October 10-11, 2016 -- No candor in Kander campaign for Senate
publication date: Oct 10, 2016
October 10-11, 2016 -- No Candor in Kander campaign for Senate
WMR is exclusively reporting on a copy of a document called the "Kander Memo," written by a group of Missouri voters who are concerned about the fraudulent activities of Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jason Kander and his wife Diana Kagan Kander. Kander, the current Missouri Secretary of State, is running for the Senate against Republican incumbent Roy Blunt.
The Kander Memo, dated September 20, 2016, was sent to a number of federal and state agencies and offices, including the U.S. Senate, Federal Election Commission, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, the Missouri Ethics Commission, and the Internal Revenue Service.
The Missouri voters contend that Kander, an up-and-coming star in national Democratic Party politics, and his wife engaged in massive campaign funding fraud since 2014. The fraud included operating a fraudulent crowdfunding charity scheme that was actually intended to promote Diana Kagan's book to The New York Times bestseller list. The campaign fraud also included the use of Jason Kander's non-profit "Raise Your Hands for Kids" (RYH4K) to create a $5 million political slush fund to be used for Kander's Senate campaign. Three of the five million dollars in donations to the "kids" charity came from corporate donors, particularly tobacco companies, while the remainder came from individual donors who were scammed by Kander into believing their donations were helping Missouri's children. Use of such non-profit funds by candidates in federal election campaigns is strictly forbidden by federal election and tax laws.
Jason Kander: a complete lack of candor when it comes to fraudulent campaign scheme.
Click here to read the summary of the Kander Memo.
The scandal involving Kander, a trial lawyer, and his wife may throw a monkey wrench into the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee's decision to invest $3.5 million in the Missouri Democrat's campaign. The Blunt-Kander race is seen as one of the closest in the country and one which the Democrats hope could be pivotal in returning to them control of the Senate. The Democrats have been highlighting Kander's status as an Army intelligence veteran of the Afghanistan campaign. However, Republicans have questioned Kander's lack of candor in claiming that he is a "fifth-generation Missourian." Records show that Kander was born in Overland Park, Kansas; graduated from high school in Shawnee Mission, Kansas; and was registered to vote in Shawnee Mission from 2000 to 2004. Kander and his wife were married in Johnson County, Kansas in 2003. In fact, it was not until 2005 that the Kanders purchased their first home in Missouri. In 2008, during his race for a seat in the Kansas House of Representatives, Kander said in a stump speech that he was a "fifth-generation Kansas Citian." But Kander, who grew up in the Kansas City, Kansas area, was referring to Kansas City, Kansas and not Kansas City, Missouri, its larger eastern neighbor.
Kander is a one-time denizen of Washington, DC, having received a bachelor's degree from American University and law degree from Georgetown University. In January 2013, Kander revealed that "Jewish values" influence him the most. He told the St. Louis Jewish Light, “I’m very proud of my heritage and to whatever extent my community takes pride in my success, that’s something that’s very meaningful to me."
Missouri is known as the "Show Me State" and Kander and his wife have shown Missourians that they have shown Missouri that when it comes to candor, the Kanders lack it completely.
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