Category Archives: Election 2008

Who’s in the money? Ron Paul

Blank checkKansans have already invested $1.4 million in presidential campaigns since this race got off to its early start, according to finance documents filed Feb. 1. Even though Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, dropped out, he still has the most Sunflower State campaign cash. But Texas Congressman Ron Paul, a long-shot Republican candidate who will be in Wichita Friday evening, has quietly raised almost $134,000. About $45,000 of that came from the Wichita area. That’s more than Democratic Sen. Barack Obama, who sits in third place statewide with $131,000. (Get a breakdown of all the candidates here. And get a list of Kansas’ biggest donors here.)

Paul and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee both plan visits to Kansas before Saturday’s caucuses. Read more about that here.

Campaigns heat up in Kansas

The White HouseSuper Tuesday is approaching, and Democratic front runners are amplifying their messages and aiming them at Kansans. Sen. Barack Obama today began a TV ad campaign in Kansas featuring Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. In fact, nearly all of the audio and about a fourth of the visual are Sebelius, giving another powerful indication that Obama’s campaign believes Sebelius’ support could sway undecided voters or even change a few minds in the next five days. Sen. Hillary Clinton’s campaign also has staff rallying support, and it plans to give Kansans a chance to interact with her via satellite before Tuesday’s caucuses. And both campaigns have appointed people to respond to any campaign attacks or anything they perceive as misinformation or unfair.

Meanwhile, Sen. John McCain’s campaign announced the formation of Kansans for McCain and appointed Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback and Republican National Committeeman Stephen Cloud as co-chairs. The Republicans will likely become extremely active in Kansas if Tuesday’s elections don’t produce a clear front-runner. That’s because the Kansas GOP set their caucuses for Feb. 9 in hopes that the race would still be undecided and give Kansas a rare pivotal role in presidential politics. Check out Sunday’s Eagle for more about the caucuses, including a guide that will show you where you can participate.

Giuliani, Obama leading in Kansas dollars

MoneyWhen it comes to campaign cash, you can always count on the Wichita Country Club — or at least those who live near it. As they have in past elections, residents in the 67206 zip code are pouring money into presidential campaigns at a rate rivaled only by the Shawnee Mission area and Olathe. But, as of late October when the latest finance reports came out, most of that money has been spent in vain on Sen. Sam Brownback, who withdrew from the race.

Of those remaining in the race, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is getting the biggest boost from Kansans, according to Opensecrets.org, a site operated by The Center for Responsive Politics, a non-profit and non-partisan group. Here’s a look at the rest, as provided by Opensecrets.org:

  1. Sam Brownback -$382,477
  2. Rudolph W. Giuliani -$100,500
  3. Barack Obama -$95,004
  4. Mitt Romney -$83,100
  5. Hillary Clinton – $82,895
  6. John McCain – $82,490
  7. John Edwards – $42,950
  8. Fred Thompson – $40,501
  9. Ron Paul – $40,255
  10. Bill Richardson – $24,350
  11. Joseph R. Biden Jr. – $22,700
  12. Christopher J. Dod – $11,200
  13. Tom Tancredo – $4,760
  14. Mike Huckabee – $4,235
  15. Ralph Nader – $1,100
  16. Duncan Hunter – $1,000
  17. Dennis J. Kucinich – $200
  18. Alan L. Keyes – $200
  19. Susan Gail Ducey – $172
Total to All Candidates: $1,020,089

The figures above reflect fund-raising through Oct. 29, 2007. Candidates file their year-end reports Jan. 31. As it stands today, Kansans’ political donations are split roughly 70 percent to Republicans and 30 percent Democrats.