Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach, is associated with a Missouri-based veteran’s group. Kobach is listed as a member of the advisory board for Veterans in Defense of Liberty, a nonprofit out of Springfield. A business watchdog group has alleged that only a small portion of the money the group raises actually goes to helping veterans.
The organization caught the attention of the watchdog agency after a man questioned the agency about a mailer he received asking for donations. The mailer read in part,
This Sweepstakes is part of our efforts to fix the broken and corrupt Veterans Affairs Department. We still have a lot of work to do to ensure that our sick, wounded and disabled veterans are provided with the quality health care they need and deserve.
Apparently, Veterans In Defense Of Liberty doesn’t think our veterans deserve much. According to the IRS, tax filings for 2014 and 2015 showed that the group uses roughly 94 percent of the money they raise for more fundraisers. That gives veterans a whopping SIX percent of the money they raise.
Kobach, who is running for Kansas’ Governor, said he wasn’t aware of the percentage that actually goes to helping our veterans. He said,
This is the first I’ve heard of any suggestion that the monies raised by the charity aren’t going to the various causes for veterans.
I guess he’s been too busy going to fundraising events to do the research on a group he supposedly represents – a group his name is associated with. He did say that he would review the organization’s financial records to see if he should just cut ties – because he “deeply” cares about our veteran’s and veterans’ issues. He cares enough to attach his name to a group that has “veteran” in the title.
Let this be a lesson to us all: Research! It’s great to donate to charitable organizations, as long as our money is actually helping the cause. Too often, organizations figure out how to minimally donate to the cause they represent to keep their non-profit status.
Kobach would be well-served to do the same – we’re watching.