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KU School of Business hires wife of leader of Kansas Chamber of Commerce

February 20, 2014


Cindy O'Neal

Cindy O'Neal

— The Kansas University School of Business has hired Cindy O'Neal.

O'Neal is chief of staff to House Appropriations Chairman Marc Rhoades, R-Newton, and a member of the Kansas Fair Board.

O'Neal is the wife of former House Speaker Mike O'Neal, who now is president and chief executive officer of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce.

Cindy O'Neal has been hired as a coordinator for the KU business school's Kansas Impact Project, which pairs Kansas businesses and non-profits with first-year MBA students who work on business solutions for their clients, according to KU.

Her appointment is part-time and her contract won't start until April 14, KU officials said.

In her role, she will help develop a new roster of clients for MBA students to work with next semester, according to KU.

According to KU, O’Neal’s salary will be $30 per hour, and she will work no more than 999 hours, with a top salary of $29,970.


Julius Nolan 4 years, 3 months ago

One more sign of the decline of KU. Anything or anyone connected to any Chamber is a very bad thing.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 3 months ago

Kansas Chamber of Commerce is ALEC Party controlled. The KCofC is a money laundering device for the the ALEC Party. A former house speaker becoming a leader in the Chamber of Commerce = politician becoming Kansas Lobbyists passing through the Kansas revolving door.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 3 months ago

The Koch Brothers, big tobacco, insurance companies, and the drug industry: all behind the shadowy corporate front group known as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

On the surface, ALEC is mostly comprised of thousands of state legislators, each paying a nominal fee to attend ALEC retreats and receive model legislation.

In reality, corporations pay ALEC a king’s ransom to access legislators to distribute radical legislation that puts corporate interests over American workers and consumers.

So, while the membership appears to be public sector, corporate money dominates ALEC. In fact, public sector membership dues account for only around one percent of ALEC’s annual revenues. ALEC claims to be nonpartisan, but its pro-corporate, anti-consumer mission is clear.

Read about ALEC’s hand in protecting oil companies, chemical manufacturers and Wall Street banks in AAJ’s report here:

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