PompeoForCongress.com http://www.pompeoforcongress.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:29:38 EST Rep. Trey Gowdy campaigns with Mike this weekend in South Central Kansas! Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:00:00 EST Friends,

Big news:  Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC) is coming to Kansas to campaign with me and help Team Pompeo get out the vote!

Don your Pompeo gear, grab your family and your friends and come meet Trey at one of the events shown below.  Trey has been a relentless pursuer of the truth chasing down government officials that didn’t want to tell the American people what they were doing.  He now is leading the charge to get all of the facts about the tragic events in Benghazi as the chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi.  I am proud to serve alongside him on that committee, as we pursue every fact about what happened to the American men and women serving their country that night.

We are counting on Team Pompeo for a big turnout at these events, to help us host Trey and welcome him to Kansas and to encourage Kansans that voting on August 5th matters and that a vote for me is a vote for truth, hard work, and moving America in the right direction.

At each event, you’ll have a chance to hear Trey and me both speak.  At Friday’s Vote Kansas Rally in Wichita, we’ll have music, free food and the chance to hear about the great work being done by the Wounded Warrior Project.  Friday’s weather prediction looks to be perfect rally weather, too!

 

          

 Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS)        Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC)

Come join with Rep. Trey Gowdy and Team Pompeo at these free get out the vote celebration events:

Kansas Votes Rally with Reps. Pompeo & Gowdy
Special Recognition for Wounded Warrior Project

Friday, August 1, 2014   5:00 PM -7:00 PM
Beech Lake, Intersection of 13th & Webb Road, Wichita
Enter from Webb Road—entrance will be marked
Gates open at 5:00 PM and the program starts at 5:45 PM
Free Music, Food, Drinks & More!

Join me and other veterans as we salute those who have sacrificed to protect our right to vote.  Exercise that right on August 5th!

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El Dorado Frontier Western Celebration Rally
with Reps. Pompeo & Gowdy
Saturday, August 2, 2014
Gordy Park Gazebo, Gordy & Ash Streets
8:00 AM-10:30 AM

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Calling All Veterans to these Meet & Greets
with Reps. Pompeo & Gowdy

Saturday, August 2, 2014
Stop #1: 12:00 PM -1:00 PM at Paul Stewart Irwin American Legion Post 136
410 SE Louis Drive, Mulvane, KS

Complimentary food & drinks

Stop #2: 1:30-2:30 PM at Rep. Pompeo’s Post -
Thomas Hopkins American Legion Post 4
816 N. Water, Wichita, KS

Complimentary snacks & drinks

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Come join us for fun and the important work of turning out the vote.  If you have questions, please call Pompeo for Congress at 316-633-4700 or drop by the campaign office at 416 S. Market in Wichita.  Susan and I look forward to seeing you there!

In liberty and freedom,

Mike 

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Pompeo Lays Out Vision for Kansas in Third and Final Debate Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:00:00 EST July 28, 2014 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 


Pompeo Lays Out Vision for Kansas in Third and Final Debate

Todd Tiahrt argues: “You have no proof of that. I have never lobbied.”

                                             

WICHITA—Last night, Rep. Mike Pompeo advanced his common sense conservative vision for Kansas during his third debate with Todd Tiahrt on “The Gene Countryman Show” on KNSS 1330.

 

As in previous debates, Rep. Pompeo discussed his consistent opposition to Obamacare, his successful legislation that will encourage the growth of jobs in Kansas aviation, and his conservative fight against Washington spending.  “My vision is a smaller, more humble federal government where we don’t take your money to Washington—we leave it in your pockets,” Rep. Pompeo said. “I think it makes sense.”

 

Mr. Tiahrt, however, argued about the technical definition of lobbying, disputing whether that definition included his “government relations” consulting work that relied on his Washington insider connections.  The accusation stems from public financial disclosures that reveal the majority of his clients to have been companies that benefited from taxpayer-funded earmarks that he obtained while a Member of Congress.  That disclosure is here, which shows that in one instance, Mr. Tiahrt received nearly half a million dollars from Neumann Energy Systems, which received a Tiahrt-sponsored earmark.

 

He then went on to lay out his Washington-style approach of picking winners and losers to create jobs.  He also continued to mislead on his record that supports amnesty, parts of Obamacare, and a federal takeover of America’s schools.  He also repeated attacks that independent news outlets and political experts have already debunked as “beyond a stretch of the truth.”

 

“Listeners understand that Mike is the right choice because of his steady, pro-Kansas approach to getting Washington out of the way,” said Jim Richardson, campaign manager for Pompeo for Congress. “During this debate, Kansans heard Mike calmly fend off bizarre and already debunked attacks from someone who’s just desperate to get back to Washington to spend Kansans’ money.”

 

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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.


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NFIB endorses Mike Pompeo for re-election Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:00:00 EST FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Todd Pack, 615-872-5897 

NFIB Endorses Four Incumbents in Aug. 5 Congressional Primary

‘We support the candidates who support small business’

TOPEKA, July 14, 2014—The National Federation of Independent Business, Kansas’ and the nation’s leading small-business association, today announced the endorsement of four members of the U.S. House of Representatives running for reelection.

“We support the candidates who support small business, and these members of Congress have shown our members they will do everything they can to create an even playing field and make it easier for small businesses to grow and create jobs,” said Dan Murray, state director of NFIB/Kansas, noting that all four incumbents have earned 100-percent voting records so far this congressional session.

The candidates are:

Tim Huelskamp (1st District)

Lynn Jenkins      (2nd District)      

Kevin Yoder (3rd District)

Mike Pompeo (4th District) 

NFIB has over 4,000 dues-paying members in Kansas, representing a cross-section of the state's economy. The endorsements come from NFIB’s SAFE (Save America’s Free Enterprise) Trust, the association’s political action committee, and are based on positions regarding key small-business issues including health care, taxes, and labor and regulatory issues.

