The Kansas Meadowlark

Sept 9, 2007
(Updated Sept 22, 2007)


Kansas Traditional Republican Majority and Kansas Democratic Party Share Major Contributors

Why is KTRM's 501c(4)  "delinquent' as a Kansas corporation and in its IRS 8872 filings?


Summary: While the "liberal" Kansas Democrats and the "moderate" Kansas Republicans have their political differences, their goals are often similar, and both groups work against "conservatives."  Both the "liberal" Kansas Democratic Party (KDP) and the "moderate" Kansans Traditional Republican Majority (KTRM) share many of the same "progressive" agendas in Kansas.  In the 2005-2006 election cycle these groups shared more than agendas when they shared four major political donors, including the KNEA PAC, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce PAC, the Heavy Constructors PAC, and Tim Gill from Denver.  Table 1 shows a summary of contributions from their shared major contributors: 


Table 1.  Summary of Major Contributors 
Shared by KTRM PAC and KDP in the 2005-2006 Election Cycle

Major* Contributor

KTRM PAC

KDP

KNEA PAC, Topeka $25,000 $41,500
Heavy Constructors PAC, Kansas City, MO $28,500 $81,500
Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce PAC 
(aka Biz PAC), Kansas City, MO
$77,000 $13,000
Tim Gill, Denver, CO (LGBT Activist) $25,000 $10,000
Total from Major Contributors

$130,500

$146,000

* "Major" defined as a donor giving $10,000 or more

The Kansas Democratic Party claims a "Blue Tide Rising" in Kansas and their political success can be explained by the massive amounts of political money they've imported from outside of Kansas (e.g., see one complicated money scheme used by Kansas Democrats in the last election cycle to pump money to the KDP, Kathleen Sebelius, Paul Morrison, and a DC polling company), and the conflicts within the Republican Party in Kansas.   

The Kansas Traditional Republican Majority claims they are "traditional" and they are a "majority" but evidence for either claim seems weak.   

Politically, KTRM is as exclusionary as the "single issue" conservatives they complain about.  KTRM only accepts prolife members if that issue would never affect a vote.  KTRM would not accept  prolife folks who are disturbed by the infanticide that is occurring in Wichita.  KTRM supports LGBT activists claiming "It's about time" even though Kansas voters in 2005 voted 70% to 30% confirming traditional marriage.  

The "Country Club" KTRM Republicans seem to be mostly interested in control and power and even fiscal discipline doesn't matter.  KTRM-supported Republicans in the Kansas Legislature didn't care that the Kansas Supreme Court had usurped the power of the Kansas Legislature in the school funding issue.  KTRM wanted the school money, the  issue and weakened conservatives and didn't care the Democrat-controlled Kansas Supreme Court had overstepped its constitutional authority in controlling how the legislature spent money.  KTRM wants political power and control, but how are they different from Kansas Democrats on issues?

KTRM PAC's major contributors shared with the KDP accounted for almost 80% of their funding.  About 13% of KTRM PAC's funding was from "big donors" -- the "Country Club" Republicans  who gave $250 or more.  Only 7% of KTRM PAC's contributions are represented by their "Republican Majority."  See Table 2.  KTRM seems to lack volunteers and their "majority" seems to buy everything they need for their political campaigns. 

Table 2.  Summary of  KTRM PAC Contributors

Category

% of 
Contributions

Major Contributors:  $10,000 or more 79.92%
Big Contributors:  $250 or more 12.91%
Small Contributors 7.17%
TOTAL 100.00

The KTRM PAC had five major areas of expenditures:

  • Mailings, including printing and postage (about $52,000)
  • Office work labor (about $22,000)
  • Radio ads and production ($16,630)
  • Focus group research ($11,722)
  • Polling ($10,200)

In addition to their KTRM PAC, the group appears to have a KTRM 501(c)4 organization, which can be used for "educational" purposes.  The group is a "delinquent" Kansas corporation, according to the Kansas Secretary of State.  The KTRM, Inc. 501(c)4 received $39,602 from the national liberal group, Republican Main Street Partnership in 2005, and $13,631 in 2006.  Other IRS 8872 reports from 2006 are either delinquent, or cannot be found on the IRS site at the present time for unexplained reasons. 

