Kansas GOP Insider (wannabe): KFL... Losing donors?

Thursday, October 4, 2012

KFL... Losing donors?

Apparently, a few big, regular donors to the Kansans for Life PAC are withdrawing their support from the organization. Their reasons are two-fold:

1. They've lost confidence in Mary Kay Culp, the organization's executive director.

She can be incredibly off-putting, and she doesn't always think before she speaks. It's not that she isn't a soldier for the cause, it's that occasionally, her soldiering drives away support. (You should hear some of the things I've heard that she has said to supporters. Beyond the pale, but I've never heard them personally, so I won't recount those tales.)

2. The organization has cashed in its principles and is going all-in for power.

Before the primary election in August, I wrote about how the PAC didn't follow its own endorsement rules. In the past, they've given preference to incumbents and offered dual endorsements in races where two or more candidates were pro-life. In the last election, they threw all of that out the window, and it appears, based their endorsements solely on who they could personally control. (You can read all about it here.)

That probably could've been overlooked or forgiven by some donors had they stopped there. However, shortly before the election, they followed up their endorsements with robocalls that basically called all candidates who said they were pro-life without their endorsements liars. I thought it was disgusting. I don't know how you can call people like Trent LeDoux, a House candidate in Manhattan, or LeEtta Felter, a school board candidate from Olathe, anything but pro-life. Damaging the reputations of people with impeccable pro-life credentials to further your own politics is shameful. I'd go one step further and call it immoral at best and sinful at worst.

After any hard fought election, and especially the primary with its last-minute boundary upheavals, a PAC is bound to take a few hits. There will be hard feelings. This time, they may have gone too far, however. Their final phone call was false and slanderous.

Ultimately, I do not know if this election has damaged the PAC's bottom line. Maybe the people they threw their whole-hearted support behind are energized to work even harder and donate even more on behalf of Kansans for Life. But I doubt it.

When you make a deals with the devil, he always takes his cut. We may not know the full extent until much later.

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