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New anti-sales tax donation shrouded in secrecy

Updated: 2013-10-23T21:18:24Z

By DAVE HELLING

A former Kansas legislator appears to be behind a last-minute contribution to a new committee opposed to the half-cent Jackson County health research sales tax.

Missouri Ethics records show a $196,000 contribution to Citizens for Fairness, a committee apparently established today. The contribution came from the Government Policies Foundation.

The foundation was established in mid-September, records show, as a non-profit corporation. The incorporator was Douglas J. Patterson.

A person by that name is a property lawyer in Leawood. Patterson also served in the Kansas legislature (from the bio on his website):

“Doug Patterson served two terms as a Kansas State Representative for District 28, Leawood, Kansas..He was elected the Kansas House Republican Majority Whip for 2003-2004 and the Chairman of the Johnson County delegation for 2003. In 2004 he was elected for a two year term as the Chairman of the Johnson County Kansas Republican Party.”

Under federal law, non-profits are not required to publicly reveal donors, so we may never know for sure where the $196K came from.

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