The details of the IRS 8872 forms show Republican Main Street Partnership, Washington, DC, gave $53,233 of the $60,683 in the known filings, and $41,133 was used to pay the salary of the KTRM Executive Director, Ryan Wright.

With more than $25,000 in contributions in 2005, it's not clear whether KTRM, Inc. should have also filed an IRS 990, too, since some financial details are not on the IRS 8872 forms.   


Outline of Details

 


 

Table 3.  Summary of KTRM Contributions by Reporting Period, 2005-2006

Report Date Raised Spent In the Bank
Jan 10, 2006 $59,087.01 $1,123.94 $57,963.07
July 24, 2006 $42,555.00 $45,500.15 $55,017.92
Oct 30, 2006 $60,200.00 $94,259.38 $20,958.54
Jan 10, 2007 $1,450.00 $16,766.58 $5,641.96
TOTAL $163,292.01 $157,650.05 -

 


 

Table 4.  Details of Major Contributors Shared by
Kansas Traditional Republican Majority (KTRM), and
Kansas Democratic Party (KDP)

Links are to Contribution Reports Filed with Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission

Political Contributor Kansas Traditional 
Republican Majority
Kansas 
Democratic Party
1,3
Kansas National Education Association (KNEA)1,2 
Topeka, KS

#1 PAC in Kansas in 2006 according to 
KS Gov't Ethics Commission List

09/20/2005  $25,000 03/25/2005 $1,000
03/30/2005 $1,000
09/20/2005 $1,000
11/16/2005 $4,000
12/13/2005 $2,000

03/15/2006 $5,000
03/15/2006 $5,000
03/15/2006 $5,000
03/15/2006 $5,000
04/05/2006 $5,000
09/30/2006 $5,000
12/14/2006 $2,500

TOTAL:  $41,500

Heavy Constructors Association1,4
Kansas City, MO

The Heavy Constructers in their verified statements showed their $25,000 contribution was to the "Kansas Traditional Republican Party" instead of "Kansas Traditional Republican Majority."  They reported their $3,500 contribution as being to "Kansas Traditional Republicans."

This group was listed in Top 20 PACs in Kansas for 2006 
but likely would have been the #2 PAC in Kansas
if "Verified Statements"
from out-of-state PACs
had been used in the analysis. 

 

12/30/2005 $25,000
10/16/2006   $3,500

TOTAL:  $28,500

03/30/2005  $1,000
04/19/2005  $5,000
10/28/2005  $5,000
10/28/2005  $5,000
10/28/2005  $5,000
10/28/2005  $5,000
10/28/2005 $15,000
12/02/2005  $1,000
12/13/2005  $1,000

03/17/2006   $5,000
03/17/2006   $5,000
03/17/2006 $15,000
04/11/2006   $3,500
08/02/2006   $5,000
08/22/2006  $1,000
10/19/2006 $2,000
12/14/2006 $1,000
12/18/2006 $1,000

TOTAL:  $81,500

Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce PAC2,5
2600 Commerce Tower, 911 Main St
Kansas City, MO  64105

#3 PAC in Kansas in 2006 according to 
KS Gov't Ethics Commission List

06/16/2006 $25,000 11/28/2005 $8,000  6
10/04/2006 $5,000

TOTAL:  $13,000

BizPAC5
911 Main Street, Ste 2600
Kansas City, MO  64105
(aka Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce PAC)
07/28/2006 $17,000
10/05/2006 $10,000

TOTAL:  $52,000

Tim Gill (LGBT activist)7, Denver, Colorado 07/31/2006 $25,000 10/05/2006 $10,000
TOTAL for these Major Shared Contributors $130,500 $146,000

 

Notes:

1Participated in funneling money to Kansas Democrats in last election cycle:  "Kansas Democrats Use Congressional District Party 'Committees' as Political $uperfund To Pump Money to Kansas Democratic Party, Sebelius, Morrison and Pollsters," Kansas Meadowlark, Jan 23, 2007.  Multiple checks written on the same date to the various District "Committees" were part of the scheme to funnel more money to the KDP than could be transferred with a single check. 

