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Primary Elections—Campaign Finance

Posted By Joseph N. Molina III, Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Next week, Kansans head to the polls to vote in Republican and Democrat primaries. For most races, the primary will narrow the field to two candidates—except for the Governor’s race, where Independent candidate Greg Orman looms large.

In advance of the primary election, each campaign is required to release their finance reports. These reports, filed with the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission, can be viewed here: http://ethics.ks.gov/CFAScanned/StWide/2018ElecCycle/SWLinks2018EC.htm

The big take away from the larger campaigns is the amount of self-funding. For instance, the Kobach campaign report indicates that running mate Wink Hartman has contributed well over $1 million to the campaign.  See; http://ethics.ks.gov/CFAScanned/StWide/2018ElecCycle/201807/SW01KK_201807.pdf, See also; http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2018/jul/31/kobachs-running-mate-lends-1-5-million-to-campaign-finance-reports-show/.

In his effort to remain in office, Gov. Colyer has raised over $1.3 million and spent $1.2 Million. He has just over $175,000 remaining. Gov. Colyer did not report any personal loans to his campaign. The governor, at this point, leads all candidates for amounts raised from individual contributors with over $833,000 contributed. See; http://ethics.ks.gov/CFAScanned/StWide/2018ElecCycle/201807/SW01JC_201807.pdf

Independent candidate Greg Orman loaned his campaign $650,000 in the week preceding the filing deadline. See; http://ethics.ks.gov/CFAScanned/StWide/2018ElecCycle/201807/SW01GO_201807.pdf. The report listed the contribution from a credit card but the Orman camp has clarified that the payment was made via check. Orman has received nearly $230,000 from individual contributions. See; https://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/election/article215809175.html.

For the Democrats, Laura Kelly leads the way with $727,000 available this period. She spent nearly $500,000 and has over $235,000 left. She received over $570,000 from individual contributions this period. See; http://ethics.ks.gov/CFAScanned/StWide/2018ElecCycle/201807/SW01LK_201807.pdf

Josh Svaty raised nearly $280,000. Of this mount more than 75% came from individual contributions. Svaty has spent almost $245,000. See; http://ethics.ks.gov/CFAScanned/StWide/2018ElecCycle/201807/SW01JS_201807.pdf

Carl Brewer’s camp received $95,000 and spent $82,000 – See; http://ethics.ks.gov/CFAScanned/StWide/2018ElecCycle/201807/SW01CB_201807.pdf

If you would like to receive an advance mail-in ballot, TODAY is the last day to apply. The application can be found here - http://www.sos.ks.gov/forms/elections/AV1.pdf. You can also vote early by visiting your county clerk’s office. Those locations and hours of operation can be found here - http://www.kssos.org/elections/18elec/2018_Primary_Election_Advance_Voting_Times_Locations.pdf

You can always opt to vote on election day, August 7th, at your polling place. Find your polling place by visiting this website - https://myvoteinfo.voteks.org/VoterView/PollingPlaceSearch.do

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