Oct 29, 2006
The Snoop Dog Page
Summary: Dr. George Tiller from Wichita appears to have perfected hiding his participation in the Kansas political process from most voters in 2006 using a non-profit organization, Kansans for Consumer Privacy Protection. This non-profit sent a number of "Snoop Dog" mailings to perhaps hundreds of thousands of voters in Kansas. But the non-profit group claims these mailings are "educational" and they are exempt from normal reporting by Kansas political action committees (PACs). Recent information shows this non-profit is also ignoring IRS 990 reporting to the IRS and so far seems exempt from state and federal laws. Why do we even have campaign finance laws if one person in Wichita can spend as much as he wants to affect Kansas politics?
A June 2007 Topeka Capital-Journal article revealed many details behind Tiller's ProKanDo PAC in last year's election (Tiller's influence on state debated), but the following report adds many details the press has ignored. This report first gives an overview of the six known Snoop Dog Mailings, and then gives details about where the pieces were printed and mailed. Clues are given that a left-leaning Washington, DC direct mail company, was likely behind the mailings, and clients of that company include the ProKanDo PAC. Finally, a chronology of what information was known when shows voters were kept in the dark about most of this information before the Nov. 2006 election, and there is much not known about this non-profit.
Details: Here is a summary of the six known Snoop Dog attack pieces against Phill Kline:
|Article||Snoop Dog I||Snoop Dog II||Snoop Dog III||Snoop Dog IV||Snoop Dog V||Snoop Dog VI|
|Size||8.5" x 11"||8.5" x 11"||7" x 10"||8.5" x 11"||8.5" x 11"||8.5" x 11"|
|Known to be sent
to Voters in these
|JO, SN||JO, SN||JO, SN||JO, SN||SN, others||SN, others|
|Code on Mailing||KPP0605||KPP0602||KPP0603||KPP0601||KPP0604||KPP0606|
Other counties known to receive some or all of these mailings (eactly which mailings were sent to which counties is not known):
Not everyone is receiving the mailings, but the pattern of who is receiving them and who is not is not at all clear.
Detailed Snoop Dog Articles:
The mailings are all labeled as coming from the non-profit group, Kansans for Consumer Privacy Protection:
Here's an enlargement of one of the labels:
This enlargement clearly shows the union label for "Graphic Communications International Union. According to the search page for Graphic Communications Conference of the Int'l Brotherhood of Teamsters, the print shop responsible for the "15-P" GCIU Union Code is Johnson Litho Graphics of Eau Claire, 2219 Galloway St, Eau Claire, WI 54703.
The expenditures of Kansans for Consumer Privacy Protection are still unknown (if the IRS would force them to file an IRS form, some details of their expenditures would be known), but there is another clue about this mailing in the postage mark for bulk posting:
The postal mark "SM&M" is a bit of a mystery but may be for Strategic Marketing and Mailing in Chicago:
This clues seems to be a dead end until the following mailing was found on the Internet, which shows nearly the same mode of operation involving a union printer and a SM&M postal mark. This is from a mailing from Democrat Barbara Fraser For County Council in St. Louis, MO:
Notice all the similarities between the Snoop Dog mailings and the mailing by Democrat Barbara Fraser:
Because of the degree of similarity, one could speculate both mailings were part of a common Democratic Party tactic used in the different elections, with common Democrat-friendly vendors. There's no direct proof of any connection between Barbara Fraser in St. Louis and Kansans for Consumer Privacy Protection, however.
Information from Barbara Fraser's contribution report in Missouri gives some clues about vendors she used in her mailing:
Did MSHC Partners in DC have some part in the Snoop Dog mailings via the ProKanDo connection?
MSHC Partners lists "Kansas" on their "State Strategies | Our Clients" web page. MSHC has done consulting work for a number of "section 527" liberal, environmentalist and Democratic groups. MSHC also worked with a number of liberal organizations, creating political mail for the National Education Association, NARAL and Pro-Choice America.
Blaemire Communications lists these clients: Kansas Democratic Party, ProKanDo, Kansas Coalition for Lifesaving Cures, and MSHC Partners. I cannot find the "connections" Blaemire and the KDP or the Kansas Coalition for Lifesaving Cures.
