Jenkins’s war chest, you will find what feeds her soul.

“He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money. “ Benjamin Franklin

Carol Bowen 5 years, 3 months ago

A list of the top ten donors to Obama's campaign can be found at

I did not find any financial institutions on the list.

Bob Forer 5 years, 3 months ago

Simply put, Jenkins is a whore for the monied special interests.

kernal 5 years, 3 months ago

True of too many politicians over the decades, but the tea party and other conservatives seems to have brought it to a new dimension. Some might say the Koch brothers are their John.

Carol Bowen 5 years, 3 months ago

Everything the Tea Party is for, the Tea Party is against.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 3 months ago

Can Republicans or democrats afford this reckless republican party of the last 32 years?

I cannot afford the reckless repub behaviors the past 32 years represent.

WE must all think about what republicans have left behind for democratic administrations to clean up which BTW is no mean feat

Think about the magnitude of these events which have cost millions upon millions their homes, jobs,retirement programs and medical insurance!

In fact it appears to be policy of republican administrations.

AND they are still trying to steal OUR Social Security Insurance dollars and Medicare Insurance $$$ to pass on to greedy Wall Street investors and campaign contributors. That is simply unacceptable.

It's YOUR money! A few cases in point to be considered :

  1. The Reagan/Bush Savings and Home Loan Heist(Cost taxpayers $1.4 trillion)

Move Your Money

  1. Wall Street Home Loan Bank Fraud on Consumers under Bush/Cheney sent the economy out the window costing taxpayers many many more trillions.

Move Your Money

  1. Only 3 financial institutions were at risk in spite of what Americans were told yet cost taxpayers another trillion $$$ or two.

Move Your Money

  1. Social Security Insurance AT Risk for no reason( This would cost taxpayers $4 trillion, add $300 billion to the debt each of the next 20 years, place taxpayers insurance money at risk and wreck the economy)

Topple 5 years, 3 months ago

I've learned to scroll on past them.

tomatogrower 5 years, 3 months ago

He is just giving references to educate people. Many people, especially those who don't agree with him, don't have an attention span, that's why they prefer sound bites to facts. That's why people who raise more money win, because they can afford to pay for sound bites.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 3 months ago

We know that Lynn Jenkins is supporting Mitt Romney. If she would not do that the reckless spending Karl Rove and the Koch boys would pull their funding.

But why would she support Mitt Romney? He's lying to Lynn Jenkins as well.

Think Progress / By Igor Volsky

Fact Check: Romney Told 27 Myths in 38 Minutes During the Debate

Romney won praise for his performance but only accomplished this goal by repeatedly misleading viewers.

October 4, 2012 | Pundits from both sides of the aisle have lauded Mitt Romney’s strong debate performance, praising his preparedness and ability to challenge President Obama’s policies and accomplishments. But Romney only accomplished this goal by repeatedly misleading viewers. He spoke for 38 minutes of the 90 minute debate and told at least 27 myths:

Ken Lassman 5 years, 3 months ago

Wow: $1.4 million vs. $24,835? That would explain all the huge Jenkins signs all over the place. The big boys can buy her big signs, and they can buy her votes in Congress, but hopefully enough people will see through it all and choose to give their vote to Tobias to be a true Representative for the people of northeast Kansas.

Bob Forer 5 years, 3 months ago

If Tobias had the war chest of Jenkins, he would mop the floor with her. But money talks, especially in the political arena.

ON a more positive note, Mr. Aiken finds himself in more hot water as it was reported yesterday that he failed to include his legislative pensions on the political disclosure form. He didn't think he had to. I guess he thought it was not "legitimate" income, as he and his fellow legislators didn't earn the pensions--they simply passed legislation granting it.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 3 months ago

Generally speaking, because I've met neither Tobias nor Jenkins, but if Tobias did have the money Jenkins had, he would probably be doing just what Jenkins is doing. Conversely, if Jenkins had as little money as Tobias has, she would probably be doing just what Tobias is doing. That is, if they behave as politicians generally behave.

Somewhere we've moved away from the notion of citizen representatives. People who serve for short periods of time and then go back to their chosen profession in their home community. Not serving to line their pockets and then become either a lobbyist or a political appointment.

Maybe Tobias, given his current profession will be different, immune to the corrupting influences of politics. I hope so. Jenkins is a lost soul.

classclown 5 years, 3 months ago

I once referred to someone as a whore once (more specifically an attention whore) and my comment got yanked pretty quick because of that word, so it will be interesting to see how long those two comments up there last..

jhawkinsf 5 years, 3 months ago

It also depends on the time of day. I don't think the moderator is watching in the middle of the night, so a comment posted then might stay up longer, until the moderator has their first cup of coffee.

jafs 5 years, 3 months ago

One distinction is that between politicians and other folks.

Speech about politicians is generally allowed more sway than speech about other forum contributors.

Alex Parker 5 years, 3 months ago

I don't see a problem with it, classclown. The user is expressing his or her opinion about a public figure's fundraising efforts. I'm not sure of the circumstances behind the comment you reference, but if it was targeting a user on the site, that's likely why it was removed. There's much more leeway when it comes to criticizing public figures.

Alex Parker Digital Editor

classclown 5 years, 3 months ago

For the record I didn't flag it. I want to see how this plays out. Maybe the person the word is directed towards makes a difference.

Topple 5 years, 3 months ago

Of course it does. If you haven't figured out that LJWorld visitors are very left-leaning by now...

jhawkinsf 5 years, 3 months ago

I've completed a trifecta of my own. Now that I've been called a member of the left, along with previous claims that I was part of the right and also a libertarian, I've now been associated with every point in the political spectrum. Thanks, Sage.

Katara 5 years, 3 months ago

Get used to it. You'll be labeled every which way just because you don't speak in soundbites.

yourworstnightmare 5 years, 3 months ago

Do as you're told by tea party bosses and enjoy the perks of congress. This is Jenkins' MO.

5 years, 3 months ago

Tobias did a great job at the debate last night, Jenkins really does sound like an echo of her party. She does not represent the average Kansan, she represents big money.

overthemoon 5 years, 3 months ago

She signed the Grover Pledge. She put that allegiance above her oath of office. She's an ALEC plant who has done nothing other than send out fancy 'surveys' with push poll sort of questions so any response agrees with her. I say send her to the salt mines.

OhnaLeeWhonVought 5 years, 3 months ago

1.4 million to 25K ... GEEBUS!! The KS Supremes gave NE Kansas a redistricting gift when they redrew the map. Can the Dems afford to squander this opportunity? Believe me, the Kansas legislature will do everything in their power the next opportunity they get to "correct" the situation. It is obvious that Tobias needs all the financial help he can get. And the nation cannot afford to have anymore bought and paid for representatives in congress to parrot the agendas of a few of the super rich. The masses need to Give $! and Give as much as they can (or at least what they are allowed). But more importantly, give of their time and volunteer! That is the only way to even the playing field..

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