Happy 9th Birthday to Gov. Sebelius’ Bluestem Fund PAC. Almost $1 million raised.

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius

Nine years ago on March 16, 2000 Gov. Kathleen Sebelius filed the initial Statement of Organization for her Bluestem Fund PAC. The initial purpose of the PAC given was simply the “General interest in ensuring a high quality Kansas Legislature.” Later by 2004 a new Statement of Organization said the purpose was a “Leadership PAC.”

Gov. Sebelius’ PAC raised and spent almost $1 million on Kansas politics over the years, mostly with out-of-state money, but she also had a sizable campaign war chest of her own, and had influence over how funds from the Kansas Democratic Party were spent.

Gov. Sebelius’ political money and influence have affected all branches of Kansas government, and her unusual Bluestem PAC has given her unusual advantages in Kansas. Read the rest of this entry »