Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has drawn plenty of criticism for his hardline views on immigration, fixation on voter fraud, and freelance gig as a Breitbart columnist. But financial filings also show that Kobach, Kansas' GOP gubernatorial candidate, has accepted campaign donations from white supremacist groups throughout his career. And they haven't gotten as much attention, The Guardian reported Monday.
In 2004, Kobach launched his political career with a run for Congress — and received a $10,000 donation from the U.S. Immigration Reform PAC, a group with white supremacist ties. Kobach lost that race, but got another $2,000 from the group this year, The Guardian reports. The PAC's president is married to John Tanton, a man who's been called "the 'puppeteer' of the nativist movement ... with deep racist roots" by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Beyond the USIRPAC, Kobach also worked closely for a Tanton-founded organization labeled a “nativist hate group” by the SPLC, per Politico. He's also accepted donations from another group founded by Tanton, and from a blogger who runs what the SPLC has called a "hub for white nationalists and anti-Semites," among others, writes The Guardian.
Kobach has told Politico that the USIRPAC "is not a notorious hate group," and a spokeswoman told The Guardian she had never heard Kobach make racist remarks. "I am black and I am his closest staff member," she said. "He is not a racist."
Earlier this year, Kobach defeated current Gov. Jeff Colyer to become the state's GOP nominee for governor. The race is now a toss-up between Kobach and Democrat Laura Kelly. Read more about Kobach's questionable donors at The Guardian. Kathryn Krawczyk