By Travis Perry │ Kansas Watchdog
OSAWATOMIE — Here’s a shocker: the “nonpartisan” criticism being lobbed at Gov. Sam Brownback’s new judicial selection plan may not be as even-handed as it seems.
The organizations Justice at Stake and the Kansas chapter of the League of Women Voters have been among the most vocal opponents to the Kansas governor’s changeup in appointing appellate court judges. Distributing press releases, posting columns and, in the case of the LOWV, filing an open records request, together the two organizations have helped lead a charge against Brownback for opting to not release the names of judicial nominees under the new federal-style appointment process.
A Kansas Watchdog investigation has revealed that in recent years both organizations have received hundreds of thousands of dollars – if not millions – from a pair of liberal non-profits backed by billionaire George Soros.
Since 2006, JAS has been awarded more than $2.4 million from the Open Society Institute, a non-profit which Soros founded in 1993. OSI also gave $555,000 to the League of Women Voters education fund, which serves as a 501 (c)(3) for the national organization.
Furthermore, the league’s education fund has received more than $180,000 from the Soros-backed Tides Foundation since 2004.
Both the Open Society Institute and the Tides Foundation fund hundreds of groups devoted to pushing America to the left, including extreme environmentalists and avowed communists.
The Topeka Capital-Journal was among the media outlets to republish comments from JAS. In a Twitter exchange, reporter Andy Marso said the newspaper was aware of Soros’ ties to JAS more than six months ago. He said the information was not included in the recent story because Soros’ connection is “old news.”
Kansas switched to a federal style of appointing appellate judges earlier this year. It’s a process rooted in the U.S. Constitution – utilized by presidents from both sides of the aisle – and is used by five other states, including the liberal strongholds California and Massachusetts.
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