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Secretary of State candidate could be fined, accused of breaking campaign finance laws

April 22, 2010

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— A state senator running for Kansas secretary of state is accused of breaking campaign finance laws.

Democrat Chris Steineger of Kansas City, Kan., could be fined up to $15,000 if the state Governmental Ethics Commission concludes he violated state law.

A notice filed by the commission’s executive director alleges that Steineger improperly used his Senate campaign fund to finance polls last year for possible runs for governor and secretary of state.

The notice from the executive director, Carol Williams, also alleges that Steineger illegally solicited campaign contributions from lobbyists during this year’s legislative session.

The commission has scheduled a May 18 hearing on the allegations.

The Legislature is currently on a break. A call to Steineger’s home Thursday was not immediately returned.

A previous version of this story incorrectly said that Steineger had already been fined. That hasn't yet been determined.

Comments

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 8 months ago

"the liberal Lawrence elite?"

Self esteem problems?

scott3460 4 years, 8 months ago

Check the last name. For those who have been around for a while this comes as no great surprise. The apple does not fall far from the tree.

texburgh 4 years, 8 months ago

I would simply point out that most Democrats consider Steineger a Republican. After all, he votes with Republicans consistently in the State Senate and is a darling of Americans for Prosperity/Koch Industries.

Perhaps that's why the "liberal Lawrence elite" is not weighing in. Yet another ethically challenged Republican!

Richard Payton 4 years, 8 months ago

Dirt on politicians is nothing new. Keating 5 (republician) McCain, Affair (democrat) Edwards are just a couple I've named.

justsaying 4 years, 8 months ago

If he is found guilty, he'll get punished. Until then, it's difficult to speculate on the limited information provided. A person (even this person) is innocent until proven guilty. I can't comment on his character, but his voting record is publicly accessible.

BigDog 4 years, 8 months ago

I would simply point out that most Democrats consider Steineger a Republican. After all, he votes with Republicans consistently in the State Senate and is a darling of Americans for Prosperity/Koch Industries.

Not an accurate statement at all ..... so far this session Senator Steineger has only cast 12 votes in which he was not voting with the majority of Democratic senators. He seems to disagree with his Party on budget and economic development issues.

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