One day after the story broke about Phill Kline's church-based fund-raising strategy comes news that Kline is using his office as attorney general to harvest e-mail addresses for his re-election effort. The hapless Kansans who had merely asked for information about a new law are then sent emails pressing them to donate to the Kline campaign.
The Hutchinson News reports today:
The attorney general's state Web site allows individuals to submit their e-mail address to receive information about the office's activities and its implementation of the concealed gun license program.
Citizens who signed up to receive these electronic news updates from Kline's office were also sent e-mails last week from kline forag.com, the attorney general's campaign Web domain.
One of the messages requested campaign contributions and included an Internet link to a secure site where donations to Kline's campaign could be made by credit card.
Another listed critical issues Kline believes are a problem in the state, such as "weak sentencing laws," and promised updates on them from Kline's office.
Kansas' campaign finance law was written before email became a major campaign tool and does not consider this tactic to be illegal.
I'm not certain it passes the "smell test," though.