Democrat self-funding bid for US Senate in Kansas

Kansas Capitol

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic candidate Patrick Wiesner is running for the U.S. Senate in Kansas almost completely on his own dime.

Wiesner is a Lawrence attorney, and a finance report filed by his campaign shows that he’s made $48,000 in personal loans to his campaign. He’s also contributed another $2,000 to his bid.

He’s reported only $601 in other contributions. Through July 16, he spent about $37,000.

Wiesner also ran for the U.S. Senate in 2010, receiving 10 percent of the vote in the primary that year.

In Tuesday’s primary, Wiesner faces Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor.

Taylor has raised about $141,000 for his campaign since entering the race in November, including about $13,500 since the beginning of July. His campaign reported spending more than $123,000 through July 16.


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