Small-business owners and their employees vote in high numbers and are known for actively recruiting friends, family members and acquaintances to go to the polls. NFIB will encourage its members to help turn out the small-business vote for the candidates in the Aug. 5 primary and again in November.

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NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small and independent business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists sends their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information is available online at www.NFIB.com/newsroom.

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KWCH Debate Features New and Old Misleading Statements from Todd Tiahrt Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:00:00 EST July 22, 2014 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

KWCH Debate Features New and Old Misleading Statements from Todd Tiahrt

“Tall Tale Todd” recycles debunked Obamacare claims, and misleads on his own record

WICHITA—Today, Rep. Mike Pompeo and Todd Tiahrt faced off for the second time during a 30-minute televised, in-studio debate on KWCH News.  Unfortunately, Mr. Tiahrt couldn’t wait more than a few minutes before launching into the very negative, misleading statements that have so far defined his campaign.

While Rep. Pompeo confidently presented his conservative values and positive, truthful vision for the future of Kansas, Mr. Tiahrt blatantly misled viewers about Obamacare, immigration, and his support for greater federal control of schools.

The claim that Mike Pompeo supports Obamacare has been deemed untruthful by KAKE’s fact checkers and reporters twice, Wichita Liberty, and the Wichita Eagle.  Everyone who has evaluated this claim by Mr. Tiahrt have rejected it and instead has cited Mike's opposition to this law, including known Obamacare opponents, Gov. Mike Huckabee and Sen. Tom Coburn, MD.  Even Tiahrt admitted that Mike voted against Obamacare 57 times.  Sadly, Mr. Tiahrt thinks Kansans can be misled.

But during this evening’s debate, Mr. Tiahrt has now added two more new misleading statements about his own record. 

First, contrary to his claim, Mr. Tiahrt did support the DREAM Act when he cosponsored it twice both as H.R. 1918 and H.R. 1684, which the Lawrence Journal-World said “later came to be known as the Dream Act.” Mr. Tiahrt claimed that he “never supported the DREAM Act.”  

Second, Mr. Tiahrt claimed he didn’t support a federal takeover of schools because he voted against No Child Left Behind during one of two votes on the legislation. Yet Mr. Tiahrt still supported one version of the bill that, like Common Core, is a one-size-fits-all Washington-centric approach to education.  And not only did he support it: He cosponsored it.

Congressman Pompeo concluded the debate with his conservative message: “I’ve been a conservative warrior—I’ve fought for you to get government out of your life.  If you send me back to office, I will continue to fight for you.”

Mr. Tiahrt served as the representative of the 4th District of Kansas for 16 years; after a failed run for the U.S. Senate in 2010, he worked as a lobbyist for companies that benefitted from Tiahrt-sponsored earmarks as well as government contracts.  Kansas voters remain confused about the real reason Mr. Tiahrt has decided to wage this battle against Rep. Pompeo.  However, in an article by the Topeka Capital-Journal, Mr. Tiahrt mentions that his campaign’s benefactor, Wink Hartman, is angry with Rep. Pompeo. 

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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.

PompeoForCongress.com

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Sen. Tom Coburn, M.D., endorses Mike for re-election Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:00:00 EST
"Mike Pompeo has been a stalwart defender of the Constitution throughout both his military career and service in Congress. He is pro-life and pro-Second Amendment. He has offered real reforms that curb the power of the EPA and other out-of-control federal agencies. Most important is that Mike Pompeo understands the threat of wasteful government spending to our freedoms. His strong opposition to Obamacare, voting time after time to defeat it, is a demonstration of that commitment to preserving our liberty.

"Kansans' best chance of defeating Obamacare and limiting the size and scope of the federal government rests with having Mike Pompeo as their congressman. I am proud to endorse Mike Pompeo and I hope you will vote for him on August 5."

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Two Debates and an Endorsement from Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:00:00 EST We are closing in on the big day.  Thanks to you, we're keeping the momentum strong in these last 17 days until the primary election on August 5th!  Tune in to these final debates between Mike and his opponent, Mr. Tiahrt:

KWCH-TV, Channel 12
U.S. House 4th District Candidate Forum
Monday, July 21, from 6:30 - 7 PM

The KWCH website – where debate questions may be submitted – is open now.  KWCH will choose, from among submitted questions, those to be asked during the debate.

The Gene Countryman Show
Candidate Debate
Sunday, July 27, from 6 - 7 PM

The candidates will also meet for a one-hour, in-studio debate on The Gene Countryman Show.  Listeners will be able to call and email their questions and comments during the broadcast. Visit Gene's website here.

Lastly, here is more exciting endorsement news:  

U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D., of Oklahoma, recently made the following statement endorsing Rep. Mike Pompeo:

"Mike Pompeo has been a stalwart defender of the Constitution throughout both his military career and service in Congress.  He is pro-life and pro-Second Amendment.  He has offered real reforms that curb the power of the EPA and other out-of-control federal agencies.  Most important is that Mike Pompeo understands the threat of wasteful government spending to our freedoms.  His strong opposition to Obamacare, voting time after time to defeat it, is a demonstration of that commitment to preserving our liberty.

"Kansans' best chance of defeating Obamacare and limiting the size and scope of the federal government rests with having Mike Pompeo as their congressman. I am proud to endorse Mike Pompeo and I hope you will vote for him on August 5." 

Courtesy of CoburnforSenate.com

So, tune in to these upcoming debates on KWCH and The Gene Countryman Show, and take Sen. Coburn's great advice: Vote for Mike Pompeo on August 5th!

