Davis campaign omits disclaimer

7/17/2014

By DAVE HELLING

By DAVE HELLING

The Kansas City Star

MCT — The Paul Davis for Governor campaign said it slipped up Tuesday by not including its disclaimer on a news release announcing the endorsements of more than 100 Republicans in Kansas.

The news release was attributed to Republicans for Kansas Values, or RKV, in a headline at the top. A search of the Ethics Commission website and the Secretary of State's website Commission website and the Secretary of State's website shows no statement of organization from a political committee by that name.

And the two-page, 10-point news release criticizing Gov. Sam Brownback contains no disclaimer attributing it to RKV, the Davis campaign, or anyone.

Kansas law says any "brochure, flier, fact sheet, postcard, fund-raising invitation, or door hanger that expressly advocates the election or defeat of a candidate for state or local office must include the 'paid for by' statement," according to the Ethics Commission website.

Wednesday, an official with the Davis campaign said RKV isn't an independent group, just part of the candidate's campaign committee.

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