Archive for Monday, July 8, 2013

Labor, community groups plan to rally against Americans for Prosperity

July 8, 2013


— Labor and community organizations will hold rallies in Topeka and Wichita this week to protest Americans For Prosperity, which they say helped produce one of the most anti-worker legislative sessions in state history.

"Their (AFP's) agenda is extreme austerity aimed at all working people and our communities," said Lisa Ochs, president of the American Federation of Teachers-Kansas.

The rallies will be at 5 p.m. Wednesday in front of AFP offices in Topeka and Wichita.

AFP is a nationwide organization that describes itself as "advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity." It supports cutting both taxes and government spending and was founded by billionaires Charles and David Koch, who run Wichita-based Koch Industries.

As a tax-exempt "social welfare" organization, AFP does not have to disclose its donors.

When the legislative session ended in June, AFP-Kansas applauded legislators who voted for spending cuts and a provision that limits growth in state spending to no more than 2 percent per year.

“In the last few years, legislators have made great strides to bring the state of Kansas on a path toward fiscal responsibility,” said AFP-Kansas state director Jeff Glendening.

AFP also praised legislators for making any expansion of Medicaid more difficult, giving Gov. Sam Brownback more power in naming appeals court judges, and a new law that bars public employee unions from taking voluntary deductions from members' paychecks to help finance political activities.

The group also expressed disappointment that the Legislature failed to de-fund Common Core education standards and said it hoped the issue would be taken up again in the 2014 legislative session.

AFP has been seen as a key factor in making the Legislature more conservative.

Groups that have endorsed protesting against AFP include American Federation of Teachers-Kansas; Communications Workers Local 6401; Communications Workers Local 6402; Cross Border Network; IBEW Local 1523; Interfaith Worker Justice-Wichita; Kansas AFL-CIO; Kansas City Federation of Teachers and School Related Personnel (AFT Local 691); Kansas Equality Coalition-Topeka Chapter; Kansas Families for Education; Kansas National Organization for Women; Kansas People's Action; Kansas Organization of State Employees; Kansas Progressive Caucus; Kansas Young Democrats; Lawrence Center for Peace & Justice; Manhattan Alliance For Peace & Justice; MoveOn Johnson County; MoveOn Oklahoma; MoveOn Topeka; MoveOn Wichita; Moving Kansas Forward; SEIU Local 513; Sunflower Community Action; Topeka Federation of Labor; True Blue Women; Wichita-Hutchinson Federation of Labor; and the Working Kansas Alliance.


JayhawkFan1985 9 months, 1 week ago

Path to fiscal responsibility? Or, more likely, path to 3rd world status?


Claudean McKellips 9 months, 1 week ago

I would love to see our elected officials get back to serving the needs of Kansas taxpayers and constituents, instead of out-of-state lobbyists like AFP and ALEC.


Mike Ford 9 months, 1 week ago

you make everything as cheap as possible due to anti union businesses like wal mart. it's crazy how one associates cheap price fixing with socialism. facts don't exist when you speak nonsense right?


Richard Heckler 9 months, 1 week ago

Daily CEO Pay Now Exceeds U.S. Workers Annual Salary. And CEO’s sometimes do even better when they quit. What a rip off for consumers. We're looking at one aspect of why the cost living increases beyond reality. CEO's should work for a flat $750,000 a year or less. Consumers cannot afford CEO's , golden parachutes etc etc etc etc etc.

Take for example, James Mulva of ConocoPhillips. He was paid $140.8 million in 2011 but topped that in 2012 when he left the company after 10 years as CEO. Once he cashed out his stock options, took his retirement bonus and got his final paycheck, he collected a whopping $260 million in 2012.

Additionally “golden parachute” arrangements have had a negative impact on corporate performance, say experts. “If you have a safety net of this type of gargantuan size, it starts to undermine the CEO’s desire to build long-term value for shareholders,” Paul Hodgson, a director at corporate governance researcher at BHJ Partners, told Bloomberg. “You don’t really care if you’re fired or not.”

Way more to this nonsense.


Richard Heckler 9 months, 1 week ago

Americans for Prosperity is a lie. This group is lobbying for Always Lower Wages and selling off government services ........... yet collecting trillions in taxes. Lose Lose Lose Lose Lose for the working class.


