Rep. John Kline (R-MN) is one of 16 members of the House of Representatives that could possibly be targeted by Bill Maher's Flip a District campaign. An ally of the APSCU, Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, Rep. Kline was the subject of a student campaign in Minnesota to try and prevent the 7 term congressman from winning reelection.
Bill Maher, host of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, introduced Flip a District in January of this year. Maher explained his experiment as "outright meddling with the political process," and asked viewers to nominate a congressman they would like to see defeated. Maher pledged to help defeat an incumbent.
Rep. Kline, who chairs the House Education and Workforce Committee, was nominated by college students who strongly opposed the congressman's support of for-profit colleges, among other things. Last year, Rep. Kline, along with Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-VA) and Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL), introduced H.R. 2637. The bill would have relaxed or abolished several regulations that had been placed on for-profit colleges. The APSCU, who works with several for-profit institutions under federal investigation for leaving college students with massive amounts of debt and few job prospects, praised Rep. Kline's efforts.
If Maher and his influence decides to take on Kline's re-election, the Flip a District campaign will go head to head with campaign contributions from many of the major for-profit colleges. ITT Tech, University of Phoenix, Stevens Henager, and Corinthian Colleges are just a few of the colleges that have backed Kline's campaigns. The troubled Corinthian College reached a deal last week with the federal government to sell or close the majority of their campuses.
Bill Maher's Flip A District will reveal which member of congress it will try to unseat on the September 12, episode of Real Time with Bill Maher. After that, Maher has said that he will do stand up in the chosen district targeting the selected member of congress.