Daily Archives: Sept. 26, 2011

Pompeo plans campaign announcement with Brownback

Rep. Mike Pompeo at his victory party in November 2010.

TOPEKA — Congressman Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, plans to make an unspecified campaign announcement at a news conference with Gov. Sam Brownback Tuesday afternoon.

The venue is Comm-Tech, a telecommunications software and equipment business near 37th Street North and Webb, that Pompeo’s campaign calls a “job creator.” Spokeswoman Amie Emerson said Pompeo hasn’t officially filed for re-election, but will make a campaign announcement.

Pompeo has been aggressively raising money in recent months. He was the third-highest fundraiser among freshmen House members in the second quarter of 2011, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. He raised $492,881 during that quarter, the Center’s site, OpenSecrets.org shows. ┬áHe had $587,921 in campaign funds available at the end of June.

Employees and companies in the oil and gas industry are his largest donors. Koch Industries leads the pack during the 2011-2012 campaign cycle with $27,500 (that’s $21,500 from individuals with ties to Koch and $6,000 from its political action committee). Comm-Tech, meanwhile, tied for Pompeo’s 37th largest donor with dozens of other companies.

Comm-Tech President Arthur E. Alvis has contributed a total of $7,300 to Pompeo since September 2009, according to data compiled by the Federal Election Commission.

I wanna hold your hand

A bit of laughter kicked off a meeting this morning at which Sedgwick County commissioners are discussing the county’s legislative agenda for the next session.

The legislative agenda, or platform, is the county’s wishlist for funding and support from the state.

The first item on the platform asks the state for $5 million to keep low-cost airlines at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport.

Commissioner Richard Ranzau made several challenges to the county’s position on low-cost airfares, questioning if they are, in fact, “vitally important to business travelers” and economic growth.

Ranzau also expressed concern about the Regional Economic Area Partnership having final say about how state dollars are spent to secure low airfares.

While considering whether to make any changes in the platform, Commissioner Jim Skelton said he thought he was on board with the county’s position as written. But he said he wanted to reserve the right to speak more to Ranzau and Commissioner Karl Peterjohn about their views.

“Will you hold my hand if I get stuck, manager,” Skelton asked County Manager William Buchanan.

“Figuratively and literally,” Buchanan answered.

“I better get stuck here pretty quick,” Skelton joked.