Archive for Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Brownback: Reports of FBI probe are smear campaign

May 6, 2014, 3:01 p.m. Updated May 6, 2014, 9:34 p.m.


WICHITA — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback said Tuesday that he will talk with the FBI if he is contacted about a reported investigation into allegations about the awarding of contracts to privatize the state’s Medicaid program.

The Republican governor told The Associated Press that he has also directed state employees to cooperate fully if they are contacted by the FBI.

“If I am asked, I will cooperate and talk with them, but I think this is mostly about a smear campaign,” Brownback said. “And that’s what I have seen of the allegations.

Several news outlets including the AP have reported the existence of an FBI probe into the activities of Brownback confidante David Kensinger and his Topeka firm, Parallel Strategies, which he and two former Brownback staffers formed last year.

Brownback said he does not know of anyone who has been contacted by federal agents regarding the reported allegations.

Kensinger left the administration in April 2012 as it was considering five bids from private companies seeking one of the three contracts to manage the state’s Medicaid program, since renamed KanCare, an initiative headed by Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer.

Three private companies are now overseeing the management of the $3-billion-a-year program, which provides health coverage for the needy and disabled.

Near the end of June 2012, the administration awarded contracts to Kansas subsidiaries of Amerigroup Corp., based in Virginia Beach, Va.; Centene Corp., which has its headquarters in St. Louis; and United Healthcare, based in Minneapolis.

“If we are contacted, if I am contacted, we will cooperate. The office will cooperate,” Brownback said. “And really, I kind of hope they do contact people if the charges are about KanCare, because we have gone through a bidding process on KanCare — open bidding.”

FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton has said repeatedly that the agency never confirms or denies the existence of an investigation.

Kensinger’s ties to Brownback go back two decades, before Brownback won a seat in the U.S. Senate. Kensinger managed Brownback’s successful Senate re-election campaign in 1998 and later served has the chief of staff in his Senate office.

Kensinger managed Brownback’s 2010 campaign for governor and served as chief of staff in the governor’s office until returning to lobbying and private consulting. He also serves as president of Road Map Solutions, a nonprofit group supporting Brownback.


Julius Nolan 3 years, 11 months ago

And would any sensible person believe brownie would recognize anything as illegal? Not if the Kochs told him it wasn't.Brownie is a puppet, never had an independent thought in his life. And the sad thing is the dumb voters will vote for anyone, no matter how bad they are as long as they have an R listed as their "party".

Richard Heckler 3 years, 11 months ago

When is the last time someone stood up and said "I am breaking the law and I've been doing it for years" ……….. certainly not any politician. Sam Brownback is no saint.

Let the FBI go through the evidence ………...

MerriAnnie Smith 3 years, 11 months ago

They need to investigate how much money the Koch boys have put into buying Brownback and the Tea party legislature's devotion to the Koch's bottom line.

3 years, 11 months ago

That would be an interesting piece of investigative journalism...all legal of

Thomas Bryce Jr. 3 years, 11 months ago

Well since the FBI will neither confirm nor deny the existence of an investigation, We will just have to wait and see if charges or indictments are handed out. In the meantime, Painting the so called investigation as a smear campaign is wishful thinking. It is a desperate play to Rally the conservative Base. The Brownback regime will claim it is being targeted by the Obama regime. In the eyes of conservatives, Targeting Democrats or any one against the Conservative Movement is a "Just act" but targeting Conservatives is a Smear campaign. Got it. Nice Hypocrisy you have there. I sincerely hope the FBI is Not wasting our Collective time on this case.Also, I just can't wait to here Eileen Hawley's Next Koch induced Spin on this story. Quite entertaining. I can almost hear the paper shredders running in Topeka From here."So many Records to destroy, so little Time..."

Phillip Chappuie 3 years, 11 months ago

I did notice it took a while before Brownie responded to any of the allegations like this. I guess they had to make sure all the air was cleared from the smoking guns. "What? Me"?

Julius Nolan 3 years, 11 months ago

Actually brownie had to wait for Koch talking points memo on what to say,

Mike Ford 3 years, 11 months ago

bryllocreme and his followers think they live in a states rights vacuum.....unless they go 1861 southern style and ignore the Supremacy Clause they have to answer like everyone else...most of these GOP officials act like rules apply to everyone except them.....kind of like the Kochs and the late Leona Helmsley thought.....I wonder what this populace has thought of patriotism since 2008? they sure used the flag waving and chest beating to intimidate dissent between 2000 and 2008 that they didn't like.

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