The rhetoric is rising between the two Congressional campaigns in the Big First.
Brent Robertson, chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Great Bend, and a campaign spokesman, took aim at Democratic nominee Alan LaPolice’s campaign finance report for the latest quarter. LaPolice amended it six days later to show more receipts and expenditures.
LaPolice said his sister, Becky Murphy, handles the campaign finance report details although Louise Ehmke is the campaign committee treasurer. The costs associated with advertising videos, as well as some other expenses, did not appear on the report filed Oct. 15, but Murphy would be filing an amended report, LaPolice told The News last week when it inquired about the cost of the commercials.
The initial report was 47 pages long; the amended report, filed Oct. 21, was 79 pages.
“Amazing,” Robertson wrote in an email after the amended report appeared on the Federal Election Commission website. LaPolice’s first version left off nearly $80,000 in spending. “How do you lose track of $80,000 of spending donor’s money? What a fraud,” Robertson wrote in an email to The News.
Poison Pictures in Van Nuys, California, did video work for LaPolice. He used to live in California and said he met them through his young daughter and their price for video productions was the lowest.
LaPolice said he had explained after the first filing that there was a problem uploading the information and he was surprised the Marshall campaign commented on it this week. Robertson wrote in a statement that LaPolice “falsified” his original quarterly report.
Aaron Estabrook, campaign manager for LaPolice, responded by pointing out that Marshall “has repeatedly amended financial disclosure statements” to the FEC. Estabrook also noted that Marshall has a Kansans for Marshall campaign account and is affiliated with a Team Marshall fundraising committee. Marshall is a medical doctor who uses the title “Dr.” in his online biography. Estabrook referred to him as “a former hospital executive.”
The LaPolice campaign had $44,887 cash on hand as of Sept. 30. Kansans for Marshall reported $751,314 cash on hand at the end of September.