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Jenkins reports huge advantage over Schlingensiepen in latest campaign disclosures

Tobias Schlingensiepen, left, is challenging U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins to represent Kansas' 2nd District in Congress.

Tobias Schlingensiepen, left, is challenging U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins to represent Kansas' 2nd District in Congress.

October 18, 2012


— Republican Rep. Lynn Jenkins continued her advantage in fundraising over her Democratic challenger in the Kansas 2nd District race, according to documents filed this week.

Federal campaign reports show Jenkins had nearly $1.4 million in cash on hand as of Oct. 15. By comparison, Topeka pastor Tobias Schlingensiepen reported having $50,400 cash on hand.

Schlingensiepen collected contributions from nearly 700 individuals during the reporting period from July 19 through Sept. 30. He said none of the contributions were from Washington political action committees, and he has criticized Jenkins for accepting campaign funds from Washington PACs.

"We're proud of our broad base of support and that we've raised as much money as we have in four months of campaigning and without sitting on a single committee in Congress," Schlingensiepen said.

Jenkins' report shows she took in nearly $82,000 from individual contributors and $191,500 from PACs representing a variety of interests, ranging from banking and financial services to gambling, manufacturing and utilities.

"Congresswoman Jenkins has always felt that if you take care of your business, politics will take care of itself," said Jenkins' campaign manager Bill Roe. "This recent financial report is like its predecessors. It continues to show consistent and broad support of the work Congresswoman Jenkins is doing on the behalf of eastern Kansans in Washington."

The Jenkins campaign has refuted arguments by Schlingensiepen that Washington insiders have more access to the congresswoman through fundraisers and other activities than voters in Kansas. Roe said Thursday that Jenkins has had "thousands of Kansas donors" who continue to back the congresswoman and her efforts since she first won election in 2008.

The 2nd District was last held by a Democrat when Nancy Boyda defeated incumbent Republican Rep. Jim Ryun in 2006. She held on to the seat for just one term, losing to Jenkins in 2008. The district leans heavily for Republicans, though it became slightly more Democratic after the new boundaries were drawn in June.

The district covers all of eastern Kansas from the Nebraska border to the Oklahoma border, with the exception of the Kansas portion of the Kansas City metropolitan area.


rbwaa 4 years ago

i guess that accounts for the flood of political crap i get in the mail from her every other day. it's really sickening.

Jean Robart 4 years ago

I am listed on my voter registration as independent. I get mail from both parties. Nothing will stop the flood of political stuff.

courtsider 4 years ago

Having listened to both during a recent TV program, I was impressed with Mr. Schlingensiepen's responses. I had no idea who he was - but he will be the one I vote for. Where can I contribute to your campaign?

kernal 4 years ago

courtsider, if you would like to contribute to his campaign, go to his website at and click on the donate window on the right side of the screen.

I'm not Tobias, nor am I on his campaign staff.

patkindle 4 years ago

too many democrats never had a job, never worked and earned anymoney, so they have no money but their welfare checks to spend on campaignj donations

James Minor 4 years ago

That's politics. Campaining, making money, distorting the truth, making unfounded claims, etc. I don't like Lynn's platform but when you step in the ring with someone who has been there a while, more than likely the money is there too.

Ken Lassman 4 years ago

The main argument for both term limits and serious campaign reform, no? Jenkins is exhibit A for both issues.

4 years ago

How come the story tells us how much money Jenkins raised and where it came from, but not how much Tobias raised? I'm genuinely curious. Toby talks about how much he's raised, but there is no number.

Jean Robart 4 years ago

It does tell us how much Tobias has raised. look again.

4 years ago

Nope, it tells how much he has on hand and how many donors he has. Unless I'm drunk or stupid (I'm probably both), the story doesn't give a raw number of how much he raised during the reporting period.

Ira Rott 4 years ago

Total raised by Tobias from his entry into the race in May

Total raised by Lynn since Jan 2011

Total in the October quarterly period.

Tobias: $94,712 individual, $336 party contribution for a total of $95,048

Lynn: $81,747 individual, no party contribution, $191,500 from "other political committees (such as PACs)" for a total of $274,247

Patricia Davis 4 years ago

I believe Jenkins was in bed with someone else while she was married. So much for a party of family values.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years ago

And that someone she was in bed with was getting calls from the sheriff because of suspected domestic battery against his now ex-wife.

patkindle 4 years ago

the incumbert is normally in bed with all the money folks.............. thats untill the citiizen legistlator gets elected, then they jump in bed.................. for the cash ..thats how they roll. hope and change you know..

parrothead8 4 years ago

Tobias would represent the interests and values of the vast majority of Kansans, and would do it with integrity, but when you promise to vote for policies that benefit people with money, they give you money to get re-elected, and that's how Lynn will win. It's really too bad that so many people will vote for a party rather than a person.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years ago

Couldn't you have just said "I have no comment for fear of saying something really idiotic."

Phil Minkin 4 years ago

We have the best politicians money can buy.

ThePilgrim 4 years ago

"Congresswoman Jenkins has always felt that if you take care of your business, politics will take care of itself," said Jenkins' campaign manager Bill Roe.

That says it all - politics is just business to Jenkins.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years ago

Yep-- pretty much screams "My votes go to the highest bidders!!!"

Michael LoBurgio 4 years ago

jenkins voted twice to end medicare as we know it!

