John Kline (R-MN-02) held a Public Town Hall meeting at the Shakopee Junior High School yesterday
… what a prefect venue — a taxpayer-funded public school
… a place where 99% of us know only too well
… an appropriate place for taxpayers to hear the accomplishments and goals from their elected Representative while they are given an opportunity express their concerns and hopes for the future.
However, John Kline’s vision is not limited to just Minnesota’s Second District … John Kline also operates the Freedom and Security PAC, a leadership PAC designed to support, and oppose, other federal candidates for elective office
… those activities are not typically held in public school building but instead in places like Boston’s famous gentleman’s club, The Union Club of Boston … or the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina
… those are places that 99% of us probably do not ever get an invite.
… but that’s where the checks flow
… and John Kline’s Security and Freedom PAC had a record year
– $326,600.00 … including a Christmas Bonus from Koch Industries Inc Political Action Committee (KOCHPAC) bringing their total contribution in 2011 to Mr. Kline’s PAC to $5000.
The contributions range from private individuals to public corporations … and even some that know the “revolving door” between Government and K Street.
For example, Victor F. Klatt, whose employer is listed as Van Scoyoc Associates, gave $2500 to Mr. Kline’s PAC. Mr. Klatt’s resume includes stints as policy director and Republican staff director on the House Education and Workforce Committee … a Committee that Mr. Kline is currently the Chairman.
Interestingly, The Apollo Group is a client at Van Scoyoc Associates.
Also, the Apollo Group Inc Political Organization for Legislative Leadership gave Mr. Kline’s PAC $2500.
That’s a revolving door … and profitable for Chairman Kline.
Well, not exactly SHOCKING NEWS, but a research by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) reports that heading a committee in the House of Representatives brings rewards beyond the chance to write important bills: an increase in campaign contributions from the same industries those committees are supposed to oversee.
REPRESENTATIVE JOHN KLINE (R-MN-02)
Joined committee: 2003
Assumed leadership: 2009
Elected to Congress: 2002
Formed PAC: 2007
Rep. Kline served as ranking member of the committee from 2009 to 2010. That election cycle, Rep. Kline’s contributions from education and workforce industries rose dramatically. Over the past five election cycles, as Rep. Kline’s seniority on the committee rose, contributions from the education and workforce industries increased at a rate far outpacing his total contributions.
During the 2010 election cycle – the first election cycle after Rep. Kline assumed a leadership position on the committee – contributions from education and workforce industries to his campaign committee and PAC increased by 232% over the previous cycle, from $36,000 to $119,600.
As mentioned, the goal of a Leadership PAC is to “help” others … so for example, Mr. Kline’s PAC donated $2000 to the Judy Biggert For Congress.
Congresswoman Biggert (R-IL-13) was first elected to Congress in 1998 and was one of two women that John Kline leapfrogged over to assume the Chairmanship of the Education and Workforce Committee.
Congresswoman Biggert is rated the 56th wealthiest Member of the House of Representatives with assets totaling in excess of totaling $2,647,063 … maybe as high as $9,380,000.
When the new session of Congress started, Congresswoman Biggert quickly authored a bill –H.R.32 — Homeless Children and Youth Act of 2011, which is pending in Chairman Kline’s committee … but No Hearings have been held … Chairman Kline would rather authorize campaign monies to Congresswoman Biggert re-election than to give her constituents a reason to vote for her based on her legislative accomplishments.
Some of the donations to Mr. Kline’s PAC include :
Educational related :
$5000 Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities PAC
$2000 Timothy Luing – Senior Vice President of Berkeley College
$2000 Karen Smith – President, The College of Westchester
$2000 John Staschak – President, Bryant & Stratton College
$2000 Stephen Jerome – President, Monroe College
$1000 Mark Jerome – Administrator, Monroe College
$1000 Robert Maginn – CEO Jenzabar, which provides innovative software, strategic expertise, and client-tailored services to colleges and universities, helping schools meet enrollment goals
$1000 Charles Callahan, III — Vice President Plaza College
$1000 Charles Callahan, Vice President Plaza College Way
$1000 David Conklin — Jamestown Business College
$1000 James Diliberto – President, Island Drafting and Technical Institute
$1000 Mark Dion of Revolution Media Group, LLC
$1000 Ivan Londa – CEO of the NY Career Institute
$1000 David Rhodes – President of the School of Visual Arts
Military related :
$2000 David Costello – Managing Director of ADS Ventures which produces clothing and tactical equipment for American warfighters
$ 500 Marie Demego – Public Affairs for ADS
$1000 Oswaldo Palomo – Director of Government Relations for ADS
$2500 – Lockheed Martin Employees’ PAC
Other major donors :
$10000 USA Farmworker PAC
$5000 Political Action Committee of the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons
$5000 Wal-Mart Stores Inc PAC for Responsible Government
$5000 New York Life Insurance Company PAC
$5000 American Bankers Association PAC (BANKPAC)
$5000 Investment Company Institute PAC (ICI PAC)
$5000 Saginaw Chippewas Indian Tribe
$5000 The Chickasaw Nation
$5000 American Seniors Housing Association (SENIORS HOUSING PAC)
$5000 Robert E King – Burr Ridge IL – Chairman of Salt Creek Ventures
$5000 United Parcel Service Inc. PAC
$5000 AT&T Federal Political Action Committee
$3500 Verizon Communications Inc/ Verizon Wireless Good Government Club
$3500 American Staffing Association – StaffingPAC
$2500 California Dairies Federal PAC
$2500 Universal Technical Institute Inc PAC (UTIPAC)
$2500 Honeywell International PAC
$2500 Prudential Financial Inc. PAC
$2500 3M Company PAC
$2500 National Air Traffic Controllers Association PAC
$1000 Delta Air Lines Political Action Committee
$1000 DLA Piper LLP Political Action Committee
$1000 Arkansas Best Corporation PAC
$1000 Express Scripts Inc. Political Fund
$1000 MacAndrews and Forbes Holdings Inc PAC (MAFPAC)
$1000 Comcast Corporation PAC
$1000 International Council of Shopping Centers PAC
Yep, John Kline has reasons to smile … it’s been a very good year (no accomplishments but lots of money flowing his way … and maybe that’s the goal … it isn’t just to get legislation passed that helps your supporters but instead to make sure that legislation does not get approved that negatively impacts your supporters.)