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September 23, 2022

BREAKING: WATCHDOG GROUP FILES ETHICS VIOLATION AGAINST DEREK SCHMIDT 

Topeka, KS – Yesterday, a new report revealed an ethics complaint has been filed against Attorney General Derek Schmidt for his misuse of taxpayer dollars and of his political office when signing on to the bogus lawsuit that attempted to overturn the results of the 2020 election, the Topeka Capital-Journal reports.

“Just like Kris Kobach, Derek Schmidt has a history of using our taxpayer dollars on his political agenda,” said Emma O’Brien, spokesperson for the KDP. “Schmidt used our taxpayer dollars on a bogus lawsuit to try to undermine a free and fair election, and this recent ethics complaint proves Schmidt can’t escape his track record of wasting and misusing Kansas taxpayer dollars, and putting politics first and Kansans last.”

According to the Capital-Journal, “In the complaint, Michael Teter, the 65 Project’s managing director, argued Schmidt violated four rules of the Kansas Rules of Professional Conduct, saying the Texas lawsuit was frivolous, burdened other parties and was dishonest and that Schmidt signing the brief amounted to helping other attorneys violate rules of professional conduct.”  

This is nothing new for Schmidt, who has wasted millions in taxpayer dollars prolonging political legal battles and on political pursuits. Schmidt prolonged a lawsuit he inherited from Kris Kobach, notorious waster of taxpayer dollars, on the infamous “case to nowhere” that cost taxpayers nearly $2 million attempting to strip Kansans of their right to vote.

Schmidt is also responsible for overseeing the investigation into the natural gas price gouging crisis from February 2021, yet in over a year and a half, has failed to move the investigation forward or deliver answers for Kansans. It was revealed that Schmidt owns and profits from a natural gas well on his property in Labette County – a clear conflict of interest as he oversees this investigation.

Read more on the ethics investigation here

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