Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Owens Outspends Opponent Almost 2 to 1

Sen. Tim Owens, running to re-election in Kansas Senate District 8, is outspending his opponent more than 2 to 1 according to campaign finance reports.

During the first half of 2012 Owens raised and spent more than $40,000 on his re-election effort.  Owens also had an additional $30,000 in cash on-hand at the end of the period.  His opponent, Jim Denning, has raised $61,000, but only spent $27,000.

Various PACs are also trying to influence the race that has become central to the struggle between "moderate" and conservative Republicans in Kansas after Owens gerrymandered out his original primary opponent, landing the state's redistricting effort in the courts and sticking taxpayers with his legal bills.

On Denning's behalf the Kansas Chamber PAC has spent approximately $12,000 on radio ads and mailers. By contrast, PACs have spent roughly $20,000 promoting Tim Owens.  The PACs supporting Owens include the KNEA ($6,000), the Kansas Jobs PAC ($7,000), and the Kansas traditional Republican Majority ($6,000).  When you include the max contributions made to the Owens campaign by these PACs their spending rises to just under $23,000.

No word on when we can expect Steve Rose and the Kansas City Star to revoke their claims that their is "an unprecedented, coordinated effort in Kansas to overwhelm moderates with negative advertising," in light of the evidence suggesting the exact opposite is, in fact, true.

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