Law Firm Kansas Is Using To Defend Defunding Planned Parenthood Has Ties To GOP

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is defending his decision to award a no-bid contract to a Wichita law firm, Foulston Siefkin, that is closely connected to his 2010 campaign. Schmidt retained the firm — at the rate of $115 per hour for paralegal services and $300 per hour for litigation partners — to represent the state in a lawsuit brought by Planned Parenthood, which is challenging a “budget provision denying it $334,000 in federal family planning money.” Democrats are criticizing Schmidt, “noting that a partner, Harvey Sorensen, in the firm was co-chairman of Schmidt’s 2010 campaign.”