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GOP, labor interests primary sources of funding in 3rd Senate district race

October 29, 2008

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Election 2008

In-depth coverage of the candidates and the issues, all leading up to the Aug. 5 primary and the Nov. 4 general election.

— The race to represent the 3rd state Senate district has become a high-dollar affair between Republican incumbent Roger Pine of Linwood and Democratic challenger Tom Holland of Baldwin City.

Much of Pine's campaign funds came from Republican Party officials and business interests, while much of Holland's campaign funds came from labor organizations, according to finance reports filed this week with the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission.

The reports cover the three-month period from July 25 through Oct. 23.

Holland had $63,064 at the start of the period, raised $39,745 and spent $100,626. That left him with $2,183 cash on hand.

Pine had $35,248 at the start of the period, raised $63,578 and spent $59,815. That left him with $39,010 cash on hand.

Holland received $1,000 from Chesapeake Operating Inc. of Oklahoma City; Kansas State UAW of Kansas City, Kan.; Marilyn Berdick of Palatine, Ill.; Millwrights Union Local 1529 of Kansas City, Mo.; United Brotherhood of Carpenters 777 of Harrisonville Mo; Carpenter's Local Union 61 of Kansas City, Mo.; United Brotherhood of Carpenters Local 714 of Olathe; Carpenters Local 27 L of Oak Grove, Mo.; Carpenters Local Union 1925 of Columbia, Mo.; Local 1445 Capenters PAC of Topeka; Local 124 Voluntary Political Fund of Kansas City, Mo.; Carpenters Local 918 PAC of Manhattan; Local 124 Voluntary PAC of Kansas City, Mo.; Carpenters District Council of Kansas City, Mo.; Kansas-National Education Association of Topeka; United Steel Workers Local 307 of Topeka; Carpenters Local 110 of St. Joseph, Mo.; Carpenters Local 945 of Jefferson City, Mo.; Carpenters Local 311 of Joplin, Mo.; United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners 1904, Parkville, Mo.; Carpenters for Sound Legislation of Jefferson City, Mo.; KTLA Consumer Civil Justice of Topeka; Carpenters Local 1329 of Independence, Mo.; Northeast Kansas Building and Construction Trades Council of Topeka; John Bottenberg of Topeka; and Local Union 168 of Kansas City, Kan.

Pine's biggest contributor was the Kansas Republican Senatorial Committee, which gave him $20,000. Monsanto Co. chipped in $2,000.

His $1,000 contributors included the Kansas Credit Union Legislative Action Committee of Topeka; Embarq Corporation PAC of Kansas of Topeka; Kansas Medical Society PAC of Topeka; Mid-Kansas Electric Co. LLC of Hays; Senate Republican Leadership Committee of Topeka; Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry PAC of Topeka; Jordan Austin NRA of Fairfax, Va.; BP North America PAC of Warrenville, Ill.; Hallmark Cards Inc. of Kansas City Mo.; Syngenta of Greensboro, N.C.; Restore America PAC of Topeka; KCP&L Power PAC of Kansas City, Mo.; KS-SCI PAC of Louisburg; and Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation of Mayetta.

Libertarian Patrick Wilbur had $1,343 at the start of the period, raised $3,615, and spent $4,906. That left him with $53 cash on hand.

Wilbur's top contributions included $500 from Rob Hodgkinson of Stillwell, $250 from DFC Construction Co. of Lawrence and $200 from Mike Wilson of Salina.

Comments

concernedlawrencian 5 years, 5 months ago

Wilbur M,It is sad that the LJW didn't endorse Senator Francisco. She has been a much better advocate for her district than Pine ever was. Along with that how many politicians actually take the time to describe their action like she has on the blogs? She puts more effort into being a Senator than most of the other 39. I hope that the citizens of this district realize that Scott Morgan is no different than Roger Pine, and that is someone that has their personal interests ahead of their constiuents.

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notnowdear 5 years, 5 months ago

Ok dear!! OK, will try hard to make my cards.

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Mkh 5 years, 5 months ago

"Pine's biggest contributor was the Kansas Republican Senatorial Committee, which gave him $20,000. Monsanto Co. chipped in $2,000."------------------------------------------Monsanto....that should be all you need to know about Pine.www.patrickwilbur.comVote Patrick Wilbur for State Senate!

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Rich Lorenzo 5 years, 5 months ago

Boy, who do you think will vote with the trade unions next session.

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logicsound04 5 years, 5 months ago

"Will make cards if I cannot find Ambassador or some other card company"----------You will be interested to find out that Ambassador is a Hallmark brand....

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notnowdear 5 years, 5 months ago

A hallmark cards endorcement is the kiss of death. The woman, who owns the corp, also gave lots of money to Bush's campaigns. I don't buy hallmark cards, or watch their TV doo-doo. Will make cards if I cannot find Ambassador or some other card company. Homemade cards are nicer anyway.

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notnowdear 5 years, 5 months ago

Pine was the one that first voted to cap or somehow decrease workmans' comp. payments. Then he reversed his decision, because there were more voters out there in support of full workmans' compensation than there were Chamber of Commerce members. I am not at all sure how good the State and Local Chamber of Commerce people are anymore. Seems they don't really care about the whole community, the community at large. But here in Lawrence, that is an old, old story. They can make their little blurbs in the paper about all sorts of nice little public recognition games of pat-your-back news items, but they are not really good at looking deeper into subjects like workmans' comp. and the lobbying against things of this nature. Look, try living without the trashmen because they can no longer work. Try living without nurses because the shortage loaded them so far down that a nurse tried to lift a person and hurt her back. And think about so many more necessary jobs that support the local infrastructure. Come on. Think deep.Think hard. Think long, Chamber of Commerce clowns. And stop lobbying to harm the health of your community.

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WilburM 5 years, 5 months ago

Interesting to note that the LJW did NOT endorse in this race, as opposed to the Francisco-Morgan race. That seems a real tip-off the Pine's spotty record on residence and self-dealing (water district), along with his weak Senate performance (especially compared to Francisco!!), will work against him on Nov. 4th.

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