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So This Is Where Governor Brownback Gets It From
"Over three terms in office, Mr. Perry’s administration has doled out grants, tax breaks, contracts and appointments to hundreds of his most generous supporters and their businesses. And they have helped Mr. Perry raise more money than any politician in Texas history, donations that have periodically raised eyebrows but, thanks to loose campaign finance laws and a business-friendly political culture dominated in recent years by Republicans, have only fueled Mr. Perry’s ascent. "
Sam Brownback was the only outside governor to attend Rick Perry's Prayer Rally in Houston; a clear sign that they are political bedfellows and, at the very least, engage in the same style of politics. I would really like to see a newspaper, any newspaper, thoroughly examine our Governor's campaign finance reports and actually tell us (and the rest of the state) just exactly from where Mr.Brownback's true financial support emanate's. I would also like to know which of those supporters have subsequently received state financial support in the form of contracts, grants, tax breaks and appointments.
Some have been glaringly apparent, especially in the office of Social and Rehabiltation Services, as that office has been recently put under what amounts to a Klieg spotlight due to the recent attempt to shut down an office that serves over 10,000 clients. However, this doesn't take into account other appointments, grants and contracts.
There is also the question of Kansas' campaign finance laws, their differences from Texas' and what, if any, possibility there may be that Mr. Brownback has violated those laws, or even skirted close to the edge.
Ultimately, this speaks to accountability and the citizens of this state will not know the truth unless that accountability is forced. But the real truth cannot be found out without help. Most citizens simply don't have the skills to ferret out these things. Most of us don't even know how to file a FOIA request much less even where to start to request campaign finance information (which is supposed to be open by law).
Therefore it's up to the independent press to do it for us. And I wonder, just how much of the press in this state truly is "independent"?