Archive for Friday, August 3, 2012

Statehouse Live: Money continues flowing into Republican state Senate races

August 3, 2012


— Cha-ching. Cha-ching. Money continued to flow into heated Republican state Senate campaigns as conservatives and moderates battled across Kansas in the run up to Tuesday's primaries.

Wichita-based Koch Industries, which last month contributed $125,000 to the Kansas Chamber of Commerce political action committee, dropped another $20,000 into the Wichita Metro Chamber PAC, according to campaign finance reports posted Friday. Billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch and Gov. Sam Brownback are trying to unseat moderate Republicans in the Senate.

Numerous campaign finance reports for the year were released Monday, but daily reporting since then continues. Candidates had to report contributions of $300 or more through Wednesday, and political parties and PACs must continue reporting through Monday, the eve of the primaries.

Highlights from the daily reports showed:

— Phill Ruffin, the owner of two closed dog racing tracks, has funded the Kansas Wins PAC with $122,700 going to help moderates.

— The Kansas Chamber of Commerce raised a quick $115,000 on Monday and Tuesday. This included $80,000 from David Murfin, president of Murfin Drilling Co. in Wichita, and $30,000 from Crossland Construction, Crossland Heavy Contractors and Crossland Holding Co. Ivan Crossland is president of the Kansas Chamber PAC. The funds are being used to help conservative candidates for Senate.

— Wesley Medical Center in Wichita contributed $21,500 to the HCA Kansas Good Government Fund, which then made numerous contributions to a bi-partisan group of legislators.

— The Kansas Realtors PAC spent $44,302 to help moderates.

— The Kansas Jobs PAC spent $25,440 on mailers to help moderates.

— Kansans for Life PAC, an anti-abortion group, received $22,500, including $15,000 from David Kensinger & Associates. Kensinger is Brownback's former chief of staff and he and Kansans for Life are working against the moderates.

— The Kansas Values PAC spent $17,627 helping several moderate senators.

— Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's PAC raised and spent $4,532 in two days for two conservative Senate candidates.

— The Kansas National Education Association spent $4,186 supporting two moderate state senators.


Larry Sturm 5 years, 7 months ago

Large corporation PAC's need to stay out of politics that is way to much money for local politics.

chootspa 5 years, 7 months ago

Did they donate the the local senate race?

Thomas Bryce Jr. 5 years, 7 months ago

Thanks SCOTUS. You have allowed a few people with a lot of money to influence elections.I know some will say this has always been the case to a certain extent. What is happening now is unprecedented. All we have is our vote. Sure, I can donate money. How do you compete with the likes of Adelson or the Koch brothers? Corporations are not people, I don't care what they say. Corporations are comprised of a lot of people. When you let the head of a corporation spend millions on a campaign, where is the interest in the common good of the people of this nation? The employees of the Corporation may not agree with the head of the corporation. The only interest being served is the head of the corporation. Do you trust them to do what is right for the country as a whole, or do you expect them to look out for their own Special interests? It comes as no surprise what their choice is.

Thomas Bryce Jr. 5 years, 7 months ago

Corporations are headed by a person or a few persons. They may have thousands of employees.The heads of these corporations can donate millions of dollars in an election to benefit THEIR interests alone. They do not represent their employees interest. Stock holders maybe. A corporation is not a person. Is that a better choice of words for you? and as for the "you didn't build that" statement, I know what he meant because I heard and remember the entire conversation not just the sound byte the GOP plays over and over again.Repeating lies over and over again do not make them truths.But that is the GOP strategy and luckily most Americans are smart enough to know the difference.

speedy47 5 years, 7 months ago

I'm really not sure if Kansans are smart enough to know the difference. Look at the mess we're in now from the last election.

Thomas Bryce Jr. 5 years, 7 months ago

True. There are always exceptions. No wonder the GOP won't fund education. Knowledge is a power they don't want the general population to have.Too much Independent thought. Makes them nervous.

speedy47 5 years, 7 months ago

Doesn't Kobach's PAC constitute some kind of voter fraud? LOL

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