Fact Check: Todd Tiahrt’s Earmarks Didn’t Catch the BTK Killer
The local law enforcement were the true heroes
Wichita—Contrary to Todd Tiahrt’s claim that he secured the earmark that helped to capture Dennis Rader, the BTK Killer, the police caught the BTK killer nearly a month before any specially earmarked federal funding was disbursed.
According to USAspending.gov, the FY05 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, which contained the earmark referenced by Mr. Tiahrt, became law on December 8, 2004. The funds he requested, however, only became available on March 18, 2005, nearly a month after the BTK killer’s capture.
“The Wichita Police Department caught BTK, not Todd Tiahrt,” said Jim Richardson, Pompeo for Congress campaign manager. “Mr. Tiahrt owes the men and women who actually worked to bring Dennis Rader to justice an apology. The fact is that the earmark didn’t even get obligated until nearly a month after our local law enforcement captured BTK. To claim that Dennis Rader would be on the streets today without intervention from Washington D.C. is exactly the kind of claim we usually hear from big government liberals.”
Mike Pompeo is a longtime job creator in Kansas, having grown companies in the aviation and oil and gas industries. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Pompeo was elected to the United States Congress in his first political campaign in 2010. He and his wife, Susan, live in Wichita.
Mike has already been endorsed by the National Rifle Association, Kansas Farm Bureau, Kansans for Life, the National Right to Life Committee, Family Research Council Action PAC, Club for Growth PAC, FreedomWorks, Tea Party Nation, the US. Chamber of Commerce, Governor Huckabee, Governor Brownback, Senator Moran, and Senator Roberts. He also has been recognized as a leading conservative voice by Americans for Prosperity, the American Conservative Union, National Taxpayers Union, Citizens Against Government Waste, Heritage Action, Americans for Tax Reform, and Family Research Council.