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Mysterious group makes mysterious move

Updated: 2013-10-29T17:01:00Z


The mysterious non-profit that is providing money to the anti-sales tax effort in Jackson County has mysteriously — and, perhaps, improperly — moved.

On Monday, the Government Policies Foundation gave $20,000 to Freedom Inc. Earlier, you’ll recall, the foundation gave $200,000 to Citizens for Fairness, a committee opposing the tax.

When the foundation gave the $200,000, it listed its address as 1025 Winchester in Kansas City, Mo. Incorporation papers filed with Missouri show former Kansas legislator and lawyer Doug Patterson organized the foundation in mid-September.

Because it’s a non-profit, donations are a secret.

But in its Freedom Inc. donation filed Monday, the foundation listed a new address: 4630 W. 137th in Leawood, Ks. That’s the address of Patterson’s law office.

We checked with the Kansas Secretary of State’s website. There’s no record of a company called the Government Policies Foundation registering to do business in the state.

Missouri companies can do business in Kansas, of course, and vice-versa. But if an out-of-state company wants to do business in the Kansas, it must file with the state:

A “foreign” Corporation is a business incorporated in another country, state, or jurisdiction other than Kansas. In order to conduct business in Kansas, a “foreign” Corporation must file a Certificate for Authority to Engage in Business in Kansas.

We’ve contacted the Kansas office to see if the foundation has filed such a request.

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