Friday, May 23, 2008

Flip It & Reverse It

American Century Companies Donated $2500 in 2006, according to . . . Right in The Midst of the Stem Cell Debate
Congressman Kenny Hulshof received $2,500 in campaign contributions from a political action committee tied to pro-embryonic stem cell backer James Stowers during the 2006 election cycle, according to a highly respected political database.
Review the contribution report for yourself HERE.

The donations are significant because of the recent criticism the Hulshof campaign has directed towards G.O.P. rival Sarah Steelman, for her pro-embryonic stem cell research campaign contributions.

According to, American Century Companies donated $2500 to Hulshof for Congress in 2005 and 2006. According to The Stowers Institute website, James Stowers is the founder of American Century Investments. The Kansas City address for the PAC of 4500 Main Street matches the address of the Stowers Institute. Read here more about the ties between Stowers and American Century.

The report shows American Century also gave Hulshof $2,000 in 2004, $2,000 in the year 2000 and $1,000 in 1998. That's a total of $7,500 donated to Hulshof over the last 10 years.

These numbers were uncovered at a time too late to contact either of the campaigns.

It's unclear if this money was kept by the Hulshof campaign or returned, but just this week Hulshof's campaign for Governor told the KY3 Political Notebook, "Certainly Kenny has taken money from people who support stem cell research, but that's certainly not the category into which the Stowers fall." Spokesperson Scott Baker explained, "The Stowers Institute was the epicenter of the embryonic stem cell debate of '06. These aren't folks who have a passing interest in embryonic stem cell research. It's their number one issue."
If these reports pan out to be accurate, it appears Hulshof has been a bigger recipient of pro-embryonic stem cell research money than Steelman.
On a slightly unrelated note, the National Rifle Association places The Stowers Group on its list of anti-gun corporations. View the list by scrolling down HERE. The NRA describes Stowers as one of "the most prominent national corporations that have lent their corporate support to gun control initiatives or taken position supporting gun control."

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