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Tip Line: School Choice Lobbyist Lends Plane to Democrat Lt. Governor Candidate

June 10th, 2007 by mopns · No Comments

What’s the saying about politics make strange bedfellows? Powerful Jeff City lobbyist Travis Brown brought this truism to light last week. Brown, who contributes generously to Democrats, lent his personal airplane to Democrat lt. governor candidate Sam Page for his campaign announcement fly around. Kansas Governor and Democratic Governor’s Association Chair Kathleen Sebelius, wrote this letter (click on letter to enlage) last month to Brown expressing how “appreciative we all are of your recent contribution to the DGA.”

On its face, this is not unusual for a Democrat to assist another Democrat running for office. The ironic aspect of this case is that Brown has done a lot of work and spending on behalf of K12 – a homeschool group out of Alexandria, VA. K12 is a client Brown obtained after Republican Rod Jetton became speaker. A current Republican legislator – who didn’t want their name used for fear of retaliation – had this to say about Jetton and his cozy relationship with Brown:

“Rod Jetton has basically allowed a Democratic lobbyist to push his legislation through like he was one of the original special interests Jetton & Hannaway used to help us obtain and retain the majority.”

The legislator continued, “Brown has the best of both worlds; he can remain a loyal Democrat financially, still get his bills passed in the Republican House, and not have to contribute any money to Republicans. I’m almost term limited and I’ve never received a dime from the guy.”

Isn’t it ironic – that the head lobbyist for home schooling and school choice – is actively working against a governor and lt. governor who supports both groups? The Missouri Political News Service wonders if Mr. Brown is also leading Jay Nixon’s High Street effort?

Related:

The Turner Report:“Voucher supporters are Blunt’s biggest contributors”

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