Lately, more than a year away from our next Kansas House elections, a special interest group based in Virginia known as “Americans for Prosperity,” has been buying Facebook ads and sending postcards across the state against those of us who had the courage to vote to override the Governor’s veto of the tax reform package passed in June. The campaign of misinformation pushed by AFP is estimated to have cost roughly $800,000 to date and appears to be just beginning.
Although their funding sources are deliberately difficult to track, AFP is widely reported to be funded primarily by the Koch Brothers out of Wichita. My colleague from Dighton, House Majority Leader Don Hineman, said it best in his recent newsletter:
- “They advocate for lower taxes and smaller government but in their single-minded pursuit of those goals they ignore the fact that those of us who hold public office have a duty to ensure that government continues to deliver essential government services.”
- Rep. Hineman continues, “It is apparent that AFP intends to continue spending their dark money freely in an attempt to buy a legislature which will do their bidding. And when four members of legislative leadership (myself, Speaker Ryckman, Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, and Senate Vice President Jeff Longbine) are on their hit list, you can be sure these political terrorists are quite serious.”