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Statehouse Live: Brownback asking lobbyists to contribute to 14 GOP state Senate candidates

September 24, 2012

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— Gov. Sam Brownback is asking lobbyists to contribute during a fundraiser for 14 Republican state Senate candidates.

Sponsors of the event, which will be held later today, must contribute $1,000 to each of the candidates, for a total of $14,000, and donors, $500, for a total of $7,000, according to an invitation obtained by the Lawrence Journal-World.

The candidates who will be helped are Tom Arpke, Elaine Bowers, Jim Denning, Mitch Holmes, Dan Kerschen, Forrest Knox, Jacob LaTurner, Jeff Melcher, Michael O'Donnell, Larry Powell, Bob Reader, Greg Smith, Caryn Tyson and Kay Wolf.

Many of those candidates defeated Republican incumbents during the August GOP primary. They were helped by Brownback, the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, the Koch brothers and Americans for Prosperity.

According to the invitation, the 14 candidates will be in attendance at event, which will be hosted at the office of the law firm of Polsinelli Shughart in Topeka.

The current list of sponsors is a Who's Who of lobbyists who represent interests in the Statehouse, and people and organizations tied to Brownback.

The list of sponsors are Polsinelli Shughart, Road Map Political Action Committee, Kensinger & Associates, Stafford Consulting, Hickam Public Affairs, JE Dunn, John Peterson (Capitol Strategies), Kansas Dental Association, Federico Consulting Inc., Gaches, Braden & Associates, Jon Small, Whitney Damron, Brad Smoot and Larrie Ann Brown, Kansas Chamber of Commerce, Kathy Damron, Tuck Duncan, Jerry Moran's Free State PAC, and Ron and Julie Hein.

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mrchips 1 year, 7 months ago

Hey, everyone see that giant billboard featuring Anthony Brown over on north 3rd? Guess who's paying for that one? This state is going to hell in a hand-basket. Good thing we're adding some more Catholics to the mix!I

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mrchips 1 year, 7 months ago

Pie faced....doughy.....republicans.....blah, blah, blah....shallow....bloodlust....global warming....yippiddy....end of times....burp! Non-thinkers unite!

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verity 1 year, 7 months ago

Overturn Citizen's United.

Public financing of all political campaigns.

The only way to keep government from being bought.

We can fight, argue and whine about all the rest, but this is the only thing that will stop the problem at the root.

Money does not equate freedom of speech.

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Larry Sturm 1 year, 7 months ago

What a corrupt Governor we have buying congress with lobbyists and then threatening them with no state contracts if they don't.

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Sparko 1 year, 7 months ago

Need to get the graft and money out of Kansas state government. Brownback has sure brought the hard times and Taliban.

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ibroke 1 year, 7 months ago

well he is a republican who do you expect him to have the lobbyists contribute to??? DUH people,,,,,, think about it

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jafs 1 year, 7 months ago

The best government money can buy.

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blindrabbit 1 year, 7 months ago

Yet another update on the airplane window story. Apparently Romney is not a dumb as we thought with regard to roll down windows in airplanes, and his business acumen is coming to the forefront. Mitten remembered that when the American Motors Rambler Plant was closed by his father Goerge, that there was an abundance of extra window cranks that were surplussed out. Never missing a business chance, Mitt had these items stored (for a "rainy day") in his house where they were lowered into the basement on his wife's Cadillac elevator .When the smoke in cockpit incident happened on Ann's airplane, Mitt called both Boeing and AirBus to see if the might be interested in incorporating in their future productions. It turns out the old Rambler window cranks have jumped in value, make sure you check your old car parts bins before junking them. out

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blindrabbit 1 year, 7 months ago

And we thought Dubya was one brick short of a load!

