Congressman John Kline Advances to ‘Flippable Four’ in Bill Maher’s #FlipADistrict Campaign


By Kyle McCarthy

On his show, Real Time, Maher has been calling on viewers to nominate and vote for the worst members of Congress for his #FlipADistrict Campaign. Once a “winner” is chosen on September 12th, Maher plans to throw that member of Congress into the national spotlight and help oust them from office.

Earlier this year, we at nominated Representative John Kline for Bill Maher’s #FlipADistrict campaign. In May, Maher announced that due to our Twitter campaign, Representative John Kline shot from number 75 on the list of worst members of Congress, to the number one spot. Since then, Kline has remained in the top spot, and last week, Maher announced on his show, Real Time, that Kline has advanced to the ‘Flippable Four’ of the #FlipADistrict Campaign.

It restores my faith in people that the candidate that garnered the most votes in the first round, the round of sixteen, is truly one of the most deserving to take a f*cking hike. From Minnesota’s Second District, give a nice Real Time welcome to Congressman John Kline, the first one of our final four! Now he is not the most outrageous or quoteworthy, he’s just a down-the-line rightwing asshole. The kind of guy who when people say, “Why doesn’t anything get done anymore?” This guy! And ones just like him, that’s why!

Kline is the top recipient of campaign contributions from for-profit colleges, many of which have poor graduation rates, high tuition and saddle students with more debt and have higher student loan default rates than traditional colleges. Students, graduates, and the American public deserve better from a member of Congress, and especially the chair of the Education and Workforce Committee.

While the nationwide college graduation rate is 59 percent, many of the schools that donate to Kline don’t come anywhere close to this number. Capella University is one example, which according to the school’s website, has a 0 percent graduation rate for first-time, full-time undergraduates attending the school. Other poor performing schools include, University of Phoenix with a 12% graduation rate, Brown-Mackie College at 17%, Globe University at 25%, and Minnesota School of Business with a 34% graduation rate.

Two other notable schools include ITT Technical Institute of Murray, Utah along with Broadview University which have been listed as”Red Flag” schools for having default rates higher than their graduation rates. Broadview University is part of the Globe Education Network, a family managed group of poorly performing and over-priced for-profit colleges. Other Globe Education Network schools include Globe University which has a 17.5 percent default rate, and Duluth Business University where 23.2 percent default on their student loans. Globe University and Minnesota School of Business are currently being sued by the Minnesota Attorney General for misleading students.

Help us #FlipADistrict and #FireKline by tweeting and voting today!