PompeoForCongress.com http://www.pompeoforcongress.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:58:15 EST 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.

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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

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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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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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National Right to Life endorses Mike for re-election Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:00:00 EST ]]> http://www.PompeoForCongress.com/media/?subsec=7&id=581 2014 TV Messages Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:00:00 EST
 
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Watch this KWCH fact check of our commercial, "Mike Fights for Kansas Aviation."





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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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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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Parade, Meet and Greet with Mike on Friday, Volunteer Meeting on Sunday! Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:00:00 EST

Join Mike on the campaign trail this week at two special events!  We hope you can make it and support him before the primary election on August 5th.  Please call the campaign office at (316) 633-4700 for more information about each event.

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Team Pompeo July Volunteer Meeting

Sunday, July 13 at 2 PM

Wichita Area Builders Association
730 N Main St. 
Wichita, KS 67203
Click here for a map

This is it... Come help us count down to victory at our monthly Team Pompeo volunteer meeting!  Enjoy refreshments and get the inside scoop on our very successful campaign activities.  Mike will give us the latest news on Team Pompeo's efforts and on his work in D.C.  Bring your friends and neighbors, because this is a great chance to meet Mike and load up on Pompeo gear: T-shirts, bumper stickers, buttons, and more!

We will also have a full report of our phone bank team success from Christian Kilgore, so get ready for some marvelous news!  And, we have some exciting announcements from the field team -- be sure you're there on Sunday for "Inside the Huddle with Amy and the Field Reps!" You won't want to miss this! 


Every day is busy and productive at our phone bank!

The meeting is open to those who have volunteered and anyone who is interested in getting involved with Team Pompeo.  We can't wait to share all the good news with you!

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Meet & Greet with Mike Pompeo

Friday, July 11 from 6 - 7 PM 

Hosted by Kelley Edgar at Edgar Oil
117 N. Washington
Wellington, KS 67152
Click here for a map

This Friday, Team Pompeo heads to Wellington to celebrate the Wheat Capital of the World!  Join us at the Meet & Greet with Mike Pompeo, hosted by Kelley Edgar at Edgar Oil.  Here's another chance for you to share your thoughts with Mike and hear about his vision for America.

Stop by for cold beverages, grab your Pompeo gear, and put on your "I Like Mike" buttons, wristbands, and stickers for the Wheat Festival Parade!

Edgar Oil used to be home to the old Mercer Pool Hall, which served up delicious chili that Wellington natives still remember.  The Mercer Pool Hall was the storied business of Mike's grandparents, Earl and Grace Mercer.  It's located on Main Street of Wellington's historic district.  

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Wellington Wheat Festival Parade

Friday, July 11 

Line up at 7 PM, Parade at 8 PM
Meet at Wellington City Hall
317 S. Washington Ave.
Wellington, KS 67152
Click here for a map

After the Meet & Greet, come walk with Mike and Team Pompeo in the Wheat Festival Parade!  We encourage you to bring your kids and your dogs, and Team Pompeo will provide Wheat Festival buttons for everyone who wants to walk with us.  Many of us will also be staying for the carnival after the parade for funnel cakes and bright lights!

Team Pompeo in Park City on July 4, 2014.

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Thanks again to all of our volunteers and supporters -- we appreciate your dedication to our campaign.  With only 26 more days until the primary election, we're counting on you to keep our momentum going strong!

Cheers,

Courtney Moore
Director of Communications
Pompeo for Congress

P.S.

If you're in Wellington tonight, come to the Wheat Festival Candidate Forum and Ice Cream Social at 6:30 PM.  Mike will participate in the forum at the Raymond Frye Complex at 320 N. Jefferson Ave. Come hear from national, state, and local candidates, who will each have five minutes to make remarks.

In case you missed it...

Koch Industries backs Pompeo in Kansas

Quasi-lobbyist runs as earmarker in Kansas GOP primary

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Wichita Eagle Letter to the Editor: GMOs are Good Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12:00:00 EST Read the letter here.

