Topeka With the campaign only days away, money from outside Kansas is flowing freely into the 2nd Congressional District race.
Outside groups have injected more than $1 million in the past two weeks into the race between Democratic incumbent Nancy Boyda and Republican state Treasurer Lynn Jenkins.
At the same time, Jenkins' campaign has spent $237,000 for television advertisements this month, while Boyda's campaign has paid $305,523 for TV spots.
"There are almost so many ads now that they could run back to back," said Bob Beatty, political science professor at Washburn University.
The National Republican Congressional Committee has spent $381,000 on the race in the past week. Its counterpart, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, ignored Boyda's request to stay out of the race and recently spent $450,000 on her campaign.
Smaller groups have provided a little more than $200,000 total for the two candidates.
The recent ads have made taxes the biggest issue in the campaign.
Commercials from Jenkins and the NRCC say Boyda voted for the largest tax increase in history, based on her vote for a nonbinding resolution that laid out budget goals for coming years. That resolution used revenue projections based on the planned sunset in 2010 of President Bush's tax cuts.
"In this economy, paying higher taxes is the last thing people want," said Jenkins spokesman Josh Hersh.
Boyda said the ads aren't true. She's used radio spots to say no one's taxes have increased and she would fight for middle-class tax cuts when the Bush tax reductions expire. She also has put out ads highlighting her work with veterans.
And the DCCC has aired television spots that portray Boyda in the middle of the political spectrum. Both those ads and Boyda's ads mostly don't mention Jenkins.
"We've tried to run a positive issues campaign," said Boyda spokesman Thomas Seay. "Our sense is folks are tired of having their time wasted by attack ads."
Beatty said Jenkins is ending the campaign by trying to tie Boyda to Barack Obama. But he noted that Republicans tried the same tactic this year in three special elections and Democrats won all three races.