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Big funding edge to Reader

By Bill Felber

Republican Bob Reader is out-raising Democrat Tom Hawk better than two-to-one in the closely watched race for a seat in the Kansas Senate.

In documents required to be filed with the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission Monday, Reader reported having received more than $74,000 in contributions to his campaign since July 27. Hawk reported having raised about $33,000 during the same period.

Reader, who had to survive a tough three-way primary in August, began the reporting period with $4,000 on hand, while Hawk reported that his campaign had a $0 balance as of July 27.

The two are battling to succeed Republican Roger Reitz in the Senate. Reader defeated Reitz, as well as Joe Knopp, in that August primary. Hawk was unopposed on the Democratic side.

His $74,000 total made Reader far and away the undisputed fund-raising king of the reporting period. In fact his total compared favorably with the approximately $92,000 raised by Hawk and the four candidates for Manhattan-based House seats combined.

Reader’s contributions in excess of $250 included Barbara Harris ($1,000) the Prairie Fire National PAC ($1,000), Peter Rosario ($625), Nancy Young ($400), Barbara Hill ($1,000), Justin Hill ($1,000), Danna Vazquez ($500), Philip Howe ($1,000), Floway Oil and Gas ($1,000), the Kansas Optometrists PAC ($500), Joe McGraw ($400), the Riley County Republican Central Committee ($2,500), Paul Zachary ($1,000), Hartman Oil Co. ($500), Gary Young ($400), Sheri Adams ($1,000), John E. Ball ($500), Sue Bayer ($500), Michael Daniels ($500), Kansas Farm Bureau ($1,000), Dennis Mullin ($500), Blue Cross, Blue Shield of Kansas ($500), Lee Borck ($500), Cerner Corp. ($500), Kathy Dawson ($500), Terrence Dunn ($500), Gaches, Braden and Associates ($1,000), Justin Hill ($1,000), Dunn Construction ($1,000), Kansas Chamber of Commerce PAC ($1,000), Kansas Contractors Association ($1,000), Kansas Dental PAC ($500), Kansas Health Care Association PAC ($500), Kansas Optometric PAC ($500),  Kansas WSW PAC ($1,000), Manhattan Gastroenterology ($1,000), Road Map PAC ($1,000), Stand Up For Kansas PAC ($300), Kansas Realtors PAC ($1,000), Anderson Financial Services LLC ($500), Kent Glasscock ($500), Kansas Beverage Association ($400), Kansas Medical Society ($1,000), Pat Roberts For Senate PAC ($500), RAI Services ($300), Rodney L. Steven ($1,000), Cenetene Management ($1,000), Centurytel Inc. ($1,000), Steven St. Peter ($500), Builders Association PAC ($500), Contractors Equipment Co. ($1,000), Ivan E. Crossland ($1,000), Crossland Construction Co. ($1,000), Crossland Heavy Contractors Inc. ($1,000), Barbara Harris ($1,000), R. Lee Harris ($1,000), Heavy Constructors Association PAC ($500), Kansas Hospital Association PAC ($500), Kansas Restaurant and Hospitality Association ($400), Koch Industries ($1,000), and Free State PAC ($1,000). Reader also reported receiving a $298 in-kind contribution from Polsinelli Shughart, and he contributed $10,000 to his own campaign.

Hawk’s contributions in excess of $250 included Carpenters Local 918 ($500), Kenneth Frahm ($1,000), Linda Thurston ($500), Margo Kren ($300), Dick and Martha Seaton ($500), Teamsters 696 PAC ($500), the Topeka Federation of Labor PAC ($300) the Kansas AFL-CIO COPE Fund ($500), Twin Valley Telephone ($500), the KNEA ($1,000), Lyle Saddler ($500), the Kansas Contractors Association PAC ($500), Local 1445 Carpenters PAC ($500), the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 441 PAC ($800), DCP Midstream PAC ($300), Jill Docking ($500), Barbara Valent ($500), Michael and Kathleen Oldfather ($350), Roger and Virginia Reitz ($500), Richard H. Seaton ($500), Gary and Ortrud Hauptle ($500), HyVee, ($500), the Kansas Health Care Association ($500), PMCA Gas ($300), the Heavy Construction Association PAC ($500), District 70 MNPL PAC ($500), and KSPE ($500).

66th District Democratic incumbent Sydney Carlin reported receipts totaling $16,923, with expenditures totaling $24,248. Contributions in excess of $250 came from the KNEA Pac ($500), Carpenters Local 918 PAC ($500), Kansas AFL-CIO ($300), Kansas Farm Bureau ($500), Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 4201 ($300), and The Fridge Wholesale Liquor ($500).

She also received a $325 in-kind contribution from Karen Hawes.

Her opponent, Republican Lee Modesitt, reported receiving $17,555 with contributions in excess of $250 from the Kansas Realtors PAC (two gifts of $500 each), the Kansas Bankers Association ($500), the Kansas Chamber of Commerce (two grants of $500 each), the Builders Association of Kansas PAC (two gifts of $500 each), the Riley County Republican Central Committee (one gift of $2,500 and a second of $1,000), Koch Industries ($500), John Adams ($500), Barbara VanSlyke ($500), Wal-Mart Inc. ($300), Philip Howe ($500) and Mike Daniels ($500). He also reported receiving $500 in-kind contributions from Charles Hostetler and Bart Thomas.

Aaron Estabrook, the Democratic challenger to incumbent Republican Tom Phillips in the 67th District, reported receiving $3,795 in contributing during the reported period, with expenditures totaling $4,653. Contributions in excess of $250 came from the Kansas NEA ($500), and from Brody Beck ($400).

Phillips reported receiving $21,592 with expenditures totaling $10,371. Phillips reported receiving contributions in excess of $300 from CernerCorp. of Kansas City, Mo. ($500), Charles H. Hostetler ($500), Free State PAC of Topeka ($500), HRC Apartments and Town Homes ($500), Jeffrey Mathis ($500), the Kansas Bankers Association PAC ($400), Kansas Farm Bureau ($500), the Kansas Livestock Association PAC ($500), the Kansas Medical Society PAC ($500), the Riley County Republican Party ($1,500), and the Kansas Realtors PAC ($500). Phillips also contributed $500 to his own campaign.

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