I have been very disappointed to see former Rep. Todd Tiahrt’s recent attacks on Kansas agriculture during his run for Congress. Specifically, his remarks on the proposal by Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, on labeling of genetically modified organisms really brings my blood to a boil. Biotechnology is an important and critical part of modern agriculture.

During the next 40 years, the world population is expected to grow by more than 2.5 billion people. Without biotechnology it will be impossible to feed the world. Tiahrt’s description of this as a special-interest bill is totally false. Biotechnology in agriculture is safe. It allows me to use a precise amount of fertilizer at the time the plant needs it. It also allows me to control invasive pests with crops that are naturally able to resist them and, if I need to, apply pesticides to target those pests and not hurt beneficial insects. As a food producer, I take my job seriously and wish to protect the environment for future generations to enjoy.

Pompeo has shown leadership on this issue, and that is critically important to Kansas farmers and families. His work to provide a predictable and science-based regulatory environment gives producers like myself the confidence to know our elected leaders are behind us, every seed and step of the way. GMOs are good for agriculture, and “I Like Mike” Pompeo for his positive stance on GMOs.

MICK RAUSCH

Policy chairman

Sedgwick County Farm Bureau Agricultural Association

Garden Plain

 

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Politico: Koch Industries backs Pompeo in Kansas Tue, 08 Jul 2014 12:00:00 EST here.

By Byron Tau | 7/7/14 5:31 PM EDT

The energy company owned by Republican mega-donors Charles and David Koch is throwing its support behind Rep. Mike Pompeo in a tight GOP primary.

In a statement to POLITICO, Koch Industries said it was supporting Pompeo over former Rep. Todd Tiahrt in a high-profile Kansas congressional race.

“KOCHPAC is proud to support Mike Pompeo for Congress based on his strong support for market-based policies and economic freedom, which benefits society as a whole,” Mark Nichols, vice president of government and public affairs for Koch Industries, told POLITICO.

The race between Pompeo and Tiahrt takes place in Koch Industries’ backyard. The Wichita-based energy company is headquartered in the district and the Koch family has deep ties to the state.

The primary pits two previously Koch-backed Republicans against each other.

Tiahrt represented the district in Congress from 1995 until 2011, when he mounted an unsuccessful bid for Senate. He was replaced by Pompeo — a businessman who has represented the district since 2011.

Tiahrt announced in late May that he was running against Pompeo to reclaim his old seat — citing a difference in “vision, issues, personality and public service” with Pompeo.

Both men have been the recipient of significant amounts of Koch Industries campaign cash in the past.

Koch Industries’ political action committee gave Pompeo the maximum donation of $10,000 in 2013 — before Tiahrt announced his intention to reclaim the seat. Company employees have given an additional $45,000, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Monday’s endorsement affirms the company’s ongoing support for the two-term Republican incumbent over his challenger.

But Tiahrt himself has picked up plenty of Koch cash over the years. The Center for Responsive Politics found that Tiahrt has received nearly $330,000 in Koch employee and PAC cash during his eight terms in Congress.

The GOP primary is set for Aug. 5.

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PARADES: Join Team Pompeo in Cheney TOMORROW and Wellington on FRIDAY! Tue, 08 Jul 2014 12:00:00 EST Team Pompeo,

First, we'd like to give a big thanks to Josh Wells and family for leading a great group of Team Pompeo members in the Derby parade on July 4th. Thanks also to Juvetta Slane and family for leading the Team Pompeo effort in Haysville on the same day! We couldn't be successful without our amazing volunteers. You're the best!

Speaking of volunteers, we have two very big, exciting opportunities for you and your family to have fun with Team Pompeo! Tomorrow (yes, tomorrow!) is the Sedgwick County Fair Parade in Cheney. Please join us for a great evening celebrating the people of Sedgwick County -- and don't forget, there's a carnival that night, too! It's the perfect way to spend an evening with the whole family. For a complete list of activities at the Sedgwick County Fair, click here.