2KNEA ($15,000) and the the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce PAC  ($28,775) were two of the three known groups that sent money to the non-profit Progress Kansas to knock out certain State Representatives it the Kansas legislature. See "Case Study of State Rep Gene Rardin's Election: The Kansas Democratic Party's Method of Buying a State Representative Via Their Kansas Coordinated Campaign", Kansas Meadowlark, July 22, 2007

3 Includes contributions directly to the Kansas Democratic Party and their four Congressional District "Committees," their House and Senatorial committees documented in note #1 above.

4 "Weak Kansas Laws Allow 'Heavy' Missouri Group to Hide Their Political Involvement in Kansas Politics," Kansas Meadowlark, Mar 21, 2007.  

5 Why the "Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce PAC" sometimes goes by the name "BizPAC" is not obvious.  The "BizPAC" letterhead says "BizPAC" is "The Political Action Committee of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City."  The footer says "BizPAC funds are used for purposes that are consistent with the goals and missions of both The Chamber and the Civic Council."

6 The Greater KC Chamber report said they sent $5000 to the KDP's "Kansas Coordinated Campaign" but the KDP says they received $8000.

7 For background information on Tim Gill, see Atlantic Monthly, March 2007, "They won't know what hit them."  How a network of gay political donors is stealthily fighting sexual discrimination and reshaping American politics.

 

 


Table 5.  Details  of KTRM Major Donors by Reporting Period:  $10,000 or more
(Almost 80% of all contributions)

Report Date Raised Major Donors:  $10,000 or more
Jan 10, 2006 $59,087.01 $25,000
$25,000
KNEA, Topeka
Heavy Constructors2, KCMO
July 24, 2006 $42,555.00 $25,000 GKC Chamber of Commerce4,5
Oct 30, 2006 $60,200.00 $17,000
$25,000
$10,000
$3,500
Biz PAC (aka GKC Chamber)5
Tim Gill7 , Denver
Biz PAC (aka GKC Chamber)5
Heavy Constructors2, KCMO
Jan 10, 2007 $1,450.00 $0      
TOTAL $163,292.01 $130,500
% 100.00% 79.92%

 


