Voters: Watch for ‘phony’ pro-life cards PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2014 10:21

This card and the one on the front page are actual cards being sent out by Kansas Values institute claiming pro-abortion supporters are pro-life. The state organization Kansans For Life are warning voters of the fraud. Courtesy graphic

 

By LARRY PHILLIPS

• Leader & Times

Kansans For Life and the Kansas GOP have issued warnings to candidates and others across the state that dirty politics has entered races throughout Kansas via fake campaign cards being mailed out by a group identified as Kansas Values Institute.

On Wednesday, Kansans For Life emailed various groups across the state asking if anyone was receiving these fake cards and inquiring if people knew who had originated them and mailed them out en masse.

Celia Beymer, the vice chair of the Kansas District 1 GOP had also sent out warnings to all Republican candidates concerning the fake cards.

The group originating these misleading cards has since been identified.

“Several (Kansas) groups, who are pro-abortion, are sending out beautiful, but fake (because of who they support) ‘pro-life’ postcards for INDIVIDUAL pro-abortion candidates in state House races in Kansas. They are doing this for one reason: To fool genuine pro-life people into voting for candidates backed by these pro-abortion groups,” the KFL email warning noted.

“The fakes are easily identified. They feature only one race, and the senders are either:

• The Kansas Values Institute;

• The Kansas Values PAC (which created the now discredited ‘100 Republicans Against Brownback’; or,

• The Kansas Traditional Republican Majority.

“If you have received one of these PLEASE LET US KNOW at the KC KFL office (913-642-5433) and send us a copy by email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).”

This Kansas Values Institute has also been running a radio ad against local State House Candidate Jim Rice concerning property taxes.

“The Kansas Values Institute is the group that is running a negative radio ad against me saying I increased property taxes by 45 percent,” Rice said. “Very interesting since I have been recommended by (Kansans For Life).”

Several cards attached to KFL emails identify where the KVI is misleading voters.

“We are already aware fake pro-life postcards were sent to tout Rep. Blaine Finch as pro-life against his genuine KFL PAC endorsed pro-life opponent Bob Fluke, and to tout Ed Patton as pro-life, the opponent of KFL endorsed pro-life Rep. Josh Powell,” KFL explained.

The groups doing this, according to KFL, are led by former Kansas legislators.

“(These) pro-abortion groups at issue appeared in the Kansas Watchdog in 2012,” KFL wrote. “Those who head up the three organizations at issue in 2014 are a who’s who of former legislators who were known, and even extreme, abortion supporters, such as former (Kan.) Senator John Vratl, who is the 2014 treasurer of the Kansas Values PAC.”

How to identify actual information from KFL or KFL PAC is easy, according to KFL’s email.

“Pay close attention to the return name and address on any individual candidate political postcards you receive. Ours will ALWAYS say they are from KANSANS FOR LIFE or KANSANS FOR LIFE PAC in Wichita.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: A Letter to the Editor from Kansas District 1 GOP Vice Chair Celia Beymer will be in Sunday’s Opinion Page.

 
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