To help quantify how far Attorney General Phill Kline has strayed from a core mission of his office, consider his meager effort to help cheated consumers.
As an Eagle article reported Friday, Kline has brought in about $1 million a year in consumer fraud restitution — less than half the average $2.2 million a year won by former attorneys general Bob Stephan and Carla Stovall Steckline.
Kline defended his record, saying previous efforts were those of a “shakedown agency,” but it might sound strange to Kansans for the person in charge of protecting consumers to be attacking successful efforts to protect consumers.
In fact, Kline’s office has actively discouraged consumer complaints, leading to a sharp decrease, from 7,000 a year under Steckline to 4,300 a year under Kline.
“Don’t call us” might be the new motto.
Add another number — the record $1.5 million in independent advertising support that Kline received from an out-of-state pro-business political action committee — and you can’t blame Kansans for wondering whose interests Kline is looking out for. And who’s doing the shakedown.
Posted by Randy Scholfield
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