Then, this Friday, Team Pompeo is heading to Wellington to celebrate the Wheat Capital of the World and walk in the evening parade! There will also be a carnival in Wellington, as well as several other fun activities, including a donut eating contest at 6 PM and a free ice cream social at 7 PM. For a complete list of activities at the Wellington Wheat Festival, click here.

Bring your friends, family, and the kids to one or both of these events! 

To our friends in Cheney and Wellington, please come out and join us in the parades! We'd especially love for your kids and your dogs to walk with us. Just look for the Pompeo signs in the parade line up, and we'll provide you with T-shirts and other Team Pompeo goodies!

Come walk with your Team Pompeo friends!

We have two opportunities for our volunteers and supporters:

Wednesday, July 9 (TOMORROW!)

Sedgwick County Fair Parade (Cheney, Kan.)
Line up begins at 5:30 PM, Parade at 6:30 PM

If you want to travel with the Team: Team Pompeo is leaving from the campaign office at 416 S. Market St. in Wichita. We will meet at the campaign office at 4:50 PM. Click here for a map. Team Pompeo will travel to Cheney at 5 PM and arrive before 5:30 PM for the line up.

If you'd prefer to meet us in Cheney: We will be lining up at the corner of 6th and Main St. Click here for a map.
 
Friday, July 11
 
Wellington Wheat Festival Parade
Line up begins at 7 PM, Parade at 8 PM 
 
If you want to travel with the Team:  Team Pompeo is leaving from the campaign office at 416 S. Market St. in Wichita. We will meet at the campaign office at 5:50 PM. Click here for a map. Team Pompeo will travel to Wellington at 6 PM and arrive for 7 PM line up.
 
If you'd prefer to meet us in Wellington: We will be lining up just outside of the Wellington City Hall at 317 S. Washington Ave. at 7 PM. Click here for a map.
 


Team Pompeo in Garden Plain on July 4, 2014.

At the parade, look for Team Pompeo shirts and the Pompeo banners and signs. 
Wear your T-shirt! We will have extra T-shirts there if you need one.

And don't forget! Team Pompeo will bring plenty of goodies to the parade, including Pompeo for Congress yard signs, bumper stickers, and buttons. Be sure to take everything you want home for yourself and to share with your friends, family, and coworkers.

We hope that you will join us at both parades--tomorrow and on Friday! Please contact me at the number below if you have any questions. You are always welcome to call the campaign office at (316) 633-4700 or stop by and visit us at 416 S. Market in Wichita. (click the address to view a map)

We look forward to seeing you this week!

Cheers,

Amy Rider
Field and Events Operations Leader
(316) 210-8587

Pompeo for Congress

P.S.

In case you missed it...

Koch Industries backs Pompeo in Kansas 

Quasi-lobbyist runs as earmarker in Kansas GOP primary

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Should our next congressman be able to think and to know what HE believes? Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:00:00 EST

You may have read over the last few weeks that Mr. Tiahrt has not responded to our request to sit down and discuss a series of debates.  That’s still true and we are now less than 30 days from the primary election day.  We’ve not received even one call, or one email – not even a smoke signal – indicating any willingness to talk with me or our campaign about how to get debates set up with fair and common rules.

That’s too bad.  Not for Mr. Tiahrt or for me, but for you.

The Tiahrt campaign has instead tried to work through intermediaries to shape various appearances and generally make it difficult for the two of us to debate.  That is not proving to work well.

The dispute over the rules for the debates boils down to this:  Mr. Tiahrt is demanding that each candidate be permitted to bring pre-written materials, statements and notes to the podium to assist in his presentation.  Speaking without notes or aids is a common debate rule (and even more common in the real world outside of the beltway!).  Mr. Tiahrt seems to have some trouble speaking to you without aid or assistance from notes.