Sincerely,

Courtney Moore
Pompeo for Congress

In case you missed it...

KAKE: Fact check of Tiahrt commercial

How earmarks pay off for the earmarkers

A Letter to Kansas Voters from Conservative House Leaders

WSU professor denounces negative Tiahrt-Hartman attack ads

Mike Pompeo NEVER voted for Obamacare

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Tiahrt - A Misleader Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:00:00 EST By now, most of you have seen Mr. Tiahrt’s first campaign commercial.  It is shockingly negative.  But, worse than that, it is shockingly misleading.  You don’t have to take my word for it.  The local media has proven it.  Watch it here:

Watch it again – the fact check reviewed six claims made in Mr. Tiahrt’s TV spot.  ALL SIX ARE DEEMED MISLEADING!  And all of that in just 30 seconds.  Not one claim evaluated was deemed factual.  That’s right:  ZERO FACTUAL CLAIMS in his own commercial.  So, when Mr. Tiahrt tells you that Mike Pompeo is a “jet setter” or that he “supports Obamacare,” is there any reason to believe him?  Clearly, no.

KAKE puts it quite plainly: "The ad doesn't reference any legislation or make any statements about Pompeo's issues.  [Tiahrt] is just throwing out hot button issues being debated on Capitol Hill."  That’s not leading, it’s misleading.

Mr. Tiahrt simply does not have any real issues to talk about.

The attack ads from Kansans for Responsible Government, Wink Hartman's Super PAC, are also 100 percent false.  Watch KWCH's fact check of Hartman's first attack ad:

Mike Pompeo will always tell you the truth.  Not a single claim our campaign has made has been deemed anything other than factual.  Mike knows too that if you've worked hard and done good things, you should be proud to talk about it.

Let me tell you several true things about Mr. Tiahrt.  These aren’t misleading:

  • Mr. Tiahrt voted to raise his own pay five times while in Congress.  We all expect members of Congress to live like we do.  Can any of you raise your own pay?  Mike will never vote to take more of your money for his pay;
  • Mr. Tiahrt got earmarks for a Colorado company that later hired him after his unsuccessful run for Senate – again, your money, his pocket;
  • Mr. Tiahrt earmarked money for things like blimp research in California and a research project in Southern England.  This money could have stayed with Kansas families; and
  • Mr. Tiahrt has not been endorsed by Kansans for Life, Kansas Farm Bureau, National Rifle Association, or Kansas Livestock Association.  These groups endorsed Mike.

On August 5th, it's a clear choice.  Vote for a real leader, not a misleader.

Vote for Mike Pompeo.

Jim Richardson
Pompeo for Congress

In case you missed it...

How earmarks pay off for the earmarkers

A Letter to Kansas Voters from Conservative House Leaders

WSU professor denounces negative Tiahrt-Hartman attack ads

Mike Pompeo NEVER voted for Obamacare

Kansas GOP race heats up with election complaint

An Open Letter to Pompeo, Tiahrt on NSA

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How earmarks pay off for the earmarkers Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:00:00 EST here.

by Bob Weeks

The case of a Kansas Congressman benefiting from earmark spending once out of office should make us glad the practice has ended, and we should be wary of those who call for its return.

The case of United States House of Representatives Appropriations Committee Member Todd Tiahrt and Neumann Systems is an illustration of the revolving door between government and the private sector. It started with an earmark. An Air Force budgetary document indicates that the earmark spending was at the direction of Congress: “In FY 2006, Congress added $1.2 million for the High Power Fiber Laser Program, and $0.5 million for Oxygen Laser Optical Source.”

Excerpt from Air Force budgetary document.
Excerpt from Air Force budgetary document.

Later in the same document we see “CONGRESSIONAL ADD.” So it’s not like the Air Force asked for this money. Instead, it was added by appropriators in the House of Representatives, of which Todd Tiahrt was a member and appropriator. The oxygen laser spending was an earmark, in other words. It went to a company called Direct Energy Solutions, located in Colorado Springs. Its CEO was David Neumann, who also heads a related company named Neumann Systems Group, Inc.

While this may seem like a small amount of federal money spent on a defense research project, the earmark spending appears to have paid off for Tiahrt. Not only did Tiahrt receive contributions from Neumann for his campaigns both past and present, he also received a client for his consulting firm and, ultimately, a job. When Neumann needed to recover from an illness, Tiahrt worked for Neumann’s company and was paid some $380,000 over two years, according to financial disclosures.

Neumann System Groups had received a contract to build an exhaust gas scrubber for an electrical power plant owned by the City of Colorado Springs. The scubber is controversial. In this article from January 2013, Tiahrt said the scubber would removs sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides, but the scubber that is being built will remove only the sulfur compound. Costs seem to have soared over original estimates. The contract is “cost plus” and according to reporting, was awarded without competitive bid. (Costs, doubts rise at Colorado Springs power plant, Colorado Springs Gazette)

None of this was illegal or contrary to ethics codes. It’s just the way the way Washington has worked, with earmarks forging and cementing relationships between Members of Congress and their benefactors.

Earmarks have been banned in Congress since 2010. But not everyone is happy, with progressive lawmakers like Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois calling for the return of the “glue” that used to hold bills together. But the Wall Street Journal recently commented thatCongress is working better without earmarks, resulting in more oversight of, and accountability for, spending.

As he campaigns for a return to Congress, Tiahrt has unabashedly called for a return of earmark spending, telling audiences that the practice did not increase the level of spending. There’s plenty of evidence, along with common sense, that tells us that earmarks do increase spending.

But some people think it’s fun to spend other peoples’ money, and as shown by the post-Congress career path of Todd Tiahrt, it can be lucrative, too.

