Kansas Abortion Practitioner George Tiller’s PAC Fined $2,500 For Bad Reports
by Steven Ertelt
November 19, 2008
Topeka, KS (LifeNews.com) — The political action committee founded by late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller received a $2,500 fine from a state agency. The Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission levied the fine for obscuring the identity of donors in reports the group filed with the state.
Tiller is behind ProKanDo, a PAC he started in 2002 that has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars, in part to support pro-abortion Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and defeat pro-life former Attorney General Phill Kline.
The organized faced a hearing Wednesday answer to allegations of misreporting the donations on his forms and violating state campaign finance laws.
After the hearing, the commission, which could have fined Tiller’s group $15,000, said the PAC failed to disclose the full donor information on reports from 2006 and 2007.
According to an AP report, it decided not to issue an additional fine for another charge of not properly reporting the information from donors found through a telemarketing firm after it failed to provide the state with full information about the donations generated from the solicitations.
Julie Burkhart, the head of Tiller’s ProKanDo PAC told AP that she accepted the decision of the commission.
The Capital-Journal newspaper previously indicated that the campaign finance reports failed to identify the occupations of donors giving as much as $37,000.
ProKanDo relied on a telemarketing firm called Hudson Bay in Illinois to solicit donations and send a check after expenses to the group. More than 100 donors are involved in the misreporting.
Troy Newman, the head of Operation Rescue, told LifeNews.com prior to the hearing that he’s not surprised that Tiller is, once again, accused of violating state law. Charges have already been filed against him by the attorney general for allegedly violating state law regarding late-term abortions.
"Tiller and the abortion cartel will go to any length to avoid complying with the law," he said. "But under the watchful eye of the pro-life community we will catch them and turn them in to the authorities."
Newman says he thinks minor infractions like this one will ultimately be Tiller’s undoing and put him out of business.
"I trust that it will be a minor infraction, like violating FEC laws, that will ultimately put George Tiller behind bars and close his doors, just like it was tax evasion that incarcerated mobster Al Capone," he said.
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