U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun, R-Lawrence, and Democratic challenger Nancy Boyda of Topeka matched each other in raising campaign contributions over the past quarter, according to the latest reports on file Monday with the Federal Election Commission.
Ryun raised $152,558 while Boyda raised $147,318, according to the filings that cover the period from July 13 through Sept. 30.
Ryun and Boyda face off for the 2nd Congressional District, which includes west Lawrence.
But Ryun, a five-term incumbent, has a lot more cash left for the run-up to the Nov. 7 election because of prior fundraising and a big payday last week when Vice President Dick Cheney appeared in Topeka on his behalf.
Ryun had $382,529 on hand, and that doesn't include the $209,000 his campaign said it received from Cheney's visit. That would give Ryun nearly $600,000 in the final weeks of the campaign.
Ryun campaign manager Jeffrey Black said the campaign was exactly where it wanted to be as far as fundraising went.
"Being good fiscal conservatives, we'll raise as much as we need to win," he said.
Meanwhile, Boyda had $156,315 on hand as of Sept. 30.
Boyda has claimed in recent weeks that her campaign polling shows the race even.
Steve Boyda, Nancy's husband and campaign manager, said the campaign was pleased with the amount Boyda has raised.
"It's rolling in pretty fast, and frankly, it's almost all grassroots money coming in," Steve Boyda said.
Over the 2006 election cycle, Ryun has raised $764,347, with $413,311 coming from political action committees, $329,847 from individuals and the rest coming from other sources. Boyda's total for the election cycle was nearly $450,000, with only $25,000 from PACs and $51,000 coming from a loan from herself.
While Ryun is blanketing the airwaves with television ads, the Boyda campaign has focused much of its energy on publishing voter tabs inserted in newspapers, though it recently started airing TV ads.
Two of the newspaper inserts have already been distributed, and another one will be soon.
Steve Boyda said the inserts will total 48 pages of information about Nancy Boyda, the campaign and issues confronting the country.
"Our campaign has stressed respect for the voter, and we have given them a lot of information. I haven't seen a paragraph from Ryun's campaign on any issue. He's not wanting to communicate his positions," he said.
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But Black, Ryun's campaign manager, said Boyda's "voter guides" were full of misinformation.
"Jim Ryun has a 10-year record, and people know what it is," he said.
Meanwhile, the race for the 3rd Congressional District, which includes east Lawrence, is not nearly as close in the money department.
U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Lenexa, has a sizable cash advantage over challenger Chuck Ahner, a Republican from Overland Park.
During the 2006 election cycle, Moore, a four-term incumbent, has raised nearly $1.69 million to Ahner's $426,105. Moore raised $374,561 to Ahner's $114,843 during the past quarter.
Of Moore's total, more than $1 million came from PACs, while Ahner collected $5,000 from PACs and loaned his campaign $250,000.
Moore said his contributions show he has broad support.
"The overwhelming financial support for our campaign demonstrates confidence in the moderate, common-sense message I work to bring to Congress," Moore said.
Ahner's campaign did not return a phone call for comment.