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House candidates spar as deadline looms

By The Herald Staff | 7/11/2014

TOPEKA — With the coming deadline next week for Kansas 2nd congressional district candidates to report fundraising amounts, opponents’ campaigns took the opportunity to swipe at each other.

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kansas, campaign spokesman Lee Modesitt announced Jenkins’ campaign raised more than $380,000 in the past three months. The boost from the second quarter of 2014 puts Jenkins $3,500 short of $2 million cash on hand, which is the largest sum ever raised by a candidate in the Kansas 2nd congressional district, Modesitt said.

TOPEKA — With the coming deadline next week for Kansas 2nd congressional district candidates to report fundraising amounts, opponents’ campaigns took the opportunity to swipe at each other.

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kansas, campaign spokesman Lee Modesitt announced Jenkins’ campaign raised more than $380,000 in the past three months. The boost from the second quarter of 2014 puts Jenkins $3,500 short of $2 million cash on hand, which is the largest sum ever raised by a candidate in the Kansas 2nd congressional district, Modesitt said.

Democratic opponent Margie Wakefield’s expected funds for the second quarter have not yet been finalized, Mark Sump, Wakefield’s campaign manger said Friday, but he expects them to be close to the first quarter funds, which were about $140,000.

Jenkins’ will face off against Republican Joshua Tucker in the Aug. 5 GOP primary, but is expected to easily win. Modesitt focused on Jenkins’ Democratic opponent in this week’s fundraising announcement.

“As Margie Wakefield dreams of a day in which she could cast a vote to allow Nancy Pelosi to continue President Obama’s failed agenda of cap and trade national energy taxes, government-run health care and redistributed wealth, Eastern Kansans continue to trust Congresswoman Jenkins,” Modesitt said. “While [Jenkins] is a consistent voice in opposing the failures of the Obama agenda, she knows how to get stuff done for Kansans and they continue to stand up for her.”

Wakefield’s campaign was not worried about Jenkins’ fundraising totals reaching higher numbers, Sump said.

“We’re running a very strong and sophisticated campaign and what we know is that we will have enough money to get our message out,” Sump said in an email. “No amount of money is going to solve the problems Jenkins has with the voters of this district. She has a bigger problem than her friend Eric Cantor [Former U.S. House Majority Leader] had ... She’s a part of the leadership that is resolved to do nothing for the American public.”

Jenkins’ campaign is confusing money with votes, Sump said in a statement.

“Lynn Jenkins is confusing money with votes. Which stands to reason because the vast majority of her money is coming from wealthy corporations outside of Kansas,” Sump said. “Jenkins has ignored the needs of her district for too long while scoring political points with Washington insiders. She is a leader in the obstructionist policies that have stymied our federal government and the few policies she does support are ones that help the wealthy on the backs of seniors, working families, students and farmers.

“No amount of money can change her record and Kansans in the second district don’t like that record.”

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