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Americans for Prosperity mailers arriving in support of Republican candidates

October 11, 2012


— Campaign mailers from the Koch-founded Americans for Prosperity that are aimed at defeating Democrats in state legislative races have started arriving in mailboxes around northeast Kansas.

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Americans for Prosperity postcard ( .PDF )

The mailers are identical except interchanging the names and photos of Republican candidates, and praising those candidates as ones who will fight spending, cut taxes, and "stop ObamaCare."

Because AFP is considered an issue advocacy group, it does not have to disclose how much it spends or who donates to it. The organization was founded by billionaires Charles and David Koch who run Kansas-based Koch Industries and who finance numerous conservative political groups.

State Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, whose Republican opponent Casey Moore is praised in the one of the mailers, said AFP was "up to their old tricks again." AFP dumped an unknown amount of money in the August Republican Party primary, in which eight moderate Republicans were ousted. Gov. Sam Brownback was involved in some of the races to defeat moderates.

"They are backing candidates who support Gov. Brownback's agenda to make further cuts to public education and social services, all so that AFP and similar groups can benefit from the irresponsible Brownback income tax cuts," Hensley said.

Brownback signed into law tax cuts that exempt the owners of 191,000 partnerships, sole proprietorships and other businesses from income taxes, and drop the top individual income tax rate from 6.45 percent to 4.9 percent.

Legislative researchers say the cuts will produce revenue shortfalls approaching $2.5 billion. Brownback says the cuts will grow the economy.

Hensley also noted that AFP's claim that Republican state legislative candidates will stop ObamaCare is untrue since that is a federal law. A spokesman for the Kansas chapter of AFP couldn't be immediately reached for comment, but AFP has defended its use of ObamaCare as an issue in state legislative races.

The Lawrence Journal-World obtained copies of AFP mailers that tout state Rep. Anthony Brown, R-Eudora, who faces state Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, in the 3rd Senate District race; Dick Barta, the Republican challenger to state Sen. Laura Kelly, D-Topeka, in the 18th Senate District; and the Hensley-Moore matchup in the 19th Senate District. Hensley said similar mailers are being found in other districts as well.


GUMnNUTS 5 years, 4 months ago

Can't wait to get mine, bird cage needs new lining.

costello 5 years, 4 months ago

I got mine last night. It went directly into the trash.

headdoctor 5 years, 4 months ago

If they did go to Nicodemus it was a waste of postage. The citizens there have more understanding of the political system and dates in one of their little fingers than the entire Kansas Republican party.

It is hard to say in the end how Graham County residents will vote. One thing for sure is they see what Brownback is doing, what he wants to do and they are not impressed. Many are concerned that Western Kansas will be left as a waste land.

Independentandproud 5 years, 4 months ago

Anthony Hensley has spent too much time under the dome and has lost his way. Kansans have made it clear they do not support the failed polices he advocates of ever increasing taxes and more state spending. It’s time for Anthony to move on and stop driving jobs out of the state.

James Nelson 5 years, 4 months ago

You have absolutely no idea of the good Sen. Hensley has done in his years serving Kansans in the statehouse. He has exposed many underhanded attempts at hurting the poor and middle class so that the rich could benefit unnecessarily. I say "thank God" for Anthony Hensley and if he should be beaten we will just be that much closer to an open class warfare brought on by the rich and their political stooges through their endless assault upon the fairminded treatment of the less fortunate. Every move they make is designed to line the pockets of the rich. Enough is enough.

Stuart Sweeney 5 years, 4 months ago

Are the Koch boys not proud of who they support and have to hide behind a fictitious group like this?

tomatogrower 5 years, 4 months ago

Oh great, more recycling. Think I'll reuse instead. I wonder if I can pick up the dog's business with it?

Steve Jacob 5 years, 4 months ago

Got one today promoting Anthony Brown. Any candidate that gets PAC money from Kobach and mailers funded by AFP gets no support from me.

What bugs me the most about the Koch brothers is how much they have made under the four years with Obama has been in office. Is that not enough.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 4 months ago

It will be interesting to see how many lies they spew in it.

5 years, 4 months ago

I await with bated breath the story that begins, "Topeka — Radio ads from the abortion-funded Pro Kan Do PAC that are aimed at defeating Republicans in state legislative races have started playing on radio stations around northeast Kansas."

chootspa 5 years, 4 months ago

Since when do abortions have enough money to fund anything?

5 years, 4 months ago

Oh, chootspa, so much to learn:

"Topeka — In the closing days of last year's election for attorney general, high-profile abortion doctor George Tiller, of Wichita, contributed more than $150,000 to try to defeat Republican Phill Kline, according to campaign finance records.

But the public knew nothing about it.

The contributions did not have to be reported until after the election, and even then, because Tiller's contributions were moved through two political action committees, it was difficult to determine who was spending what on whom...

But I'm sure Tiller earned all that money from providing ear exams to the needy poor.

chootspa 5 years, 4 months ago

A story about a man who was murdered several years ago doesn't answer my question.

Where are they putting the money? Abortions don't have pockets.

5 years, 4 months ago

Clever hyper-literalism really does not befit you, I'm afraid. I just thought I'd tell you in case no one else will do so.

chootspa 5 years, 4 months ago

I'm sorry you're afraid. Perhaps you should try hyper literalism. I find it disarms hyperbolic false-equivalency arguments.

