Chamber PAC needs to be scrutinized

Good for the leadership of the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce for deciding to appoint a task force to examine the relationship between the chamber and its political action committee. When the PAC turned its back on three staunchly pro-chamber state senators in order to endorse and fund their challengers – even sending out mailings linking the incumbents to Boeing’s decision to leave Wichita and calling the city’s business climate “uncompetitive” – it understandably upset some chamber members. It’s a further concern that some of the PAC’s favored candidates include recent PAC insiders, and that the PAC is secretive about its board members and decision making. Now, the concerned members of the chamber need to ensure their voices and concerns are heard by the task force.