Wagle, Other Kansas Lawmakers With Eye on D.C. Can Take Lobbyist Dollars During Session

Kansas City Star

Kansas lobbyists have a big incentive to remain in Susan Wagle’s good graces. As state Senate president, the Wichita Republican decides the fate of countless bills in which their clients have an interest. Brendan Fischer, director of federal reform for the Washington-based Campaign Legal Center, said sitting state officeholders are in a position to pressure potential donors with business before the state to give to their campaigns. “They might feel pressure to give to that campaign even if they have little interest in the outcome of that race or seeing that person elected,” Fischer said. “Certainly you can see the opportunities for improper influence,” Fischer said, noting that there’s no prohibition against lobbyist donations at the federal level.

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