Table 6.  Details  of KTRM Big Donors by Reporting Period:  $250 or more

Report Date Raised Big Donors:  $250 or more
(in order of contribution)
Comments
Jan 10, 2006 $59,087.01 $550 Paul Debauge, Emporia husband of former KS Board of Regent,
Janice DeBauge; $2000+ contributor to Sebelius
$1,000 Jack Ranson, Wichita Investment Banker.  See notes below1 .
KTRM Board of Directors;
ProKanDo contributor;
2004 Presidential elector
$2,497 Responsible Republicans for
Kansas PAC1, Shawnee Mission
See notes below1
$3,339 Johnson County Republicans
for Education PAC2, Shawnee Mission
See notes below2
$1,000 Raymond Woods, Independence Retired; 
Sebelius, Morrison, ProKanDo Contributor
July 24, 2006 $42,555.00 $250 John and Joe Robb, Newton Attorneys; Both contributors to Paul Morrison;
John Robb was General Counsel for Schools for Fair Funding in school funding law suite.  
See notes below3
$1,000 William Taylor, Overland Park CPA, Retired; $1000 "Think Big" contribution supporting bistate tax
$250 Donald Berry, Topeka Attorney
$250 Shirley Helzberg, Mission Hills Community volunteer; Contributor to Sebelius and Morrison; Bistate tax proponent in 2002
$500 James Sunderland, Leawood Retired
$1,000 Bob Cutler, Overland Park Business owner; Morrison contributor
$1,000 John Petersen, Overland Park Attorney; 
$500 Richard Cray, Mission Hills Retired
$500 Merrill Werts, Junction City Retired
$500 Roland Rhodes, Gardner CEO
$250 Cloud L. Cray, Jr., Atchison Retired
$1,000 Becky Johnson, Parker Business Partner;
KTRM Board of Directors;
$250 Jan Meyers, Overland Park Retired; former U.S. Congresswoman
$250 Kansas Lumber Homestore, Inc.
Manhattan
former Kansas Speaker Kent Glasscock's business; KTRM Exec Director Ryan Wright was Glasscock's legislative director
$250 Andrew Wollen, Lenexa Mortgage Lender; KTRM Chair; 
JoCo GOP Chair (2002);
KTRM Board of Directors;
$500 Bonnie Cloud, Lenexa Retired; Steve Cloud's mom
$500 Stephen Cloud, Lenexa Owner, IBT;
see notes below1,2;
KTRM Board of Directors;
GOP Club of JoCo Board of Directors;
Republican National Committeeman for Kansas
$1,000 Joan Edwards, Mission Hills Retired
$500 Patrick Colloton, Leawood Retired; husband of State Rep Patricia Colloton;
KTRM Board of Directors;
(two $250 contributions)
Oct 30, 2006 $60,200.00 $500 Lee Borck, Great Bend Rancher; $4000 contributor to Sebelius
$250 Bill Smith, Washington, DC Consultant, full service media firm
$1200 Jack Ranson, Wichita Entrepreneur.  See notes below1 .
KTRM Board of Directors;
$500 Cliff Jones, Prairie Village Retired
Jan 10, 2007 $1,450.00 $0 -

 

  
TOTAL $163,292.01 $21,086
% 100.00% 12.91%

Only 7.17% of KTRM's contributions are from "small" donors

 

Notes:

1 Steve Cloud established Responsible Republicans for Kansas as a non-profit and filed an IRS Form 8871 on Feb 17, 2004.  Jack Ranson, Wichita, is Treasurer but files from Cloud's business address. 

Responsible Republicans for Kansas PAC terminated and sent their assets to KTRM.

2 Johnson Country Republicans for Education PAC:    Steve Cloud's JCRE PAC received a $20,000 payment in 2002 and another $20,000 payment in 2004 from the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, which Cloud used to send multiple mailings to voters about precinct and State Rep races.  See Missouri Interference in Kansas Elections AGAIN! Steve Cloud gets another $20,000 from Missouri sources for his control of the Kansas Republican Party, Kansas Meadowlark, Aug 5, 2004, and Greater Kansas City Missouri Chamber continues meddling in Kansas Politics in 2006? GOP National Committeeman for Kansas, Steve Cloud, gets $25,000 election year stipend for his KTRM group?, Kansas Meadowlark, July 17, 2006.  

Johnson Country Republicans for Education PAC terminated and sent their assets to KTRM.

3Topeka Capital-Journal, Sept 5, 2006, "Quirky spending discovered"

John Robb, a Newton attorney who served as co-counsel to Rupe, was in Topeka during May 2000 to attend meetings related to the litigation. He billed Schools for Fair Funding a rate of $125 for a 12-hour work day, pocketing $1,500. He also charged his client districts for a $13 parking ticket he received in Topeka.

 


KTRM PAC's Political Contributions to Candidates

Statewide Detail

Party

Primary

General

Date

Dollars

Recipient

Contest

R

W

W

6/28/2006

$2,000.00

PRAEGER, SANDY

Insurance

R

W

W

6/27/2006

$1,000.00

THORNBURGH, RON

SecretaryOfState

Oddly, there was no KTRM contribution to State Treasurer Lynn Jenkins,
but they are supportive of her 2008 Congressional bid.

