Kansas lawmakers find agreement on campaign spending raise

(KSNT Photo/Brian Dulle)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Republicans and Democrats can agree on one thing — they want more campaign money.

Representatives of both parties’ leadership testified Monday in favor of a bill before the House Elections Committee that would at least double contribution limits to most state campaigns. For example, the bill would increase individual contribution limits to $4,000 from $2,000 for gubernatorial candidates and $2,500 from $1,000 for state senators.

Kansas Democratic Party Chairperson Joan Wagnon testified that the current limits, which have changed little since the 1970s, were unrealistically low.

Kansas Republican Party Executive Director Clay Barker told the committee that the drastic increase in spending on ads from outside groups has muddied campaign messages. He said voters want to hear more directly from the candidate’s campaigns.


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