First, the Reflector got their hands on an unredacted copy of the study MRIGlobal did for Sarus Systems. An important note here is that MRIGlobal is a legitimate testing operation, but they are only testing products and things according to the parameters laid out by their clients. In this case it’s according to Drake and Sarus Systems. As the Reflector reports, experts looked at the study and found it profoundly lacking in the important ways that would actually support Drake and Kobach’s statements about their machine’s performance.
Also important, as the investigation pointed out, is the incredible (and still unexplained) difference in price between Drake’s Scent Crusher tech, which retails at $349.99, versus the $15,000 price tag for Kobach and Drake’s Sarus Systems devices. Drake didn’t really address the price difference, but told the Reflector that this magical system used “several extra processes to further atomize and accelerate the ability to eliminate virus in a larger everyday setting.” Of course, everything Drake has said in regards to this COVID-19 sanitizing system has been suspect upon even the slightest scratch of the surface. Drake has said he came up with the idea after working with the Los Angeles Emergency Management Department (LAEMD), which asked about it. Of course, the department’s administrative and finance division chief, Ellen Linaac, told the Reflector she had no idea what he was talking about and there were no records of LAEMD ever working with Drake or with any of his companies’ products.
Finally, Drake reportedly told Kansas legislators in Topeka in October this sanitizing product that he was producing in China was on the precipice of allowing him to bring back “several hundred jobs” to Wichita, Kansas. While there is still no evidence that even a single job is on the horizon, the Reflector wasn’t able to find a business person or economist who thought there was a chance that, even if this product worked the way it claimed—which there is still no evidence it does—there would be a remotely cost-effective way to bring “several hundred” jobs stateside and continue to produce a device that might be moot in a few months.
This isn’t the first time, or the second time, or the millionth time that Kobach’s claims about anything have been debunked. His tenure in office in Kansas was marked by incompetence and the convenient mismanagement of corruption. Kobach isn’t unique for a Republican official these days. His career is sadly marred by the hackneyed waste of public resources, both federal and state, in the service of throwing obstacles in the way of democracy while also trying to enrich himself. In October, Kobach told investigators exactly why he was there: “A lot of state and local governments are receiving these pots of money, and they’re not sure what to do with it. This product they developed in Wichita is right on point.”
”Pots of money.”