Kansas Abortion Practitioner Funds DA Candidate With 100K to Avoid Scrutiny
by Steven Ertelt
November 3, 2008
Wichita, KS (LifeNews.com) — Late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller of Wichita, Kansas has spent over $100,000 of his own money funding an attack on a pro-life candidate for district attorney. A political watchdog group says Tiller is trying to avoid scrutiny by putting a candidate in office who will be friendly to him.
The group Kansans for Truth in Politics tells LifeNews.com that Tiller has dumped over $100,000 into ProKanDo, his own political action committee, which is flooding homes with what it calls "sleazy" attack mailers.
KTIP says the mailing from Tiller’s PAC contains misinformation about Sedgwick County District Attorney candidate Mark Schoenhofer.
Schoenhofer is a pro-life Republican running against Tiller’s personal friend, incumbent Nola Foulston, a Democrat who is an avid supporter of Tiller. Foulston has repeatedly come under fire from pro-life groups for not fully prosecuting Tiller in various instances.
The ProKanDo mailers slam Schoenhofer claiming he "has a track record of breaking the law."
They also falsely assert that Schoenhofer failed to pay three years of income taxes even though, as KTIP tells LifeNews.com, records show that Schoenhofer is a law-abiding citizen whose tax bill completely paid.
"This just goes to show the gutter level of sleazy politics that the abortion lobby will sink to in order to protect one of their own," KTIP chair Cheryl Sullenger told LifeNews.com.
The group says $100,000 of the $150,000 ProKanDo has raised since July came directly from Tiller and KTIP says ProKanDo currently faces an ethics investigation for concealing the names and occupations of hundreds of donors.
For the pro-life community in Kansas, the district attorney’s race has statewide, and even national implications.
Sullenger says Foulston has repeatedly shielded Tiller from criminal prosecution and she points out that women come from across the country for late-term abortions at Tiller’s center that are illegal or unavailable in their home states because so few late-term abortion practitioners exist.
Tiller’s late-term abortion business has repeatedly been accused of breaking the Kansas ban on post-viability abortions and he faces charges from the state attorney general for violating Kansas law.
Tiller’s attorney, Lee Thompson, has appeared on Foulston mailers as having endorsed her, KTIP adds and another attorney for Tiller, Dan Monnat, has heavily contributed to Foulston’s reelection bid.
"Looking at the numerous times Foulston has shielded Tiller from prosecution and coupling that with all the support Foulston is receiving from Tiller’s PAC and his legal team, it is obvious that there is corruption in the district attorney’s office," Operation Rescue president Troy Newman tells LifeNews.com.
"The only way for Tiller to be brought to justice for the full extent of his crimes is for Foulston to lose this election," Newman said. "Our prayer is that the good people of Sedgwick County will clean house at the polls tomorrow and rid Kansas of the corruption that enables Tiller’s late-term child-killing operation to continue."
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