Jason Kander on Government Reform



OpEd AdWatch: "Pandering Panda" caters to lobbyists

A new ad from the NRSC (National Republican Senatorial Committee) is attacking 2016 Missouri Democratic Senate candidate Jason Kander. The NRSC is sponsoring an ad campaign featuring `The Pandering Panda,` a portrayal of Jason Kander, Senate candidate and current Missouri secretary of state, as doing anything to win over lobbyists and big money in Washington.

The YouTube ad features a person dressed in a panda suit in various locations throughout Washington. The panda character alternates between holding a burlap sack full of money and a hand-drawn sign that reads, `I love Obama.` The ad also features clips of real pandas and high pitched voices making claims about Kander `pandering` for money in Washington.

Kander, a Democrat, is hoping to unseat Sen. Roy Blunt, a Republican who has held the office since 2011. Among the charges in the NRSC ad is the claim that Kander is `attending fancy dinners all over the country.`

Source: PolitiFact AdWatch on 2016 Missouri Senate race , Oct 2, 2015

FactCheck: Has more MO donors & less PAC money than opponent

The NRSC `Pandering Panda` ad claims that Kander is `attending fancy dinners all over the country.` The NRSC provided us with a list of five fundraisers they say Kander attended between March 1 and May 31, 2015.Five out-of-state fundraisers didn't seem like a lot to us, so we checked with political scientists. They didn't see much out of the ordinary in Kander's trips or actions based on the information provided by the NRSC.

[Comparing to Kander's opponent Senator Roy Blunt]: Blunt's money is 49.8% PAC donations, totaling $1.2 million compared to Kander's $176,650, totaling 11.6%. In total itemized contributions, Blunt has 516 Missouri donors resulting in $581,647, compared to Kander's 835 Missouri donors for $679,816.

Source: PolitiFact AdWatch on 2016 Missouri Senate race , Oct 2, 2015

Clean up worst-in-the-nation campaign finance & ethics laws

As a state legislator, Jason took on both parties to pass the first major ethics reform in almost 20 years. As Missouri's Secretary of State, Jason cut his own budget by over $1 million, while providing more services than the office ever has before. He cut red tape and fees to help small businesses hire and thrive, and protected our right to vote. And he's led the fight to clean up Missouri's worst-in-the-nation campaign finance and ethics laws.
Source: 2016 Senate campaign website, JasonKander.com , Apr 1, 2015

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