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Earmarks – Corrupting, Expensive, and Responsible for Obamacare Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:00:00 EST Mike’s opponent, Mr. Tiahrt, has unabashedly defended earmarks throughout his campaign.  Mike has a fundamentally different view of how government should work.  He wants the government out of your way. 

Mike wants President Obama to get out of our way.

Mike believes that wealth redistribution doesn’t work.  He doesn’t want President Obama redistributing your money – or a former congressman of 16 years like Mr. Tiahrt – redistributing your money.

Mike has confidence that if your money is left in your pocket, you’ll use it better than any politician could.

Mr. Tiahrt’s Claims About Earmarks Mislead

Mr. Tiahrt believes that earmarks are how Kansas gets its share of the loot.  Earmarks don’t increase spending, he says, they just spread the wealth back to Kansas.  He says that if there aren’t earmarks, Congress is handing all the money-spending power to the president.  (Note to Mr. Tiahrt: There is a third option – If you hadn't taken all the money to Washington, D.C., in the first place, Kansans would be able to spend it themselves.) 

Mr. Tiahrt waves his hands and tells you to look at all the good things – like flood control projects and jungle gyms – that “he” brought to Kansas and claims that they could not have happened if he did not get that money from D.C. for you.  That’s just wrong.

Earmarks Are for Big-Government Believers

Sadly, it’s not just big-government Democrats that want to take money from you so they can have more power... Big-government Republicans think the same thing.  Read the following quotes and see if you can find any difference:

  • "The earmark ban has nothing to do with the debt.” – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)
     
  • “There are many earmarks that are very worthy.  All of mine, as a matter of fact.” – Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader (D-San Francisco)
     
  • “Eliminating earmarks is part of the reason this Congress is the least productive ever.” – Senator Dick Durbin (D-Chicago)
     
  • “Earmarks are supposed to be bad.  But they don’t increase spending.” – Todd Tiahrt (R-Big Spender)
     
  • "Anyone that tells you that earmarks increase spending is lying to you.” – Todd Tiahrt (R-Way Too Big Spender)

I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s true.  There are Republicans who share the view of Senator Reid and Representative Pelosi on earmarks, that the more money that goes to Washington, D.C., the better off you will be.

Mike Pompeo is NOT one of those Republicans.

  • “Earmarks represent a lot of what is broken in the system.” – Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)
     
  • “Earmarks are the gateway drug to overspending.  They are the currency to get people to vote for bills they otherwise wouldn’t vote for.” – Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK)
     
  • “The problem with earmarks is that they are used as bribes to thwart the will of the people.” – Rush Limbaugh
     
  • “Earmarks must never come back.” – Mike Pompeo (R-KS4)

The Truth About Earmarks: Obamacare Passed Because Earmarks Were In It

So, did Mr. Tiahrt bring some money back to Kansas?  Yes.  Did some of his friends benefit?  Sure.  Is this good for Kansas, freedom, liberty, our economy, and our country?  No chance.

A few facts:

  • Obamacare was purchased with earmarks.  We all remember theCornhusker Kickback and the Louisiana Purchase.  Two earmarks for two senators that bought their vote for Obamacare.  No earmarks, no Obamacare.  Yet Mr. Tiahrt tells you earmarks are good.  Rush Limbaugh said, “Do you realize that without earmarks, they’d have gotten nowhere on health care, because they are just bribes?"  He is correct.
     
  • The chart below depicts the corrupt nature of earmarks.  Mr. Tiahrt earmarked money for a friend who later paid him an awful lot of money to run a company in an industry he knew nothing about.  But he was not alone; this type of “old-school,” you-scratch-my-back-I’ll-scratch-yours way of thinking was very common before the earmark ban.  Mr. Tiahrt wants to eliminate that ban and bring back his personal gravy train.  And so does Dave Neumann, who wants Mr. Tiahrt back in Congress so badly that he and his wife gave $5,200 to Mr. Tiahrt for this campaign to get back in your pocket again.

  • Kansans lose.  Mr. Tiahrt waves his hands, goes to a ribbon cutting, and tells you how great he is to have been responsible for the federal pork he brought home.  But, of course, that’s just a fraction of the story.  If Kansas got a park, California got a forest.  If Kansas got a 2-mile stretch of road, New York got an entire subway system.  Hardworking Kansas taxpayers paid for it all.  Kansans lose.

And, of course, Mr. Tiahrt didn’t only earmark money for Kansas.  Nope.  He was hard at work as a wealth redistributor all across our great nation:

  • $500,000 for a Colorado company that later hired Mr. Tiahrt
  • $4,000,000 for a Swedish company
  • $4,000,000 for an Alabama company
  • $2,000,000 for blimp research by a California company
  • $1,000,000 for a research project in Southern England

Why Did Earmarks Exist?  To Get Government Into Everything in Your Life

Some of Mr. Tiahrt’s earmarks were “only” for a few hundred thousand dollars.  Others were for several million.  But, again, that misses the point.  Here’s an example:

In 2007, Mr. Tiahrt voted for an earmark of $225,000 for the Brown Mansion in Coffeyville, Kansas.  That's not such a bad project.  The real corruption is that Mr. Tiahrt traded his vote for that spending bill of over $27 billion.  That’s right, he was told something like, “you can have your project if you’ll vote for our gargantuan, nightmare spending bill.”  Bad for Kansans.

