Democratic congressional candidate Dennis Moore said Friday that a Virginia outfit was preparing to launch an advertising blitz during the campaign's closing days in support of his opponent.
Moore, who is attempting to unseat GOP Rep. Vince Snowbarger, said his campaign had received information that Triad Management Services, a conservative political consulting firm that spent $287,500 on ads beneficial to Snowbarger in the 1996 election, intended to again sponsor spots favorable to the congressman.
``I think that corporation bought a seat in Congress,'' Moore said. ``That's wrong.''
The 3rd Congressional District comprises all or parts of Douglas, Johnson, Wyandotte and Miami counties.
Moore, a prominent Lenexa defense attorney and a former Johnson County prosecutor, spoke to about 50 people at a forum in the Eldridge Hotel sponsored by the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce and Sallie Mae.
Moore said campaign finance laws should be amended to require groups such as Triad to disclose the amount of money spent in a campaign and to disclose donors.
``We desperately need to reform campaign-finance laws in this country,'' he said.
Triad is credited with investing $1 million in Kansas to help elect Sam Brownback to the U.S. Senate and three candidates to the U.S. House -- Todd Tiahrt of Goddard, Jim Ryun of Lawrence and Snowbarger of Olathe.
Triad's ads ran in the final two weeks of the campaign, under the name of groups like ``Citizens for the Republic Education Fund,'' an organization with no office, no known telephone number and apparently no citizen members.
Republicans said Triad's actions were a legal response to the ad campaigns run by labor unions. The AFL-CIO reportedly spent $500,000 targeting Tiahrt in 1996. Labor has stepped forward to assist Moore in the current campaign.
Two congressional forums in the chamber-Sallie Mae series remain. Brownback's talk is 2 p.m. Monday. Snowbarger plans to appear noon Thursday. Both forums will be at the Eldridge Hotel.
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