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Democrats accuse Kansas GOP of illegal coordination with PAC

September 25, 2018

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas Democratic official has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging that the state Republican party illegally coordinated with a super PAC in the state’s 3rd congressional district.

The complaint filed Tuesday by Andy Sandler, Democratic chairman for the 3rd congressional district, concerns an ad showing Alana Zimmer-Roethle criticizing Democrat Sharice Davids, who is running against GOP incumbent Kevin Yoder. The ad doesn’t disclose that Zimmer-Roethle is the secretary of the Kansas GOP party.

The Kansas City Star reports the Congressional Leadership Fund, a PAC working to maintain GOP control in the U.S. House, spent nearly $2 million as of Sept. 21 to support Yoder.

Jim Joice, executive director of the Kansas Republican Party, said the party didn’t know about the ad or Zimmer-Roethle’s involvement until it was televised.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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