Not all chambers of commerce are the same

The Kansas Chamber of Commerce’s political action committee is spending big bucks trying to purge moderate Republicans from the Kansas Senate. But it is worth noting that the state chamber doesn’t represent the views of many local chambers. For example, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s PAC endorsed moderate lawmakers, including Sens. Jean Schodorf, R-Wichita, and Carolyn McGinn, R-Sedgwick. And speaking of chambers, what was the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce’s PAC thinking when it sent out a campaign mailer implying that Boeing is leaving Wichita because of taxes and regulations? Boeing said it was the overhead on its large facility and wages (along with a reduction in military contracts) that made its Wichita plant uncompetitive, not taxes and regulations. Is this the message the chamber sends to businesses that are considering relocating here? Find the Wichita chamber PAC’s endorsements here.