Archive for Monday, September 24, 2012

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

September 24, 2012


— 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.


SageonPage 5 years, 2 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!

Bobby Burch 5 years, 2 months ago

Our state was doing just fine before (more of) his massive tax cuts — therefore "a return to tax cuts" is not needed. And "turning our state around" would mean diverting from a budgetary plan that earned the state $500M in revenue last year. Great idea, Sageon ...

Bob Reinsch 5 years, 2 months ago

From whom is the Governor taking the country back? The 98%? And giving it to whom? The Koch Brothers and their ilk?

Bobby Burch 5 years, 2 months ago

Yeah, them darn liberals with their laziness rewards, productive penalties and plans to enable a government-dependent society!

It's obviously worked for the lazy Kansans working in agriculture who've received millions from Brownback's farm subsidies ... Spread the word, Brownback's a socialist!

bad_dog 5 years, 2 months ago

Yes, you're correct. Brownback's a taker not a giver when it comes to farm subsidies.

frankfussman 5 years, 2 months ago the poor, elderly, disabled, etc. You would probably like to see them die.

chootspa 5 years, 2 months ago

How dare he suggest that people make their own personal decisions about which types of health interventions they desire at age 100!!?1111! Socialism!111!!!1

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 2 months ago

"Okay, I shouldn't respond to that because you are twisting the message as usual. "

No, chootspa was untwisting the schizoid treatment you and other Rushbots put on anything you touch.

question4u 5 years, 2 months ago

"the unproductive": for example, children who will see the quality of education in Kansas drop like a rock or retired people who will see their benefits cut.

But , hey if we roll back those "liberal" child labor laws, then our 13-year-olds can be productive again and if we cut healthcare for seniors we can force them back into the workplace. Yes, Brownback has a wonderful plan to make those "unproductive" people earn their way. Why should Kansas kids expect the "goodies" of education? Clear, not everyone

Michael LoBurgio 5 years, 2 months ago

U.S. Spends $59 Billion on Social Welfare…$92 Billion on Corporate Welfare

the numbers clearly show that corporations are “mooching” off the government at a much higher rate than 47% of citizens.

WilburM 5 years, 2 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.

Bob_Keeshan 5 years, 2 months ago

Worth noting the second name on the list -- Kensinger & Associates.

Kensginer went straight from being a lobbyist to being a state employee (Chief of Staff) to being a lobbyist.

That's the kind of revolving door Kansans are clamoring for...

texburgh 5 years, 2 months ago

Road Map for Kansas PAC is Kensinger's too.

Centerville 5 years, 2 months ago

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

jackpot 5 years, 2 months ago

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

headdoctor 5 years, 2 months ago

Alec is nothing more than a legal organized group promoting NeoLiberal economic ideology. It allows for the wealthy, politicians, large businesses and corporation members to lay the ground work in an attempt to restructure control of the US Government to their specifications without actually committing treason. If they succeed with this more subtle approach the end result will be similar to what was intended with the 1933 coup attempt.

Orwell 5 years, 2 months ago

Not all politicians tell all the lobbyists that it will cost them $7,000 – 14,000 if they want their clients to have any chance with the legislature. This is the Kansas version of the "permanent Republican majority" strategy that led to so much corruption in Washington.

Thanks again, Governor.

question4u 5 years, 2 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?

jafs 5 years, 2 months ago

Good question.

Moderate R in KS face a difficult decision, I would think, this November.

If more moderates had won in the primaries, it would be easier for them. But, now they have to decide whether to vote for conservative R, or D.

It'll be interesting to see which way they go.

Of course, they might choose not to vote at all.

Centerville 5 years, 2 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.

Bob_Keeshan 5 years, 2 months ago

"open seat" races meaning the incumbent Republican was defeated in the primary.

blindrabbit 5 years, 2 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.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 2 months ago

This is Kansas. “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'” Isaac Asimov

LizofLawrence 5 years, 2 months ago

If you read one thing in your life read the post of blindrabbit he or she has it figured out. "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." Racism see it every day. Abortion issues cuts down their base (More Whites Get Abortions). Let people choose their life style. If you speak up or think you are liberal. Just be because someone says Jesus it does not make them HOLY.

Are we becoming the Middle East? The North Won The Civil War!

oldexbeat 5 years, 2 months ago

What ? "Liberation theology" "tendencies toward socialism" "Pro-death"

Guess you must have read something with big words. I have No Theology outside of loving the Universe. I'm left of liberal and Obama isn't. Pro-Choice is Pro-America. Pro-Gun, too. And I am certain that I wouldn't want to see you naked, no matter your sex. Forcing nothing on you. Really. Ugh. There is no god to kick out, and he wasn't in my school in the 1950s or 1960s. A forced big issue, for sure. I'm sure that given the short list of history -- I mean, dinasauers walked with man -- your religious affiliated students are special, no doubt. (That no science will be taught makes that easier, right.)

PS dumbing down is doing the work of the non-labor union underpaid immigrant workers making all that cheap meat for Koch Brothers to eat.

verity 5 years, 2 months ago

"The North Won The Civil War!"

Are you sure? ;-P

As a child during the 50s and 60s, amid all "the South's gona rise again," I came to the conclusion that we should have just let them go.

blindrabbit 5 years, 2 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".

Richard Heckler 5 years, 2 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.

blindrabbit 5 years, 2 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.

oldexbeat 5 years, 2 months ago

Could be that he never had to roll down anything at all. Probably had buttons his whole life, and drivers.

blindrabbit 5 years, 2 months ago

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

blindrabbit 5 years, 2 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

verity 5 years, 2 months ago

Please tell me this is a joke. Please.

jafs 5 years, 2 months ago

The best government money can buy.

oldexbeat 5 years, 2 months ago

The best money that government can sell.

Sparko 5 years, 2 months ago

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

Larry Sturm 5 years, 2 months ago

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

verity 5 years, 2 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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