Steven greasing the wheels in Topeka

cashRodney Steven, president of Genesis Health Clubs in Wichita, has made campaign donations to about 70 members of the Legislature in his quest to pass a bill exempting for-profit health clubs from state and local property taxes, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. Steven donated a total of about $45,000 to 24 members of the Kansas Senate, which approved the bill last session. This session, he has spread $22,000 in donations among at least 45 House members. If the House approves the bill, it will go to Gov. Sam Brownback, whose re-election campaign received $2,000 from Steven.