Mike Ford 9 months, 1 week ago

the kochs have more money and more irons in the fire than any of the soros groups. besides do you do any research or just repeat the same nonsense you've repeated since John Kerry?


Edward Coan 9 months, 1 week ago

Storm the offices! AFP is nothing more then a terrorist front group for the far right wing of the GOP.


Larry Moss 9 months, 1 week ago

SEIU, AFL-CIO, MoveOn, MoveOn and MoveOn......Sounds like a bunch of gangsters that belong on the "no fly" list.


skinney 9 months, 1 week ago

Could anyone of you please explain to me why you are all so anti-union??


Pheps 9 months, 1 week ago

How is this rally behavior different then people celebrating with fireworks in N. Lawrence? One is inflicted on others to cause pain on prosperity and the other is a celebration for the birth of prosperity of a nation?


Biscayne 9 months, 1 week ago

Prosperity is a good thing, if you don't like it leave the country!


mycatsrightorwrong 9 months, 1 week ago

You don't have to sit on the sidelines in the fight against the Koch's. Sign up at the following site to use a barcode scanning app to avoid buying Koch products:


Mike Ford 9 months, 1 week ago

It was interesting watching "Gasland Part II" last night on HBO where the Gas Industry used psyops to try and undermind the opposition to fracking in Pennsylvania. What's scary is that the conservatives on here believe and rely on the misinformation of their own leaders as fact. It must be embarrassing as a conservative to know that you fall for your own think tank's misinformation and we laugh at you. You're smarter than that right? man the Koch Brothers have an easy job as the pied pipers of misinformation.


Liberty275 9 months, 1 week ago

In a few decades, all states will be right-to-work and the scourge of paying crooks to let you work will be done. In the meantime, have a nice protest in Topeka, Brownback and everyone else of some importance will continue to ignore you because the Koch brothers tell them to.


Jackie Jackasserson 9 months, 1 week ago

I think the parameters for designation as a social welfare group need to be re-examined.


boiled 9 months, 1 week ago

Guess the author by title game? No. Too easy and boring. The more things change the more they stay the same. At least around here.

If anyone on this forum can cite one----just one, piece by above "reporter" that does not either directly or indirectly criticize conservative causes, I will send you a benji. Just one.


Armstrong 9 months, 1 week ago

Guys you need to play the Guess the author by title game. Can't really say guess the reporter, reporters report facts. Currently I'm at 95% spotting the author.


straightforward 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Hold on a second, you're telling me the labor unions don't like the big bad conservative Koch brothers? Shocking!!!

The only difference between AFP's political activity and the labor unions' political activity is that AFP funds its operations with money given to them, not money taken out of their union members' paychecks.


toe 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Good thing the schools are closed or classes would have to be cancelled for lack of teachers.


kansas_cynic 9 months, 2 weeks ago

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boiled 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Good lord this "reporter" and his unhidden agenda and brazen attacks on anything conservative is disgusting. Put him on the op-ed page where best served. It must drive off readership.


chootspa 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Kansas has taken "great strides toward fiscal responsibility" if you mean they've introduced radical tax giveaways to the Kochs with no evidence it will improve the economy, left economically stimulative federal money on the table, and slashed services for the disabled and poor... all while passing extremist government restrictions that will cost the state millions to defend in court.

In my book that's the opposite of "fiscal responsibility."


kansanjayhawk 9 months, 2 weeks ago

What is amazing is that the Lawrence Journal World would not look at this with a more critical eye. These organizations are the heart of the liberal Democrat agenda and it is not a surprise that they are opposed to a conservative organization. I wonder why liberal organizations are not targeted those funded by Soros etc.? This is a complete agenda driven effort because they are liberal and AFP is conservative! The hypocrisy of the outrage is stunning and the hypocrisy of these organizations using their influence to bring personal attacks is also very sad.


cheeseburger 9 months, 2 weeks ago

"AFP is a nationwide organization that describes itself as "advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity."

Oh, and don't forget radical left-wing!


DScully 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Time to break the Koch habit!!!!


Hooligan_016 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Good. Finally getting some opposition and not letting AFP get away with everything unchecked.


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