House Summary

Party

Primary

General

Contributions 
to Candidates

Reporting Period

2006-07

2006-10

R

uncontested

Won

5

1

4

R

Lost

-

5

5

 

R

Won

Won

11

7

4

TOTAL

21

13 8

 

Party

Primary

General

Dollars 
to Candidates

2006-07

2006-10

R

uncontested

W

$1,350

$100

$1,250

R

L

-

$2,500

$2,500

 

R

W

W

$5,000

$3,500

$1,500

TOTAL $8,850 $7,100 $2,750

Senate Detail

District

Party

Date

Dollars

Refund

Recipient

15

R

9/30/2006

$1,000.00

 

SCHMIDT, DEREK

Board of Education Detail

Date

Dollars

Recipient

District

7/18/2006

$500.00

MCDONALD III, HARRY E

3

7/25/2006

$500.00

CAUBLE, SALLY

5

9/21/2006

$500.00

CAUBLE, SALLY

5

7/20/2006

$500.00

SHAVER, JANA

9

10/18/2006

$500.00

SHAVER, JANA

9

 


Selected Expenditure Summary of KTRM PAC, 2005-2006

Purpose Vendor Amount
Printing, Postage, Handling Biggest vendor share $30,814 to Star Direct, KCMO $52,350
Office Work Valerie Taylor, Angie Crawford, Sarah Crawford $22,842
Radio Ads FCC Advertising, Topeka (main vendor) $16,630
Focus Group Research Mary Christine and Associates, Smith Center
[Possibly Mary Christine Banwart, 
KU Asst Prof of Communications]
$11,722
Polling Jayhawk Consulting 
(Former State Rep Jim Yonally)
$10,200
Sedgwick County GOP Club SG county mailings $3000
Fundraising Dublin Group
[Note that link shows Lori Ann Plank is a 
project manager at Dublin Group.  Lori is in 
charge of publicity for NE JoCo Republican Women, 
who have connections to KTRM]
$2938
Get Out the Vote Calls FLS Connect, Phoenix, AZ $2500
Legal Lathrop & Gage $2253
Grassroots Support Ryan Underwood, Wichita $2250
Accounting Keller and Owens, OP $1050
Vote Tracker Database Kevin Yowell $650
Rent (2006 & 2007) Boyer Transportation, Lenexa
(Former State Rep Rob Boyer)
$391
JoCo Voter Data JoCo Election Office $375
Partial total $129,151
*Jim Yonally's Jayhawk Consulting also worked for ProKanDo ($3,300) and KNEA.

KTRM's Delinquent Status with Kansas Secretary of State

Current Online Entry 

UPDATE:  9/12/2007
Current Status: CORPORATION IS ACTIVE AND IN GOOD STANDING

...

Note:  To avoid the temptation of political mischief by conservatives,
KTRM should renew this immediately to protect their name.

 


Summary of IRS 8872 Forms Filed by 
Kansas Traditional Republican Majority, Inc.
Periods ending 6/30/2005, 12/31/2005, 3/31/2006 

Contributor Comments TOTAL
Republican Main Street Partnership, Washington, DC   $53,233
Stephen Cloud, Merriam IBT CEO $1,000
Bonnie Cloud, Lenexa Steve's Mom $1,000
Rex Hoy, Mission Insurance Agent $1,000
Mark Buhler, Lawrence KS Senator $500
Nancy Landon Kassebaum, Burdick former US Senator $300
"Withheld"   $3,650
TOTAL    $60,683

 

68% of contributions were used to pay Ryan Wright's salary

Recipient Purpose TOTAL
Ryan Wright, Lenexa Payroll, reimbursements $41,133
Angela Crawford, Olathe Services rendered, reimbursements $2,450
Valerie Taylor, Lawrence Services rendered, artwork $1,525
Barker Printing, Topeka Brochures $1,477
Samir Arif, Lawrence Services rendered $1,000
Bryan Young, Lawrence Services rendered, reimbursements $803
Dublin Group, Overland Park Fundraising retainer $700
"Withheld"   $3,321
TOTAL   $52,409

 

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