Lobbies and Super Pac’s are Ruining the Nation

Lobbies and Super Pac’s are Ruining the Nation

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Pat Roberts is a Senator from Kansas. He is a Republican whose career lives in anonymity. That is until this year, when he needs the voters of Kansas to reelect him. He has been in office since 1997, and, like many others should be out of office; he’s held a seat for far too long. But this isn’t about term limits; it’s about the way lobbies and Super Pac’s are ruining our nation.

Greg Orman is an Independent, and he is neck and neck with Roberts in recent polls. Roberts and the Republican Party are fearful of losing a Senate seat; so fearful that they are doing everything imaginable to help him get reelected.

Even with the appearance and support of Republicans such as Bob Dole, John McCain, Half-Governor Sarah Palin, and Jeb Bush, the only way it appears he can win is for the election to be purchased; and that’s what the Koch Brothers are all about. Just another of many reasons why campaign contributions must be limited.

Lobbies are also evil entities. They are agents of big business. They work a little differently than Super Pac’s; they buy Congressmen and Senators after they are elected.

The Washington Post reported that the National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund is launching a campaign on Roberts’ behalf that will include TV commercials, online spots and mail pieces.

“The NRA is committed to ensuring that Kansas voters know Pat Roberts is the only candidate in this race who will protect their Second Amendment rights,” said NRA-PVF Chairman Chris W. Cox in a statement.

The Freedom Partners Action Fund is a Koch Brothers organization, and will be purchasing ads worth $200,000. In addition the Federal Election Committee is reporting that the American Chemistry Council has paid $165,000 for ads supporting Roberts.

Kantar Media Intelligence/CMAG is stating that the Koch Brothers are spending twice as much as two Democratic Super Pacs in the 2014 mid-term election campaigns. Why would billionaires spend their money on Republican candidates? Simple answer; money makes money. By donating hundreds of thousands of dollars and buying elections for selected candidates, the Koch Brothers are guaranteeing votes for issues important to them; and important issues means making money.

Will all the money and all the Republican brass cement a majority of votes for Roberts? No, according to Yael T. Abouhalkah of the Kansas City Star. The conservative website ‘Breitbart’ had this to say.

“The question is how far Palin’s appearance in Kansas on behalf of Roberts will go to bring the embittered grassroots back to the Republican side. With the race so tight, and with Orman appealing not only to Democrats and independents, but also disaffected ‘moderate’ Republicans, Roberts is sorely in need of a boost from the grassroots.”

Roberts is 78, which has become an issue. Other items which are deterrents to voters are the facts that he does not have a home in Kansas, and his three-term record is at best lackluster.

Can the Koch Brothers spend enough money to purchase Roberts a seat in the Senate? Time will tell, and the money will certainly keep rolling in. Lobbies and Super Pac’s will continue to ruin our nation.

James Turnage

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http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/election/article2207842.html

http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article2226502.html

http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article2247238.html

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James Turnage is currently a writer and editor for The Public Slate, a subsidiary of the Guardian Liberty Voice. He is also a novelist who is in the process of publishing his fourth effort. His responsibilities include Editing, reporting , managing.

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  1. I need more than this. Maybe Koch brothers are bad. Probably are. I have HUGE reservations where Roberts is concerned, but there is no smoking gun in the NRA’s hands, nor Bhopal bodies under the feet of the American Chemistry Council to distinguish them from their Democrat counterparts. Roberts screwed the Wolfman, who could have retaliated by endorcing Orman. But he has too much class for that. More than I can say for Roberts OR his opponent.

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