Daily Archives: Oct. 25, 2010

Skelton outraises Welshimer by $20,000

MoneyWichita City Council member Jim Skelton raised $20,000 more than current Sedgwick County commissioner Gwen Welshimer during the most recent campaign finance reporting period, records show.

Skelton raised $43,995 in campaign contributions, and Welshimer raised $23,946.

Both are vying for the District 5 seat in the southern part of the county now held by Welshimer.

In other county races, District 1 commissioner Dave Unruh, a Republican, raised $17,245 during this period but already had $36,384 on hand.

The report for his Democratic challenger, Wichita school board member Betty Arnold, was not available.

Oletha Faust-Goudeau, a Democratic state senator, raised $6,715 during this reporting period.

Richard Ranzau, the Republican vying for the District 4 seat now held by commissioner Kellly Parks, raised $25,525.

UPDATED: Campaign finance reports due today for state races

TOPEKA – Candidates for legislative and statewide races have until midnight to turn in their campaign finance reports for the last three months.

The reports will show what candidates have raised since July 22.

The reports are available at the websites for the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission and at the Kansas Secretary of State.

One unusual revelation early in the day comes from Kris Kobach’s campaign to become Kansas Secretary of State.

According to his report, which was filed Sunday on the secretary of state’s site, Kobach has not raised any money since July 23. He started the reporting cycle with $89,342.63 and has since spent $95,560.49 – putting the campaign more than $6,000 in the red.

Most of that money, $46,127, went to The Singularis Group, a Johnson County-based political consulting group that has strong ties to the state Republican Party. Kobach is the GOP candidate for secretary of state.

UPDATE: While Kobach’s initial report, filed Sunday, showed him raising no money between July 23 and Oct. 21, a second report – filed Monday afternoon, showed a very different picture.

According to the second report, Kobach raised $136,810 since July 23rd and, after spending $95,560, has $130,663 remaining in his campaign coffers.

At 1:20 p.m., his rival, Democratic candidate Kansas Secretary of State Chris Biggs’ report was not yet uploaded to either website.

Check back later for more updates, or read Tuesday’s Wichita Eagle for a full list from the campaign finance reports for statewide, legislative and county offices.

Federal candidates run on a separate reporting cycle.