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blindrabbit 1 year, 7 months ago

Hot of the press, to futher confirm the Republican Dumbing Down, and this ain't no bull. Romney provided more fodder for the Saturday Night Live cast today by wondering why airplane windows don't roll down. In all seriousness, Romney was concerned that when his wife's airplane was forced to make a emergency landing in Denver on Sunday due to smoke in the cabin that the airplanes windows did not open to let smoke out and oxygen in. Did this guy skip the science class in high school and get too enthralled in religion classes and loose all common sense.

Just let him keep talking, I'd love to see Big Dog Clinton get ahold of his arse in a debate. The bloodshed would be gross. Obama will have no problem skinning this guy alive, and the Biden/Ryan should be a real treat.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 7 months ago

This is how Brownback gets rid of republicans in the primary. Then brings in his Rt Wing Libertarian Neocon Fundamentalist Tea Party for Economic Terrorism posing as republicans.

In which case true republicans cannot afford these Brownback puppets. Yes republicans do get screwed around by Brownback thinkers.

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blindrabbit 1 year, 7 months ago

Sage: All I can say to you is to listen to Aerosmith and Dream On. "Dream on, dream on, dream on, dream until you warped dreams come true".

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blindrabbit 1 year, 7 months ago

autie: The reason so many Kansans vote against their best interest. A good synopsis of this can be found in Thomas Frank's "What the Matter with Kansas". But the real reason, many Kansas republican voters were co-opted by the right religious wingnuts and fundalmentalists. This has come about because of the shift to a more "Southern" way of thinking characterized by hints of and overt racism, abortion issues, gay right issues, liberal bashing and worst of all, a acceptance of the "Dumbing Down", the darling vogue of the religious right.

The interesting thing about this shift is the willingness of the dittoheaded republicans to accept what in reality is detrimental to their own well being. Allowing the wealthy to control their destiny by blindly accepting this line at the same time as the controllers want to take away the advantages of the group. In reality the controllers (Koch's, Brownback, Hanraty, Limbaugh, Beck, Dobbs, Palin, Rove, Boehner and McConnell) could give a fig about this gullible group, feeding them a line of crap while securing their vote with some religious guilt.

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Centerville 1 year, 7 months ago

This is for open seat races, not restricted to conservative Rs. Kay Wolf is getting her share and even on her most sane day wouldn't be considered conservative.
But, hey, nice try.

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question4u 1 year, 7 months ago

Sam must be irritated. When that loyalty oath thing fell through last spring it cost him a lot of time. Now he has to solicit funds from lobbyists to make sure that his yes men and women will be elected. But why is he so scared? It certainly can't be because he thinks that Democrats have any power in Kansas. We know that he keeps close tabs on the opposition. What does he know about moderate Republicans? Does he think that his extremist agenda has actually forced them into supporting Democrats? Or has power just made him paranoid?

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Constitutional_Malfeasance 1 year, 7 months ago

This is what all politicians do. Why is this newsworthy? Should he ask that they contribute to Democrats too?

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autie 1 year, 7 months ago

Why do so many Kansans vote against their own best interest?

I would imagine all of those folks will win. And we will all suffer as the sharp sword of ALEC cuts into our daily lives. And make sure to spruce up your houses because the property tax is going to go up..again and again.

How is that a free market when your bought and paid for guys give you whatever you want? sounds like a stacked deck to me.

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jackpot 1 year, 7 months ago

"$500, for a total of $700"? Miss a zero?

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Centerville 1 year, 7 months ago

Rather than whine about it, host one for your own.

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WilburM 1 year, 7 months ago

There is a three-word phrase that describes this shake-down: "Pay to Play." this is almost exactly what Tom DeLay and others put forward ten years ago. Depending on how it's structured it may be legal, but it crosses the ethical line. It's basically payment for access, with the governor offering the lobbyists a deal that they "cannot refuse." Right out of the Sopranos.

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SageonPage 1 year, 7 months ago

Good work Governor, let's keep the momentum rolling to take back our Country and to keep the liberals at bay and out of power!! A return to tax cuts and the fresh air of the free market will turn our State and Country around and get it moving in the right direction!

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