It’s Your Money, Not The Federal Government’s

Mike will never vote for an earmark.  He’ll never vote to bring earmarks back to Washington, D.C.  Mr. Tiahrt has vowed he will do both.  Why on earth would your congressman advocate to take more of your money to D.C. and then make you beg him to get some of it back?  When Mike was a soldier, he patrolled the then-East German border.  He observed firsthand what happens when ordinary people are stripped of their freedom because the government has all of the resources and all of the power.  The only way to survive is to play the political game and hope you get back your share.  We’re closer to that here in America today than we should be.  Mike will fight every day to bring us back from the tragedy that has befallen so many countries.

Voting begins this week.  Vote for a smaller government, not an earmarking one. 

Vote for Mike.

Jim Richardson
Pompeo for Congress

In case you missed it...

KAKE: Tiahrt commercial "very misleading"

A Letter to Kansas Voters from Conservative House Leaders

WSU professor denounces negative Tiahrt-Hartman attack ads

Mike Pompeo NEVER voted for Obamacare

Kansas GOP race heats up with election complaint

An Open Letter to Pompeo, Tiahrt on NSA

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Kansans Prefer Pompeo Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:00:00 EST July 15, 2014 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Kansans Prefer Pompeo

Pompeo raises 10 times more money from 10 times as many individual contributions from Kansas donors than Tiahrt

 

 

WICHITA—This week, Pompeo for Congress and Kansans for Tiahrt each submitted their required quarterly fundraising report to the Federal Elections Commission.  This is the final quarterly report before the August 5th primary.

 

As evidenced in the reports, the Pompeo campaign raised $685,453 from 445 contributions from Kansas donors itemized during this cycle.  In contrast, the Tiahrt campaign report shows that Mr. Tiahrt raised only $63,450 from a mere 43 contributions from Kansas donors itemized during this cycle.  

 

“Mike is humbled by the overwhelming support he has received from voters across the 4th Congressional District,” said Jim Richardson, campaign manager for Pompeo for Congress. “We appreciate that so many Kansans are investing their hard-earned money in Mike’s campaign for re-election.  It is now clear that Kansans are rejecting Mr. Tiahrt’s desperate attempt to get back to Washington, D.C.” 


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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.

  

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Time to Vote! Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:00:00 EST

Time to Vote!

Advance ballots will start to be mailed out all across the 4th Congressional District today.  For those of you who have already requested an advance ballot, you should receive yours this week.  Please open it, mark it “Pompeo,” and send it back in right away!

If you want to vote before Primary Election Day on August 5th, but you have not yet requested an advance ballot, there are still a number of options:

  1. You may easily get an advance ballot mailed to you by your election office.  Click here to get an advance ballot.  The deadline for the election office to receive your request for an advance ballot is Friday, August 1, 2014; or
     
  2. You can vote early in person at many locations before Primary Election Day.  Click here to see what is available in Sedgwick County.

And, of course, you can vote on Primary Election Day on August 5th.

These Are Two Very Different Campaigns

As we head toward Primary Election Day, it is worth remembering how each campaign began and how it has been run.  It’s quite a contrast.  Two very different men with very different value systems, holding very different beliefs about government, seek your vote.

Mr. Tiahrt Has Not Been Forthright with Kansas Voters

Mr. Tiahrt launched his campaign with a tirade, spending 75 percent of the press conference firing personal attacks on Mike. [Click here to watch]  He then opened his media campaign with one of the nastiest commercials many in Kansas can recall – comparing Mike to garbage that needs to be taken out. 

Mr. Tiahrt's opening TV commercial—Comparing his opponent to garbage.

Campaigns don’t usually want you to see their opponent’s TV commercials.  We do. We want you to see how negative and misleading Mr. Tiahrt has chosen to run his campaign.  Watch these Tiahrt-Hartman spots and how the media fact checks have consistently found the messages being put forth by Tiahrt-Hartman to be untrue. 

KWCH Fact Check: Kansans for Responsible Government attack ad:

WSU professor denounces negative Tiahrt ad on KAKE:

Mike Pompeo – Always Tells It Like It Is

Mike has run a number of commercials and not one time has any media outlet deemed anything said in any of those spots misleading or untruthful.  Not one time.  Click here to watch them all.

Watch the KWCH fact check conducted on a Pompeo TV commercial:

It’s right to be honest with voters.  And, it should be easy.

The Battle For America Is On

These are challenging times in America.  President Obama is one of the most lawless presidents in the history of the United States.  We need to get President Obama and the federal government out of our way.   [Watch my aviation commercial to learn about how I've fought to do just that].  We need to restore our borders.  As a member of the Benghazi Select Committee, Mike has vowed to get all of the facts.  We need more people leading our nation in Congress who are prepared to shoot straight every time they speak.

Get 10

These are the days that Getting 10 matters most.  Find 10 friends, 10 co-workers, 10 people you know from church.  Make sure they get an advance ballot or vote on August 5th.  Too much is at stake to let others decide who your next congressman will be.

Thank you,

Jim Richardson
Pompeo for Congress

In case you missed it...

A Letter to Kansas Voters from Conservative House Leaders

Rep. Mike Pompeo NEVER voted to fund Obamacare

Kansas GOP race heats up with election complaint

An Open Letter to Pompeo, Tiahrt on NSA

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WichitaLiberty.org: Rep. Pompeo NEVER voted for Obamacare Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:00:00 EST here.

by Bob Weeks

A television ad by Todd Tiahrt claims that Mike Pompeo voted seven times to fund Obamacare. What are the facts about those bills?

 

Todd Tiahrt television advertisement.
Todd Tiahrt television advertisement.
The seven bills referenced in the Tiahrt ad are appropriations bills that fund numerous departments and agencies of the federal government. Three of the bills were to fund the operations of government for as little as one week. One bill was 475 pages in length. Most passed with broad support of Republicans, including the Kansas delegation. Some reduced funding that had been authorized by the previous Congress.

