June 12, 2018
The Kobach Legal Defense Fund: Made Possible By Kansas Taxpayers Like You
Kobach Used State Credit Card to Pay For First Contempt of Court Ruling
Topeka, KS – Between his courtroom ineptitude and embarrassing self-inflicted mistakes, Kris Kobach has racked up a sizable legal bill over the last couple of years. Multiple contempt of court rulings, including one from earlier this spring, have put Kobach on the hook for thousands of dollars in fines.
But documents released at the end of last week reveal how Kobach plans to settle his debts: taxpayer money.
The Capital-Journal reported that Kobach used a state credit card to pay a $1,000 fine he incurred for deliberately misleading a federal court last year:
“Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach used state tax dollars to comply with a federal magistrate’s order to pay a $1,000 fine for misleading the court about documents in a folder he carried into a meeting with Donald Trump shortly after the Republican was elected president.”
And that $1,000 is just the tip of the iceberg. Kobach is facing a $50,000+ bill to cover legal fees stemming from his second contempt of court ruling. The Capital-Journal report is more evidence that he’s going to pass the costs onto taxpayers.
“Kris Kobach is making a habit of using taxpayer money to cover up for his own legal messes,” said KDP Executive Director Ethan Corson. “Every Kansan has the right to be angry that one of its elected leaders would be so careless with their money. These funds should be used for improving schools or rebuilding roads, not covering up Kris Kobach’s personal failures.”