Thursday, March 16, 2006

Phill Kline broke the law

Kline fined $1,500 for violating campaign finance law:

Atty. Gen. Phill Kline today was fined $1,500 for violating the state campaign finance law.

The Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission fined Kline for sending out solicitations for campaign contributions for a fund-raiser in February that featured former U.S. attorney general John Ashcroft.

Some of the solicitations were mailed to lobbyists. State officeholders are prohibited from asking lobbyists, businesses, political action committees, political parties and unions for campaign contributions from Jan. 1 until the legislative session officially ends, which is usually in late May.

“The commission did their job,” Kline said after the commission unanimously approved the fine following a 15-minute closed-door session.
And (via Fire Phill Kline!), in 2002:

Kline charged that Adkins' 1994 ethics violation should preclude him from serving as attorney general.

Adkins formally was admonished by the state office that investigates complaints against attorneys for taking payments from the estate of a client after she had died. He was acting executor of the estate at the time.

Adkins called the complaint lodged against him by the family of the deceased woman --- which he reported to the Disciplinary Administrator --- a matter of miscommunication that he "could have handled a lot better."
Will Kline hold himself to the same standard? Fat chance.