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Honor K-State and Coach Snyder's request to pull the illegal and unauthorized political Advertisement

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From: Kirk Schulz 
Sent: Friday, October 31, 2014 1:29 PM
To: David Rintoul; Kerry Jennings; Reagan Kays
Cc: Kirk Schulz; John Currie
Subject: Coach Snyder Video

 

October 31, 2014

 

Dear Reagan, Kerry and Dave – 

 

Happy Halloween!  I have received several inquiries surrounding the appropriateness of Coach Snyder’s video endorsement for Senator Pat Roberts’ re-election campaign.  Many of the questions and concerns have focused around the appropriateness of any University-affiliated employee publically endorsing a political candidate.  

 

As soon as we became aware of the video,  John Currie (by phone from out of town) and Sue Peterson (in person)visited with Coach Bill Snyder about this video, and he indicated that he was unaware it was going to be used in such a fashion and was apologetic for the resulting issues. 

I asked Sue Peterson, as Director of GovernmentalRelations, to ask the Pat Roberts re-election campaign to withdraw the video and not use it any further.  They declined to honor our request. 

 

As you have seen in the October 31 K-State Today we have once again re-iterated our position that Kansas State University does not endorse any particular candidate for elected office. 

 

As in every campaign season, the University administration began putting out public reminders to our employees about political activity rules months in advance of the election.  

 

None of us were aware of the video in advance, and we responded as quickly as possible.  The release received widespread media coverage on Thursday but the news cycle seems to have run its course.  We are treating this incident as an internal matter and do not plan to extend the news cycle with a response to the media.  

 

Please feel free to share this with your respective leadership teams.  

 

Regards,

 

Kirk

 



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