 

Somewhere deep within these bills there may be funding that went to the Department of Health and Human Services that in some way provided funds for the implementation of Obamacare. The first three votes were short-term measures to continue appropriations established by the previous Congress. Tiahrt voted with a minority of Republicans to support that bill in its original form, then voted along with all Republicans except one against the passage of the conference report.

As to whether voting for these bills constitutes voting “to fund Obamacare,” the Pompeo campaign manager told the Wichita Eagle: “This type of flawed logic would drive someone to believe that Mr. Tiahrt voted eight times for Planned Parenthood funding for federal funding of abortions — which would be grossly misleading.”

The Eagle further reported: “Pompeo’s campaign provided a list of those eight bills. A fact-check found Tiahrt did vote ‘yes’ on the bills. But those bills were also general appropriation measures for departments that dealt with family planning.”

Here are the bills referenced in the Tiahrt television advertisement.

H.J.Res. 44 (112th) votes

H.J.Res. 44 (112th): Further Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011. This bill provided appropriations for several dozen federal agencies. It passed 335 to 91. Republicans voted 231 to 6 in favor. All Kansans voted in favor. The Hill described this bill as a “two-week spending resolution … to support a measure aimed at averting a government shutdown this week.” (GOP spending bill passes in landslide as 100 Dems defect)

H.J.Res. 48 (112th) votes

H.J.Res. 48 (112th): Additional Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011. This bill provided appropriations for a number of federal agencies. It also eliminated specific spending that was approved in 2010. It passed 271 to 158. Republicans voted 186 to 54 in favor. All Kansans except Huelskamp voted in favor. The Hill described this bill as a “three-week spending resolution.” (House adjourns, likely until late March)

H.R. 1363 (112th) votes

H.R. 1363 (112th): Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011. As described by the Congressional Research Service, the bill “Provides reduced rates of operation for FY2011 for the following accounts or activities within the Department of Transportation (DOT).” It also provided funds at reduced rates of operation for FY2011 for some accounts within the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). It also appears to have eliminated some earmarks passed by an earlier Congress. This bill passed 247 to 181. Republicans voted 232 to 6 in favor. All Kansans voted in favor. Of this bill, The Hillreported it was “a bill that would fund the federal government for another week.” (House adopts rule for one-week budget stopgap)

H.R. 1473 (112th) votes

H.R. 1473 (112th): Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011. This is a large bill at 175 pages in length. The summary from the Congressional Research Service runs nearly 20,000 words. It passed 260 to 167. Republicans voted 179 to 59 in favor. All Kansans except Huelskamp voted in favor. This bill, voted on in April, was described by The Hill as “an agreement to fund the federal government for the rest of fiscal 2011.” The federal fiscal year ends on September 30.

H.R. 2055 (112th) on passage votesH.R. 2055 (112th) conference report votes

H.R. 2055 (112th): Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012. At 486 pages, another large bill making appropriations for many agencies. On passage of the bill in the House, the vote was 411 to 5 in favor. The later vote on agreeing to the conference report passed 296 to 121. Republicans voted 147 to 86 in favor. All Kansans except Huelskamp voted in favor. The Hill reported this bill “covers spending for Defense, Energy and Water, Financial Services and General Government, Homeland Security, Interior, Labor/Health and Human Services, Legislative Branch, Military Construction/VA, and State/Foreign Operations.” (House approves $1 trillion omnibus spending bill in easy 296-121 vote)

H.J.Res. 117 (112th) votes

H.J.Res. 117 (112th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2013. This bill provided appropriations for a number of federal agencies. It passed 329 to 91. Republicans voted 165 to 70 in favor. Kansans Huelskamp and Yoder voted against; Jenkins and Pompeo voted in favor. The Hill described this bill as a “six-month spending resolution to keep the government funded.” (Senate passes resolution to keep government funded)

H.R. 933 (113th) votes

H.R. 933 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013. A 240 page bill that provides appropriates to many federal agencies. The House agreed to the conference report by a vote of 318 to 109. Republicans voted 203 to 27 in favor. All Kansans except Huelskamp voted in favor.

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KAKE: WSU professor denounces negative Tiahrt-Hartman attack ads Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:00:00 EST
WICHITA, Kan. -- The race for the Kansas 4th District Congressional seat is about as hot as the July weather right now.

Representative Mike Pompeo is being challenged by the former holder of that seat -- Todd Tiahrt. Wichita State University Political Science Professor Ken Ciboski says the race is following a familiar pattern.

Ciboski says, "It's about the candidates themselves. It's really not about issues."

Ciboski has seen it for many years,.saying the Pompeo Tiahrt race is shaking out to be a real mudslinger.

"The primaries are always dangerous in this regard for any candidate. There's always going to be mudslinging. You're under a lot of scrutiny because it's about the personalities involved."

He says the commercials by the "Kansans For Responsible Government" political action committee are hurling the most mud in hopes of some of it sticking on Pompeo.

From the day he announced, former Congressman Todd Tiahrt, has campaigned on connecting Congressman Pompeo to Obamacare.

But Ciboski says Pompeo hasn't supported Obamacare.

"IS THERE ANYTHING TO IT THOUGH? No. That's what I'm getting ready to say. What it is is it's part of a bill, part of an overall major funding bill or something like that. Do you as a member of congress do you want to vote against that when there are other things in that you really want? Congressman Pompeo has been adamant again, again and again. He said it in my classes. He said Obamacare is what's driving our costs, driving inflation. He's opposed to it very vociferously.

Ciboski says don't expect much to change between now and the August 5th primary.

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Get Involved and Join the Fun! Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:00:00 EST CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS: We're in the midst of campaign season! It's time to join Team Pompeo on the campaign trail!  We're already walking in parades, going door to door, making phone calls & distributing yards signs. We need your help to keep the momentum going strong!

