Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wakefield files for House seat; Jenkins campaign knocks robocall

By The Herald Staff | 5/23/2014

LAWRENCE — Democrat challenger Margie Wakefield made her campaign official Thursday, but not before riling incumbent U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kansas, with a potentially illegal robocall.

Wakefield, a Lawrence attorney, filed for the 2nd District Congressional House seat Friday, setting up a potential general election showdown with Republican Jenkins. The move was not a surprise to some Kansans, thanks, in part, to “robocalls” sent Monday across the state that announced her plan to file Thursday, as well as a planned rally.

LAWRENCE — Democrat challenger Margie Wakefield made her campaign official Thursday, but not before riling incumbent U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kansas, with a potentially illegal robocall.

Wakefield, a Lawrence attorney, filed for the 2nd District Congressional House seat Friday, setting up a potential general election showdown with Republican Jenkins. The move was not a surprise to some Kansans, thanks, in part, to “robocalls” sent Monday across the state that announced her plan to file Thursday, as well as a planned rally.

Jenkins’ campaign was quick to pounce on the robocalls — an unpopular, but productive campaign tactic used by members of both parties that sends recorded messages to potential voters — because the calls sent Monday did not include a disclaimer saying who paid for the ad, as required by the Federal Election Commission.

“... Divorce attorney Margie Wakefield stumbled out of the gate by immediately breaking federal laws regulating the conduct of federal elections,” Bill Roe, Jenkins’ campaign spokesman, said. “While it is perfectly legal to fail to tell Kansans of her steadfast love of Obamacare, federally funded abortions and tax increases in her robocall, failing to include information required by federal campaign law is quite the opposite.”

Wakefield’s campaign acknowledged the omission as a “goof,” according to media reports, but said the robocall complied “with the spirit of the law.”

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