Daily Archives: Sept. 15, 2013

A peek inside Koch brothers’ ‘secret bank’

In an article titled “The Koch brothers’ secret bank,” Politico reported on a little-known organization in Arlington, Va., that serves “as an outlet for the ideas and funds” of Charles and David Koch and other wealthy conservatives. Freedom Partners raised and spent $250 million in 2012, “cutting checks as large as $63 million to groups promoting conservative causes,” Politico reported. Those groups include Americans for Prosperity ($32.3 million); Themis Trust, a Koch-based voter database ($5.8 million); and American Future Fund ($13.6 million). In 2010, the Iowa-based American Future Fund spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on TV ads in support of GOP attorney general candidate Derek Schmidt. Freedom Partners has five directors, Politico reported, including Koch officials Wayne Gable, Richard Fink and Kevin Gentry and Wichita Realtor Nestor Weigand. A statement on the Koch Industries website says that Freedom Partners “operates independently of Koch Industries and educates the public about a broad range of issues.”

So they said

“I’m in a very strong position. But I’m not taking anything lightly. Marines don’t do that. They take the hill.” – Sen. Pat Roberts (in photo), R-Kan., when asked by Politico about a potential GOP primary challenge from radiologist Milton Wolf, who is a distant cousin of President Obama

“Whereas advocates for this legislation like Montana U.S. Sen. (Max) Baucus have recently described this legislation as a ‘train wreck’….” – from a resolution passed 4-0 last week by the Sedgwick County Commission condemning the Affordable Care Act

“This is not going to be a train wreck.” – Nanette Foster Reilly, the senior official in the four-state regional office of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, in a meeting on the ACA with The Eagle editorial board

“It doesn’t seem that there’s any end in sight for this problem.” – Rep. Brandon Whipple, D-Wichita, at a legislative briefing related to the nearly 17,000 wannabe voters whose registrations are on hold until they provide citizenship documentation

Lawmakers to tour WSU on Oct. 23

Members of the Kansas House and Senate budget committees will visit Wichita State University on Oct. 23 as part of their tour of the state’s public universities, a community college and a technology school. The tour is an attempt to educate lawmakers on the operations of the schools and to help improve relations between the schools and the Legislature. Last session, House lawmakers insisted – over Gov. Sam Brownback’s objections and appeals to common sense – on cutting higher-education funding by 3 percent.