Huelskamp has campaign cash advantage


By Mary Clarkin

By Mary Clarkin

Special to The Telegram

Hutchinson — U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler/Hutchinson, holds a commanding lead in campaign money heading into the final weeks of the Aug. 5 primary contest.

Quarterly reports filed this month with the Federal Election Commission by Republicans running in the 1st Congressional District revealed:

--Huelskamp: Had $834,657 cash on hand as of June 30. Kansans for Huelskamp's total disbursements amount to $332,772 since the election cycle started in January 2013.

--LaPolice: Had $90,765 cash on hand as of June 30. LaPolice entered the race in 2013 with a $3,000 personal loan to his campaign. As of the end of June, Kansas Conservatives for Alan LaPolice reported total disbursements of $40,062.

Among itemized donations for Huelskamp was a total of $425 from State Rep. Bud Estes, R-Dodge City, and $250 from State Sen. Ralph Ostmeyer, R-Grinnell.

LaPolice's donors included State Rep. Don Hineman, R-Dighton, $500, and Ellinwood Republican Kent Roth, who dropped out of the Congressional race in favor of LaPolice and has given $1,679 to the LaPolice campaign.

Kansas Farm Bureau's political action arm did not endorse any candidate in the 1st District, but Riley County Farm Bureau recently contributed $500 to LaPolice.

In the 1st District's Democratic primary, Jim Sherow, Manhattan, reported $9,360 cash on hand as of June 30. He has collected $66,506 since entering the race and has spent $57,146.

Another Democrat, Bryan Whitney, has a dormant campaign. He filed no campaign reports with the FEC other than his statement of candidacy in May 2013.

The majority of donations to the candidates came from individuals, but Huelskamp received a boost from political action committees. Since January 2013, 27.6 percent of the donations to Huelskamp have come from committees.

LaPolice reported only one committee donation in the latest quarterly report — the sum from Riley County Farm Bureau. Sherow had no PAC donations listed in his quarterly report for July.

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