We have described the activities of KDP Executive Board Members Tom Witt, Chris Reeves and Ryon Carey ("The Smoky Hill Gang") this week under the auspices of several sole proprietor entities. See here, here and here.
The true ownership of sole proprietorships in Kansas is difficult to track. The revenues received and disbursements made by those entities are, likewise, difficult, if not impossible, to track short of subpoena.
After reviewing combined GEC and FEC documents earlier this week, including tracking the addresses that were reported on those reports, we were able to produce a detailed analysis of where campaign finance dollars were sent for the Smoky Hill Gang and related sole proprietor and incorporated entities.
Several questions were raised by readers of those posts. One question, however, is particularly troubling.
When did KDP Executive Committee member Ryon Carey stop working for Dan Giroux and start working for Independent candidate Miranda Allen in the 2016 KS-04 Congressional Election?
It's a serious question, because evidence compiled from those joint campaign finance disclosures from the Kansas Government Ethics Commission (GEC) and Federal Election Commission (FEC) demonstrates that KDP Executive Committee member Ryon Carey continued to be a business partner at both Smoky Hills Strategies and BNV Printing along with KDP Executive Committee members Tom Witt and Chris Reeves both before and after his close corporation, Post Rock Partners, Inc., was formed on May 18, approximately two weeks following Miranda Allen's run for Congress.
Additionally, those combined public disclosures suggest that KDP Executive Committee member Ryon Carey, likewise, worked simultaneously for both the Independent and Democratic candidates for Congress in the 2016 KS-04 general election.Read more
Note - All disclosures cited herein are linked at the bottom of this post.
Public disclosures filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and the Governmental Ethics Commission (GEC) substantiate that, at least, four (4) other current members of the Executive Committee have acted as paid consultants to Democratic party committees and candidate committees across Kansas within the past year.
- Tom Witt - Tom Witt, the Progressive Caucus Chair (as well as Platform Chair and Budget & Finance Chair) has collected at least $58,843 over the last year while serving on the KDP's Executive Committee. Mr. Witt received disbursements to entities with the trade names Smoky Hills Strategies and BNV Printing or variants thereof.
- Ryon Carey - LGBT Caucus Chair Ryon Carey has earned at least $163,695 while serving on the KDP's Executive Committee (which included an appearance on an Independent candidate's finance report). Mr. Carey received disbursements to entities with the trade names Smoky Hills Strategies, BNV Printing, Swing Vote Media and Post Rock Partners, Inc. or variants of those trade names.
- Chris Reeves - Chris Reeves, the DNC Man from Kansas has received $76,500 while serving on the KDP's Executive Committee. Mr. Reeves received disbursements to, at least, Smoky Hills Strategies, BNV Printing, and as an individual consultant.
- Jim Ward - Before he was the House Democratic Leader, Rep. Ward received $5,000 from the Kansas Democratic Party for Design and Printing Consultant services as an individual consultant.
Three of those four Executive Committee members (Witt, Carey, Reeves) were members of the Executive Committee at the time they acted as consultants.
Unsurprisingly, they are also some of the strongest supporters of the recall petition against KDP Secretary Casey Yingling. In promoting the recall petition, those actors have painted a narrative of trading on insider information and conflict of interest without evidence or substantiation, because character assassination and projection are part of their dark arts playbook.Read more