Thursday, July 24, 2014

Roles reversed: Jenkins in Dems’ crosshairs over campaign efforts

By The Herald Staff | 6/2/2014

TOPEKA — A tit-for-tat battle in the 2nd Congressional House race has begun.

After Republican incumbent Lynn Jenkins’ campaign quickly pounced on campaign violation last month by Democrat challenger Margie Wakefield, the tables were turned less than a week later. The Kansas Democratic Party now has filed ethics and campaign complaints against Jenkins’ office.

TOPEKA — A tit-for-tat battle in the 2nd Congressional House race has begun.

After Republican incumbent Lynn Jenkins’ campaign quickly pounced on campaign violation last month by Democrat challenger Margie Wakefield, the tables were turned less than a week later. The Kansas Democratic Party now has filed ethics and campaign complaints against Jenkins’ office.

A request for investigation with the Office of Congressional Ethics and a separate, but related complaint, with the Federal Elections Commission both allege U.S. Rep. Jenkins, R-Kansas, used taxpayer money to pay her campaign manager and official spokesperson, Bill Roe, or failed to properly report Roe’s salary and other related expenditures on her campaign finance reports. Roe also serves as Jenkins’ district director for her congressional office, Jason Perkey, Kansas Democratic Party executive director, said.

“It’s clear that Rep. Jenkins has problems following rules and being forthright with the people of Kansas,” Perkey said. “Whether she used our tax dollars to fund her campaign or failed to properly report her campaign expenses, both call into question her fitness for service. Rep. Jenkins owes her constituents an explanation: Is she incompetent? Or is she intentionally deceiving Kansans?”

Roe sent out a news release late last month after Wakefield, a Lawrence attorney, filed to run against Jenkins, which said Wakefield had broken federal election laws by not stating who paid for her “robocalls” asking for support.

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