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Americans for Prosperity mailers arriving in support of Republican candidates

October 11, 2012

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— 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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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.

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Katara 1 year, 6 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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tange 1 year, 6 months ago

And I can recall a time before the disqualifying qualifiers when "Americans" was enough.

/ in how many fluffy ways can unAmerican be couched?

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scaramouchepart2 1 year, 6 months ago

Cappy +1

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

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Kirk Larson 1 year, 6 months ago

Americans for the Prosperous.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 6 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. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2010/0111orr.html

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. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2010/0111orr.html

Have elected officials which oppose Social Security Insurance lied to the public about Social Security Insurance? Absolutely! http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2010/0111orr.html

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classclown 1 year, 6 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.

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autie 1 year, 6 months ago

uh, yeah, what chootspa said....AFP equals lies.

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atiopatioo 1 year, 6 months ago

Why are so many Americans on this web site against prosperity? It seems odd considering the millions and millions of people signing up for food stamps. Unless, the new American normal is food stamps is prosperity.

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1 year, 6 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."

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 6 months ago

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

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Steve Jacob 1 year, 6 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.

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tomatogrower 1 year, 6 months ago

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

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Stuart Sweeney 1 year, 6 months ago

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

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Independentandproud 1 year, 6 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.

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KansasLiberal 1 year, 6 months ago

I'm surprised that AFP isn't sending mailers to Democrats telling them the wrong day to vote, like they have in other states.

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GUMnNUTS 1 year, 6 months ago

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

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markoo 1 year, 6 months ago

In other breaking news, the Kansas Republican party has shifted even further to the far extremist Right.

More obvious details soon to follow.....

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