First up--it's campaign phone bank season! Time for ringing bells, dialing phones, winning prizes, and getting votes for Mike! Our volunteer callers from last year love our new phone system this year and say it's "easier than ever."  Our phone bank this year is designed to tell folks across the district a little about Mike, get votes for Mike, and see who wants a yard sign.  Our callers are getting very positive responses, so this is a fun job!  Food and drinks are provided --plus you can win prizes! We are making calls days and evenings, as well as on weekends--so, whenever you have a couple hours to give, we'll take you! You can drop in when you're available, but we'd love it if you'd schedule yourself and tell us when you're coming. We are looking for captains for each calling session. (Boy, do we have special surprises for our captains!) Captains bring along five friends to call with them and their team is eligible for big prizes.

Please call or text Mary Galyon at (316) 655-5487 or Christian Kilgore at (316) 218-5387 to sign up for the phone bank now!


And don't forget about the PARADES! Team Pompeo participates in parades all across the 4th District.  

For each parade, you can ride with a group from the campaign office or meet us at the parade location. We'll provide you with T-shirts and goodies at the event! Check the campaign trail blog to see where we'll be next for a parade, or sign up for our campaign emails in the top right-hand corner of the webpage!

It's also time to put out your yard sign! If you still have your sign from previous campaigns in your garage, dust it off and stick it out in your front lawn. If you don't have one, please call the campaign office at (316) 633-4700 to let us know. Our speedy field reps will deliver one right to your door. We can also deliver and set up 4x8 signs for you!

And speaking of deliveries, the field reps are able to bring any of our Pompeo for Congress goodies to your home.  Our campaign office is fully stocked with:

  • Navy blue T-shirts from youth sizes to XXXL
  • Bumper stickers, both magnetic and easy-off
  • Pompeo for Congress buttons (perfect for clothing and purses!)
  • Window clings
  • Wrist bands
  • Fans

Primary election day is August 5th.  Mike needs your help to win! If you can only help a little, Team Pompeo still greatly appreciates your time.  And, we’d welcome a contribution too.  Even just $5 means a lot to our effort.  Click here to make a contribution.

The most important way to support Team Pompeo is by talking with your friends and family about why they should vote for Mike. Read on to learn about our successful Get 10 strategy:


GET 10 It’s been Mike’s philosophy since the Pompeo For Congress campaign began in 2009. If every Team Pompeo supporter secures 10 votes for Team Pompeo—we’ll win.

What’s the best strategy to secure your 10?
  1. Think of family members, friends and work colleagues that would be interested and give them information about Mike (Need a few supplies? Call us at 633-4700 and we’ll put some information cards, volunteer cards & a couple bumper stickers in the mail to you!)
  2. Provide your personal endorsement of Mike (THE most important thing!) If your friends want to meet Mike, bring them to one of our monthly volunteer meetings*.
  3. Be sure your prospects are registered so they are qualified to vote for Mike.   (We have the voter registration forms at our office. Drop by or call and we’ll mail them to you.)
  4. If there’s a chance any of your “10” will be out of town during voting this fall, help them secure an advanced ballot.
  5. Keep them enthused.
  6. Check in to be sure your “10” have voted and, if it helps, offer them a ride to the voting poll or go together to vote!
  7. Come to the election night watch party and celebrate the Team Pompeo victory!
 
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FACT CHECK: Congressman Pompeo Has Been a Frontline Fighter Against Obamacare Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:00:00 EST  FACT CHECK: Congressman Pompeo Has Been a Frontline Fighter Against Obamacare

Tiahrt-Hartman’s negative campaign strategy ignores key facts

 

WICHITA—Contrary to two new misleading negative campaign ads by the Tiahrt-Hartman campaign, the Pompeo for Congress campaign stands by Mike Pompeo’s record as a stalwart against Obamacare who has voted against the law 57 times.  In fact, Kansas voters know better, since Mike Pompeo’s first campaign featured opposition to Obamacare as its cornerstone.

 

Here’s a fact check:

 

  • In a recent article, the Wichita Eagle said the claim was not accurate because Pompeo never voted for any bills that specified money for the health care act—nor would he. Chapman Rackaway, a political science professor at Fort Hays State University, is quoted in the article: “Tiahrt is playing free and loose with what constitutes Obamacare here.” 

 

 

  • Kansans for Life, whose endorsement is partly based on opposition to Obamacare, endorsed Rep. Pompeo over Mr. Tiahrt.
  • The Club for Growth and FreedomWorks, two conservative groups leading the fight against Obamacare, have endorsed Rep. Pompeo over Mr. Tiahrt, citing his opposition to Obamacare.

 

 

  • Governor Mike Huckabee also recently endorsed Rep. Pompeo for re-election, describing Pompeo as “the true conservative in this race” and praising his “solid pro-life record” and “his strong opposition to Obamacare.”
  • Every member of the Kansas House delegation – Reps. Huelskamp, Jenkins, and Yoder – would ALL be deemed Obamacare supporters using Tiahrt-Hartman’s bizarre logic. 

 

 

  • Rep. Pompeo has voted over 50 times to repeal Obamacare.

 

 

“Everyone, including Mr. Tiahrt and Mr. Hartman, knows that Mike has always fought against Obamacare and its job-crushing regulations,” said Jim Richardson, campaign manager.  “In fact, Mr. Tiahrt has yet to clarify what he meant when he told the Butler County Times-Gazette ‘Some provisions in Obamacare should remain…’”

 

Mr. Richardson added, “These two candidates are very different.  Mr. Tiahrt is focused on distorting the record through innuendo and implication.  Rep. Pompeo is focused on repealing Obamacare once and for all.”