As originally reported by the Kansas Meadowlark, the address of Kansans for Consumer Privacy Protection group is the same as Tiller's ProKanDo pro-abortion Political Action Committee. The non-profit address matches the ProKanDo address given in their PAC's Statement of Organization, which is proof the PAC and the non-profit shared the same address. However, ProKanDo often uses their PO Box in solicitations, and did file a Form 8871 with the IRS in 2003 showing their address was P.O. Box 8249, Wichita 67208.
Coincidences or connections? Until the Kansans for Privacy Protection non-profit files an IRS 990, other connections and conclusions will be difficult, but some connection between the Snoop Dog mailings likely exists between MSHC Partners in DC, and either or both of the ProKanDo PAC and the Kansas Democratic Party.
Nov 16, 2007: Integrity of Kansas Elections Less Important to IRS than "Privacy Rights" of Groups Abusing Non-Profit Laws. The IRS refuses to say what the legal status of Kansans for Consumer Privacy Protection is, but how is this group exempt from IRS laws? The haven't filed either IRS 8872 or IRS 990 forms.
Oct 24, 2007: The ProKanDo PAC blog uses the "Snoop Dog" theme from the Kansans for Consumer Privacy Protection non-profit in attacking Kline: "Snoop Dog Kline is at it again!" Why can a PAC and a non-profit share a common marketing theme, nearly a year after the election?
June 10, 2007: Letter from IRS says this about Kansans for Consumer Privacy Protection: "We have no record of the tax-exempt status of this organization under 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code." Apparently, this Kansas non-profit has exempted itself from IRS 990 reporting.
Jan 10, 2007: Report filed today with the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission shows ProKanDo PAC received $34,000 contribution from the non-profit Kansans for Consumer Privacy Protection on Oct 31, 2006.
Nov 7, 2006: General Election 2006
Nov 4: Snoop Dog VI revealed. Some voters in Kansas received SIX mailings from secretive Kansans for Consumer Privacy Protection "non profit."
Snoop Dog Mailing #6 Reported. Yes, one household has received SIX mailings from Tiller about Phill Kline.
A second, apparently unrelated non-profit acting like a PAC has surfaced. See Progress Kansas details.
Nov 2: Kansans for Consumer Privacy Protection, a non-profit group exempt from political reporting, sponsored a radio commercial heard yesterday on KMAJ in Topeka about 6:15 AM. The ad claimed Kline is "snooping" around women's medical records. It also said something like, "no wonder two former attorneys general refuse to support Kline."
Snoop Dog Mailing #5 (KPP0604) has surfaced.
Wichita Voters for Truth PAC surfaces with pro-abortion mailing in certain State Rep races in Wichita. Three of the 4 known "Truth PAC" contributors are also contributors to the ProKanDo PAC. Two were underwriters for a June 2004 ProKanDo fundraising event.
Nov 2: Garden City Telegram: Groups attempting to influence AG's race. Note the Kansas press still has not researched the 2002 race: "Tiller directed more than $150,000 toward defeating Kline in 2002, when he beat Democrat Chris Biggs." A figure closer to $300,000 or possibly $400,000, would be more accurate.
Nov 1: Kansas City Star, Abortion politics a part of attorney general race, shows spending of almost $500,000 in efforts to oust Kline.
Nov 1: Lawrence Journal-World, Kline says office received abortion records a week ago
Nov 1: Kansans for Lifesaving Cures Joins "Snoop Dog" Campaign. What do "Lifesaving Cures" have to do with redacted medical records? Kansans for Lifesaving Cures attacks Phill Kline over redacted medical records while supporting Kathleen Sebelius and Paul Morrison? Click here to see mailing. Is the Kansas Democratic Party "Coordinated Campaign" behind all of this?
How much of the money that Kansans for Lifesaving Cures has in the bank -- $209,398 -- will be spent in the next few days before the November election?
Oct 31: A family of four Republican voters in Shawnee County received this push poll phone call today:
Another Shawnee County voter received this call:
It's not clear whether this is a "Snoop Dog" phone call, or possibly is related to the Kansans for Lifesaving Cures mailing.
A family from Pottawatomie County reports: "We’ve had 5 or 6 'SnoopDog' mailings to date, all different, all stupid, and aimed at the ignorant. They strongly resemble, in design, some petty 'Shallenburger' mailings sent out 4 years ago that basically attacked him by making fun of his name."
