The group backing the proposed Wichita sales tax increase had some big donors. The Leadership Council of the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce contributed $50,000; Intrust Bank, $40,000; Westar Energy, $25,000; and 17 other businesses or individuals each donated $5,000 or more. Still, that’s peanuts compared with what Koch Cos. Public Sector donated to the group opposing the sales tax. All but $3,165 of the $1,075,891 the opposing campaign collected from August through November came from Koch. And that doesn’t count the $118,823 that Americans for Prosperity, another organization with Koch support, spent opposing the tax increase. Though the financial support of the “no” campaign was one-sided, it had the support of voters, who defeated the initiative 62 to 37 percent. – Phillip Brownlee
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