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    We've heard a lot about the Koch Brothers this year. Here's Tim Huelskamp in 2005 and a "study and research group" founded by them. (Huelskamp was in the KS state senate.)

    ...Kansas Legislative Education and Research Inc. was known as the Kansas Conservative Caucus. Incorporation papers filed by the organization at the Kansas Secretary of State's office define KLEAR as "a nonpartisan study and research group for members of the Kansas Legislature, to analyze issues affecting the state of Kansas and to work toward sound legislation, which will benefit the people of the state of Kansas." Today it's bankrolled by 72 legislators, who pay $400 a year in membership dues, and by corporate contributions, according to the Journal-World. (Disclosure forms require businesses to list contributions only when they exceed $5,000. The only company to have made such a donation to KLEAR is Wichita-based Koch Industries, according to the Wichita Eagle. In July 2005, the Center for Public Integrity called company owners Charles and David Koch "among the biggest backers of conservative and libertarian causes" in the country.)

    Membership in KLEAR was limited exclusively to legislators. Corkins claims that KLEAR enjoyed bipartisan support, but he declines to name members from the other side of the aisle.


    KLEAR's board of directors, however, appears to be hardcore conservative — the list of past and current board members includes Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline (who served on the board when he was in the House in 1999) and conservative Olathe Sen. Karin Brownlee (who served on the board in 2003).

    KLEAR's most notable member is leading Senate conservative Tim Huelskamp of Fowler, who served as the organization's president in 2003.

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