 

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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.

  

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Tiahrt-Hartman Campaign Reaches New Low Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:00:00 EST  July 10, 2014--For Immediate Release

Tiahrt-Hartman Campaign Reaches New Low

Congressman Pompeo Has Been a Consistent, Fierce Critic and Frontline Fighter Against Obamacare 

WICHITA—Today, the Tiahrt-Hartman campaign released two more negative TV attack ads targeting Rep. Mike Pompeo.  This time, they rehash Mr. Tiahrt’s old, patently false argument that Rep. Pompeo supports Obamacare.  Kansas voters deserve better than a 16-year congressman-turned-lobbyist trying to fool them.  They know better, too.

The ads claim that Rep. Pompeo supports Obamacare.  This claim, if Obamacare were not such a serious disaster, would be laughable.  Here is the growing proof of the falsity of the Tiahrt-Hartman claim:

In a recent article, the Wichita Eagle said the claim was not accurate. Chapman Rackaway, a political science professor at Fort Hays State University, is quoted in the article: “Tiahrt is playing free and loose with what constitutes Obamacare here.”

Kansans for Life fights hard against Obamacare and has endorsed Rep. Pompeo over Mr. Tiahrt.  Why would they do that if Pompeo supported Obamacare?  The answer—they would not.

The Club For Growth and FreedomWorks, two groups leading the national conservative fight against Obamacare, have endorsed Rep. Pompeo over Mr. Tiahrt.  Why would they do that that if Rep. Pompeo supported Obamacare?  The answer—they would not. 

Governor Mike Huckabee also recently endorsed Rep. Pompeo for re-election, describing Pompeo as “the true conservative in this race” and praising his “solid pro-life record” and “his strong opposition to Obamacare.”

Under the Tiahrt-Hartman theory that claims Rep. Pompeo supports Obamacare, every member of the Kansas House delegation – Reps. Huelskamp, Jenkins, and Yoder – would ALL be deemed Obamacare supporters.  Really, every member of the most conservative delegation in the entire country is a “closet” Obamacare supporter?  Simply not true.

Finally, Rep. Pompeo has been tested on this issue: he has voted over 50 times to defund or repeal Obamacare. 

“Everyone, including Mr. Tiahrt and Mr. Hartman, knows that Mike has always fought against Obamacare and its job-crushing regulations,” said Jim Richardson, campaign manager.  “In fact, Mr. Tiahrt has yet to clarify what he meant when he told the Butler County Times-Gazette ‘Some provisions in Obamacare should remain…’ 

Mr. Richardson added, “These two candidates are very different.  Mr. Tiahrt is focused on distorting the record through innuendo and implication.  Rep. Pompeo is focused on repealing Obamacare once and for all.”

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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. 

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Kansas GOP race heats up with election complaint Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:00:00 EST here.

by Roxana Hegeman, AP

WICHITA, Kan. — The divisive Republican primary fight for the U.S. House seat in south-central Kansas has heated up a notch with the filing of a complaint at the Federal Election Commission alleging unlawful coordination between the campaign of former congressman Todd Tiahrt and the "super PAC" founded by a Wichita oilman who is supporting him.

On Thursday, Robert Noland, campaign manager for Tiahrt, said the collusion never happened and called the allegations "garbage."

"This is a politically motivated attack and the bottom line is: There is not now, nor there has been, any coordination occurring between the Tiahrt campaign and any third party groups," he said.

Tiahrt is challenging U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo in the GOP 4th District primary. Tiahrt held the office for 16 years, but did not seek re-election in 2010 to run for the U.S. Senate. He lost in the Republican primary to Jerry Moran, who went on to win the Senate seat. Tiahrt is now citing the dysfunction in Congress in a bid to reclaim his old seat.

His campaign is getting support from Kansans for Responsible Government, a super PAC that's free from campaign contribution limits. It was formed by Kansas oilman Willis "Wink" Hartman, whom Pompeo defeated in 2010 in the GOP primary for the then-open 4th District seat.

Jane Deterding, chairman of the board for Citizens Bank of Kansas and a longtime Pompeo ally, filed an FEC complaint late last month against Tiahrt's campaign and Kansans for Responsible Government.

Deterding told The Associated Press on Thursday that she called Pompeo's campaign and talked to someone on his staff there to get some of the details used in the filing.

"Ms. Deterding is a private citizen who asked us for some details that were relevant for her complaint. We had nothing to do with its filing," Jim Richardson, campaign manager for Pompeo, said in an email. "However, the facts of the complaint, which are not accusations but verifiable facts, have not been disputed by the Tiahrt campaign. We have been aware of this coordination between Mr. Hartman and Mr. Tiahrt for some time and are glad it's finally coming to light."

Hartman did not return a phone message left at his office.

Tiahrt acknowledged in an interview with the AP before the FEC complaint was filed that he sees Hartman socially. Tiahrt also said Hartman sponsored a fundraiser for him, but insisted he has not talked to Hartman about the PAC. "I have no idea what he is doing," Tiahrt said.

The complaint alleges that within days of Tiahrt announcing his candidacy, the PAC disclosed payments of more than $15,000 to produce and advertise in support of Tiahrt. Radio ads started running almost immediately thereafter, suggesting they had been created and purchased ahead of the announcement, according to the complaint. The PAC's commercials echo the issues raised by the Tiahrt campaign.

Noland declined to specifically address the allegations.

"There has been no coordination so we don't feel like we have to explain ourselves," Noland said. "There is nothing there."


Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/2014/07/10/3548156/kansas-gop-race-heats-up-with.html#storylink=cpy

 

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