A Leavenworth County resident reports: "I am shocked by the number of mailings I have received AGAINST Phill Kline this week alone. Today's mailing is large and refers to Kline as a "Snoop Dog". It seems everyone I have spoken to in my area has received these and we're all registered Republicans! I can't imagine the amount of money spent on these distortions of the truth. I'm getting nervous about this election.... I just finished reading Bill O' Reilly's book Culture Warrior and boy did I agree with him that we are in the midst of a culture war! If only citizens realized this and stopped being apathetic. "
Oct 31: Topeka Capital Journal: Tiller tied to anti-Kline mailers -- Address is same as that of political group founded by abortion doctor
Oct 31: The Kansas Press went nuts attacking Kline over $1.5 million from Republican State Leadership Committee, after the press ignores the mailings and phone calls described here. See Lawrence Journal-World article.
Oct 30: Report filed today with the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission shows ProKanDo gave $68,000 to Kansans for Consumer Privacy Protection on Oct 13 and another $27,300 on Oct 17.
Oct 30: Snoop Dog apparently makes phone calls too! THREE voters report "Snoop Dog" phone calls.
Oct 30: progressiveU Blog: "in government class my teacher showed us an advertisement that he got in the mail. it was a pamphlet that said "Snoop Dog needs to be put on a leash" on the front...and on the inside it was talking about how Attorney General Phill Kline is trying to get medical records in Kansas made public, aka 'snooping' in other people's business. now, i don't like kline, but this ad was a ridiculous attempt to get the younger voters on tim morrison's (his opponent) side. honestly. it made me laugh, though. so the suspicious part about the ad is that the supposed "third party" that paid for the pamphlet...doesn't exist. so it's an illegal ad. good times...good times. "
Oct 29: Time to get a cow patty detector in Southwest Daily Times (Liberal, KS):
Oct 29: Lawrence Journal World: Campaign ads mask sponsors’ identities
Oct 29: Kansas City Star: Kline seeks source of fliers: Candidate says Wichita abortion provider sent out critical brochures. (appeared in print on . p. B-2)
Oct 28: WE Blog "Open Thread": "Are the KC Star and Wichita Eagle having a "tag team" attack on Kline?"
Oct 27: KC Star's KC Buzz Blog: Standing by her allegation
Oct 26: Wichita Eagle Blog: Candidates don’t need help slinging mud. The Eagle puts a link to the second Lawrence Journal World story but does no original reporting even though the story happened right under their nose?
Oct 26: Lawrence Journal World's second article: Anti-Kline mailings linked to Tiller
Oct 25: Lawrence Journal World Gets the Story Right: Abortion doctor behind anti-Kline mailing
Oct 25: Salina Journal Misses Real Story: Repeats Topeka Capital Journal story,
Oct 24: Topeka Capital Journal Misses Real Story: Mailing relies on false figures.
Oct 23: Kansas Meadowlark: Snoop Dog I: Is Dr. Tiller's ProKanDo PAC Behind Hit Piece by "Kansans for Consumer Privacy"? Sneaky Political Money Methods from 2002 Return to Kansas?
Related (and mostly ignored by the Kansas Press):
Is Tiller trying to buy “immunity” should Morrison win?
Morrison attended the recent “Torch Dinner” hosted by the Greater Kansas City Women’s Political Caucus in 2006, and even donated an item for their silent auction (I sure hope Morrison includes that donated item — Dinner for 6 at 40 Sardines in Overland Park with Paul and his wife — in his campaign report that will be published in a day or two). I don’t know whether George Tiller was at that event, but ProKanDo was a “Sponsor” for that event. “Sponsors” were supposed to be contributors of at least $1250, but the recent Missouri Ethics Commission Report did NOT show any ProKanDo contribution at that event.
For some reason the 2006 pictures are not online. The 2005 pictures show both Dr Tiller and Kathleen Sebelius attended last year:
Jennifer Wright (above), who was one of the Torch co-chairs, works for Dr. Tiller as the ProKanDo “Development” Director. Wright was also the Treasurer for the Kansans for a Moderate Government PAC, which spent a lot of political money in Kansas in 2004, also largely ignored by the press.
Did Paul meet George (or Kathleen) at the 2006 Torch dinner?
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