Archive for Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Campaign Notebook: Brownback leads in race for campaign contributions

Kansas attorney general outspends GOP rival

October 26, 2010, 9:47 a.m. Updated October 26, 2010, 4:34 p.m.


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— Democratic incumbent Steve Six has spent twice as much money as his Republican challenger for Kansas attorney general, but both are getting hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of help from outside groups.

Finance records available Tuesday showed Six had spent more than $1.1 million through Thursday. GOP nominee Derek Schmidt, the Kansas Senate's majority leader, had spent less than $474,000.

In the governor's race, GOP nominee and U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, had a large fundraising advantage, as expected, over Democratic candidate and state Sen. Tom Holland. Secretary of State Chris Biggs and State Treasurer Dennis McKinney, both Democrats, have outspent their opponents. Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, a Republican, has no opponent in the Nov. 2 election.

The attorney general's race is notable for outside groups' attempts to influence voters. Six spokesman Gavin Young said the Democrat has had to raise more money than Schmidt to counter groups supporting the Republican.

"He's not generating his own support, but he's getting plenty of support from special interests," Young said.

But Six is getting his share of outside help too. A political action committee funded largely by the Democratic Attorneys General Association spent $889,000 from late August through mid-October to help Six, records showed. Most of the money went to buy radio and television advertising time.

"There's more being spent on Six's side of this than on ours," Schmidt spokeswoman Jackie McClaskey said.

Statewide candidates were required to file their latest finance reports electronically by midnight Monday, disclosing contributions and spending from July 23 through Oct. 21.

The records also showed Six had raised nearly $1.2 million for the race compared with $506,000 for Schmidt.

But Six has been raising money longer. He started in March 2008, shortly after Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius appointed him to replace Paul Morrison, who resigned over a sex scandal. Six previously had been a Douglas County trial judge.

Schmidt didn't start raising money until November 2009.

He has had help from the Iowa-based American Future Fund, which paid for TV ads criticizing Six because he won't join court challenges to the federal health care reform law. Six has said there's no need to spend Kansas' resources on such challenges.

American Future Fund officials didn't return a telephone message, but McClaskey said the group is expected to spend between $300,000 and $400,000. It doesn't have to file reports in Kansas because the ads don't "expressly advocate" the election or defeat of a candidate but simply criticize Six.

Young said KS GOP for Schmidt also has purchased television time, including $2,045 worth of spots that began Tuesday on KTKA, the ABC affiliate in Topeka. But McClaskey said that group, which is tied to the state Republican Party, will likely spend less than $40,000, all of which it will have to report as a contribution to Schmidt.

Meanwhile, the Washington-based Committee for Justice and Fairness, which is backing Six, reported raising $3.3 million from July 23 through Oct. 21, all but $20,000 of it from the Democratic Attorneys General Association. It spent $833,000 on radio and television time for ads specifically for Six, plus money on polling and consulting.

In the governor's race, Brownback had spent nearly $2.3 million through Thursday and had almost $634,000 in cash left, finance records showed. Holland had spent about $574,000 and had about $74,000 left.

In the secretary of state's race, Biggs spent $241,000 from July 23 through Oct. 21, emerging from a contested Aug. 3 primary. The GOP nominee, Kansas City-area law professor Kris Kobach also had a primary race and spent about $95,000 during the same three-month period.

But Kobach ended the period with almost $131,000 in cash, compared with less than $11,000 for Biggs.

In the treasurer's race, McKinney spent almost $325,000 through Thursday. That's six times as much as Republican and Sedgwick County Treasurer Ron Estes, whose total was about $54,000.


Richard Heckler 7 years, 6 months ago

Did voters forget who and what put 11 million out of work,out of medical insurance, killed retirement plans and in general wiped out the economy?

The Repub crime syndicate is truly not the economic giant of our time.

Did voters forget who and what put 11 million out of work,out of medical insurance, killed retirement plans and in general wiped out the economy twice in the last 30 years? ?

Republicans are simply too dangerous to be in charge of OUR money and OUR economy!

No jobs,no medical insurance,retirement plans up in smoke by the party that believes flippin burgers is a great alternative never mind that parents can no longer be home parenting.

This is what I mean:

  1. The Reagan/ Bush Savings and Loan Heist( millions out of work)
    Jeb Bush, George Bush Sr., and his son Neil Bush have all been implicated in the Savings and Loan Scandal, which cost American tax payers over $1.4 TRILLION dollars (note that this was about one quarter of our national debt").

The Reagan/Bush savings and loan heist was considered the largest theft in history at the time. George Herbert Walker Bush then took $1.4 trillion of taxpayers money to cover the theft.

  1. The Bush/Cheney Wall Street Bank Fraud on Consumers(million out of work)
    Yes, substantial fraud was involved. For example, mortgage companies and banks used deceit to get people to take on mortgages when there was no possibility that the borrowers would be able to meet the payments. Not only was this fraud, but this fraud depended on government authorities ignoring their regulatory responsibilities."

  2. Only 3 major Financial Institutions were at risk in spite of what we’re told ?
    "There were just a handful of institutions that were terribly weakened. AIG the insurer, Bank of America and Citigroup, Those three were clearly in very weakened form. Many of the other big banks simply were not.

  3. Privatizing Social Security Would Place the Nations Economy at Risk
    "Social Security privatization will raise the size of the government's deficit to nearly $700 billion per year for the next 20 years, almost tripling the size of the national debt.

Put simply, moving to a system of private accounts would not only put retirement income at risk--it would likely put the entire economy at risk."

  1. Still A Bad Idea – Bush Tax Cuts - (DO NOT create Jobs)

The ENTITLEMENT program for the wealthy at the expense of the middle class = tax increases for the middleclass.

  1. Reagan/Bush Iran-Contra Illegal Sale of Weapons

7.The Nixon Watergate - Illegal wire tap of democratic headquarters

Ken Lewis 7 years, 6 months ago

Ron Paul had the most contributions for President in 08. He lost.

BigDog 7 years, 5 months ago

Merrill ...... Next Tuesday/Wednesday looks to be rough days for you

I am shocked that your cut and paste skills have not changed the direction of the election.

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