Allow candidates to transfer funds

After last year’s redistricting, a lot of members of the Kansas House ran for the Senate but couldn’t legally use leftover campaign funds, which under current law end up being returned to donors or given to charity or state parties. House Bill 2112 would change that. As state Sen. Rob Olson, R-Olathe, said last week: “Most campaign contributions are made because of the person running for office.” Then-congressmen Todd Tiahrt and Jerry Moran were able to transfer $1 million and $2.4 million, respectively, from their campaign treasuries to be used as they ran for the U.S. Senate in 2010. Why should state candidates’ leftover funds be unusable?