Moran-Tiahrt debate on KSN-TV Topeka from 2010: 
Tiahrt can’t recall what he thinks without notes.

Mr. Tiahrt’s refusal to stand on his own two feet raises a series of questions:

  1. How would Kansas voters benefit from watching candidates read answers pre-written by their handlers and advisors?
     
  2. Don’t voters deserve to see if the candidates can think in response to questions from Kansans and to challenges from their opponent?  (Goodness knows that President Obama is not going to back off because the congressman from KS-4 reads someone else’s statement from a podium!)
     
  3. Does Mr. Tiahrt not know what he believes?  After 16 years in Congress, three years as a federal lobbyist, and a political career before that, is he incapable of addressing the complex issues facing our nation without crib notes and a three ring binder? 
     
  4. We were all critical of President Obama when he read all of his statements from the teleprompter.  How is using pre-written statements at a debate any different from that?

I truly do hope that we get multiple opportunities to give you all a side-by-side comparison of where Mr. Tiahrt and I have different views.  We are very different men with very different missions.  Debates would make clear that:

  • I believe in you;  Mr. Tiahrt raised his own pay five times.  Five times.  He voted to raise the debt limit four times with zero budget reforms in exchange.  Zero.
  • Mr. Tiahrt believes that nearly everything good that happened in Kansas during his decade and a half in Congress was because he took your money to Washington, D.C., and sent a little bit back to Kansas in an earmark; I just want government out of the way because I know you’ll succeed; and
  • Mr. Tiahrt continues to believe that our children’s education is best directed from Washington, D.C.  He voted to federalize our education system by supporting No Child Left Behind that took massive power from our teachers and principals and handed it over to the federal government.

There are many others.  It’s why the opportunity to communicate with Kansans in debates matters.  I hope Mr. Tiahrt will reconsider and be willing to share his ideas – not those of his un-elected counselors – with the good people of South Central Kansas.

Mike

P.S. Visit our Facebook page to see pictures from the great opportunity we had to learn from, listen to, and connect with Kansans during our Fourth of July weekend!

In case you missed it...

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Rep. Pompeo sets himself apart from Mr. Tiahrt in today’s forum Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:00:00 EST July 7, 2014 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 


Rep. Pompeo sets himself apart from Mr. Tiahrt in today’s forum
Mr. Tiahrt defends his government votes for earmarks

 

WICHITA—Today, Rep. Mike Pompeo and Todd Tiahrt faced off for the first time during a forum hosted by the Wichita Crime Commission at Scotch & Sirloin restaurant in Wichita.

 

Rep. Pompeo presented his positive, truthful vision for the future of Kansas. He knows that Kansans should be able to make decisions for themselves, as opposed to decisions made about Kansas money by bureaucrats in Washington.

 

“Earmarks are the gateway drug to corruption,” Rep. Pompeo said. “There’s a third option [besides letting the President or Congress control your money]—it’s leaving the money at home in the first place.”

 

Jim Richardson, the Pompeo for Congress campaign manager, was pleased with how the forum went.

 

“It reinforces that Mike is the true fiscal conservative that believes deeply in free-market principles, which are essential to our prosperity and freedom,” Richardson said. “Mike Pompeo believes in Kansans, not in Washington, D.C.”

 

Rep. Pompeo also asserted his belief in a strong national security.  He discussed his work with the NSA and the Pompeo Amendment, the legislation he passed that protects American citizens’ phone calls and e-mails.

 

“I don’t play politics with your family’s safety and the safety of America,” Rep. Pompeo said. “This world is a dangerous place, and the men and women at the NSA - almost half of who are uniformed military personnel - are an important part of that effort to keep everyone here in Kansas safe.”

 

As part of his closing statement, Rep. Pompeo said, “I’m on a mission in Washington, D.C., to reduce the size and scope of the government.  I want to get this done, and then I can’t wait to get back in to the private sector—the real world.”

 

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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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