5 years, 4 months ago

Disarms? Not really. Distracts, perhaps. "Oh, look! A squirrel!" seldom satisfies for very long. But, you know, whatever you have to do.

chootspa 5 years, 4 months ago

Only in your case, you shout "abortion" instead of squirrel. Yes, I know how that works.

chootspa 5 years, 4 months ago

The Americans on this website are mainly against misleadingly named PACs used as cat's paws by ultra wealthy ideologues interested in wealth redistribution via corporate welfare and sweetheart deals, but you're free to believe in the lies they're selling you. Enjoy your cognitive dissonance.

chootspa 5 years, 4 months ago

No. Sweetheart deals like what's given to big oil, where the Kochs happen to have some very profitable interests. Solyndra got a loan. Fossil fuels get subsidies, tax breaks, and other sweetheart deals that they're not expected to repay. Oh, and what a coincidence, they also fund PACS that make misleading ads about Solyndra.

chootspa 5 years, 4 months ago

We used to have real conservatives. They believed in the public good, and they just worked to make sure the money was spent wisely. Now we have crazy people who worship big money and let other people write their bills.

headdoctor 5 years, 4 months ago

Funny how Solyndra keeps getting brought up. The company was picked by Bush. They didn't get the loan done before Obama took office. Darn those pesky facts.

Katara 5 years, 4 months ago

"Solyndra, based in Silicon Valley, formed in 2005 with a blockbuster idea: a unique type of solar cell, cylinders that didn't require pricey silicon, which promised to make them cheaper than their rivals.

In 2006, the U.S. Department of Energy invited the company to apply for a new loan guarantee program, a program created with the support of a majority of Republicans, who controlled Congress at the time.

The company's December 2006 pre-application was enough to vault it into a group of 16 applicants invited to submit full applications in 2007. By early January 2009, Solyndra's file had been reviewed by the department's credit committee and returned with a request for further analysis. On Jan. 15, the loan program office said "due diligence" for the Solyndra loan was scheduled to be complete by March 2009. The money was going to build a gleaming new factory in Fremont, Calif."

The groundwork for the loan had already been laid by the Bush Administration.

classclown 5 years, 4 months ago

How is this worthy of a news article? What exactly makes it news? This is nothing more than propaganda. I find stuff for Democrat candidates either hanging of the doorknob or stuck in between the door and jamb all the time.

Just today I found one for Tom Holland folded up and wedged between the door and the jamb. Thanks to the A-holes that do that. Who can I send the bill to when I have to fix the door or buy another one because it no longer hangs in the frame correctly? I'd much prefer to have mailers clog up my mailbox and throw them away then have to pry them from my doorway to throw them away.

As a matter of fact, don't even come to my door.

5 years, 4 months ago

" What exactly makes it news?"

It's not news, unless anyone sending campaign lit for any candidate is news, in which case, as I mentioned, I await with bated breath for word that the teachers' unions or the abortion providers have mailed their lit.

But it is an opportunity to say "billionaires Charles and David Koch," which is like catnip to a certain Lawrence demographic. Purr, little kitties, purr. And don't forget to renew your subscriptions.

mcallaigh 5 years, 4 months ago

A liberal flyer broke your door.... really??? I think the retainer on an attorney is gonna be pretty high. The tears might cause the wood door frame to expand so be careful.

jafs 5 years, 4 months ago

Send the bill to whichever candidate sent the last one, if your door actually breaks, although I seriously doubt it will.

And, I suppose if you really don't want anybody putting flyers there, you could post a sign "No flyers or soliciting", or something like that.

headdoctor 5 years, 4 months ago

There are about 3 so called churches in town that are far worse about banging on doors or forcing tracts and flyers where they don't belong. I keep my screen door locked and the Heritage Baptists pulled my handle off of it once.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 4 months ago

Biden did very well ANSWERING questions as Ryan rambled on many times in an effort to avoid revealing the Romney-Ryan positions.

"Biden was often rolling his eyes and smiling or laughing, as if Ryan's responses were beyond belief." Perhaps they were!

How many times did Paul Ryan not answer the questions ? Plenty

"Ryan chided his opponent at one point, "but I think people would be better served if we don't keep interrupting each other." Romney did that plenty!

Romney/Ryan DO want to privatize medicare and social security which of course brings on ADDITIONAL OVERHEAD AND RISKS which nobody should want. Dumb economics!

Paul Ryan said last night that should should be allowed to make more quicker investing in Wall Street which implies playing Wall Street is a sure bet which of course it is not.....absolutely not. If an investment-firm broker made this claim to his clients, he would be arrested and charged with stock fraud. Michael Milken went to jail for several years for making just this type of promise about financial investments.

With corporations routinely defaulting on their pension promises, more and more workers must rely on their individual wealth to make up the difference. The stock market collapse at the turn of the millennium wiped out much of the financial wealth of middle class Americans, and the collapse of the housing bubble has wiped out much of their remaining wealth.

Making any cuts to Social Security now, either by raising the retirement age or cutting benefits, would have a huge impact on their remaining retirement income and are not necessary to “save the system.

Social Security does not contribute one dime to the deficit. In fact privatizing Social Security Insurance will add trillions to the debt and put the economy at further risk.

Have elected officials which oppose Social Security Insurance lied to the public about Social Security Insurance? Absolutely!

Kathy Theis-Getto 5 years, 4 months ago

Creating a dart board out of ours. Will post pattern on pinterest.

scaramouchepart2 5 years, 4 months ago

Cappy +1

No way Americans for Prosperty want more people in their elitist group.

Katara 5 years, 4 months ago

I take all of the mailers to the recycle bin at one of the elementary schools here in Lawrence. They get money for it.

I like the fact that even though these folks are trying to cut funding to school, they are indirectly providing funds for them through the recycling program.

In fact, I should probably start requesting more literature from these groups.

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