District by District Impact of Republican Medicare Plan and Medicaid Cuts

This analysis shows the immediate and long-term impacts of these changes in the 2nd Congressional District in Kansas, which is represented by Rep. Lynn Jenkins.

The Republican proposal would have adverse impacts on seniors and disabled individuals in the district who are currently enrolled in Medicare. It would:

• Increase prescription drug costs for 9,300 Medicare beneficiaries in the district who enter the Part D donut hole, forcing them to pay an extra $92 million for drugs over the next decade.

• Eliminate new preventive care benefits for 111,000 Medicare beneficiaries in the district.

The Republican proposal would have even greater impacts on individuals in the district age 54 and younger who are not currently enrolled in Medicare. It would:

• Deny 530,000 individuals age 54 and younger in the district access to Medicare’s guaranteed benefits.

• Increase the out-of-pocket costs of health coverage by over $6,000 per year in 2022 and by almost $12,000 per year in 2032 for the 108,000 individuals in the district who are between the ages of 44 and 54.

• Require the 108,000 individuals in the district between the ages of 44 and 54 to save an additional $25.2 billion for their retirement – an average of $182,000 to $287,000 per individual – to pay for the increased cost of health coverage over their lifetimes. Younger residents of the district will have to save even higher amounts to cover their additional medical costs.

• Raise the Medicare eligibility age by at least one year to age 66 or more for 58,000 individuals in the district who are age 44 to 49 and by two

Centerville 4 years ago

I wish Tobias would get off the cliche wagon. Surely , can't he articulte his positions in something besides stale DNC Talking Points?
And, as for the whining about the money, I didn't see any of it when Zippy said he was going to raise and spend a billion.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years ago

"Surely , can't he articulte his positions in something besides stale DNC Talking Points?"

But you're OK with Jenkins spouting RNC talking points, and voting however Boehner (and/or her wealthy donors) tells her to vote.

Richard Heckler 4 years ago

What we see is Jenkins spends a lot of time chasing special interest money. Takes away from spending time on the job.

Want term limits? Don't vote for her! Term limit legislation is not like to happen. So we voters make it happen at the voting booth.

Richard Heckler 4 years ago

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Richard Heckler 4 years ago

The repub party declared the day Obama was elected their primary function would be to make Obama a one term president. Consequently their millions of NO votes became the disastrous campaign against women,The USA and jobs for Americans.

Did Republicans deliberately crash the US economy?

Be it ideology or stratagem, the GOP has blocked pro-growth policy and backed job-killing austerity – all while blaming Obama. Jenkins must be supporting this job killing mechanism.

Romney and his vulture capitalist friends are buying up companies then shutting them down and the jobs go to China. So how in the world can Obama bring job numbers up while republicans are killing USA jobs?

--- Romney Receives Tax Rewards for Killing USA Jobs = 25,000 GM jobs and 170 more jobs in Illinois as week. One day before election day 170 people will lose their jobs to the Chinese.

--- While the workers and the town may suffer, Romney himself has done well as a result of Bain's work with the company. According to his recently released 2011 tax returns, Romney transferred $701,703 worth of Sensata stock to the Tyler Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit controlled by Romney. The gift is listed on page 323 of the pdf, on form 8283 (below).

--- Moving the stock to his nonprofit brings Romney twin benefits. First, he gets to deduct the full value of the stock. At a 35 percent tax rate, that's nearly a $250,000 benefit. At 15 percent, it's just over $100,000.

--- Second, Romney is able to avoid paying capital gains taxes on the stock price increase. Romney's returns list no cost for the stock, and indicate he obtained them as part of a partnership interest in Bain. Avoiding capital gains taxes on the full increase would save an additional $100,000. In 2010, Romney gifted $170,000 worth of Sensata stock to his charity, saving $25,000 in capital gains taxes that year.

--- Cheryl Randecker, a Sensata worker facing an imminent layoff, said, "I could pay off my house with that [$25,000], and he doesn't need it anyway."

--- Randecker received her 60-day layoff notice shortly after Labor Day. She and other Sensata employees have tried in vain to pressure Romney and Bain to keep their jobs in the U.S., going so far as to create a "Bainport" encampment across the street from their plant in Freeport, Ill. Billed as the "home of the Romney economy," the site highlights what some Sensata workers describe as corporate greed squeezing the middle class.

Richard Heckler 4 years ago

"Congresswoman Jenkins has always felt that if you take care of your business, politics will take care of itself," said Jenkins' campaign manager Bill Roe.

Getting to the 1.4 million $$$$$ and up range means she is spending a lot of time with special interests not necessarily from Kansas. No matter what spending so much time chasing campaign dollars must take away from the most immediate reasons people are elected to congress.... to represent all of us not mostly money contributors.

Selling Out by Mark Green details how much effort is required to raise the millions necessary to fund a campaign. Many hours a day for so many dollars a day. Mark Green is a former congressman. He favors public financing. Green is convinced dollars do buy votes.

Centerville 4 years ago

Rev. T, please read my lips: It is illegal for a federal candidate to receive corporate money so you accusing Jenkins of taking corporate money just exposes you as a know-nothing. Time to read up on those FEC rules. And, maybe you should stop whining and start articulating some ideas that are helpful so someone will start supporting you. And you should start soon, as your report shows hardly enough on hand to drive to Pittsburg for the parade tomorrow.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years ago

You obviously don't know how things work in the world of corporate support for candidates and causes.

James Minor 4 years ago

Politics is a rich person's sport. If you don't have the money or can't get the money your platform goes unheard.

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