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Republicans spend campaign contributions on primary battle
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Editor’s Note: This is the second to two stories about campaign finance reports filed by area candidates.

In her bid for reelection to Kansas Senate District 33, Ruth Teichman has outspent challenger Mitch Holmes by more than four-to-one heading into next Tuesday’s primary. Meanwhile, the candidates for the House’s 112th District, which serves Great Bend and other parts of Barton County, are unopposed in the primary. Between the two, Republican John  Edmonds and Democrat Steve Muehleisen have spent less than $350.
Monday was the deadline for candidates to release their reports of campaign contributions and expenditures for the period of Jan. 1 through July 26. Reports were submitted to the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission, Topeka. The reports list gifts from individuals, businesses and political action committees (PACs).
Tuesday’s primary will decide which of the two Republicans’ names will appear on the general election ballot in November. Holmes, from St. John, currently serves in the House’s 114th District.
Mitch Holmes started Jan. 1 with no money in his campaign fund and has raised $30,105.25. He has spent $22,970.01.
Donors of $1,000 include Wohlgemuth & Daniel Investments LLP, Topeka; Kansas Chamber of Commerce, Topeka; American Freedom PAC, Hutchinson; Kansas Credit Union Legislative Action Committee, Topeka; NPS Sales Inc., Olathe; Gerard Wealth Management, Olathe; and individuals Richard Friedeman, Great Bend attorney; Kim Hullman, St. John certified public accountant; Helen Hullman, office clerk and retired accounting teacher, St. John; Justin D. Hill Jr., Lawrence, owner of a paper company; Larry Salmans, Hanston, retired politician; Roger and Sandy Hoffman, Coldwater ranchers; Larry Powell, Garden City legislator; Tim and Donna Nordell, Sedan ranchers; Dana Lewis, Lenexa nurse; John Lewis, Lenexa, president of a media/advertising company; and John Edmonds, Great Bend CPA.
He also received $500 checks from Crossland Holding Co. and Crossland Construction Co., both as P.O. Box 45, Columbus, Kan.,and Heavy Contractors, P. O. Box 350, Columbus.
Ruth Teichman, Stafford, started the year with $81,008.39 in her campaign war chest and received $44,532.50 in donations, for a total of $125,540.89. She had spent $100,598.11 as of July 26.
Donors of $1,000 include the Senate Republican Leadership Committee, Topeka; Ark Valley Education Employee PAC, Lindsborg; ACEC of Kansas PAC (representing engineering companies); Kansas Star Casino Employee PAC, Mulvane; Kansas Medical Society PAC, Topeka; Kansas State Firefighters PAC, Hutchinson; The Kansas Realtors PAC, Topeka; The Koger Agency Inc., Topeka contractors; and Kansas Health Care Assn. PAC, Topeka. Individuals donating $1,000 are Kip Spray, Great Bend contractor; Kelly Spray, Great Bend housewife; Gary and Lynnetta Curtis, Byers farmers; and Lee Borck, Great Bend cattle feeder.
She also received a $997.50 check from KAKE-TV, Wichita, which is listed as a reimbursement for overpayment.
Smaller PAC donations to Teichman include $800 from the Kansas Association of Public Employees, Topeka; $750 from Kansas Contractors Association PAC, Topeka;  and $500 each from  Kansas Livestock Association, Topeka; Higher Education Fund Greater Kansas Chamber of Commerce, Kansas City, Mo.; ATT Kansas PAC, Topeka; Century Link Inc. Employees PAC (telecommunications), Washington, D.C., Security Benefit Life Insurance PAC, Topeka; and Kansas Independent Pharmacy SVC, Topeka.
Under “other transactions,” it was noted that Teichman returned $100 to Exon Mobil, Topeka, and $250 Polsonelli/Sugart, for contributions over the limit.

House candidates
John Edmonds, a certified public accountant, is seeking to return to the office he previously held. Edmonds, a Republican, retired from the House in 2007. Steve Muehleisen, a forklift driver for Great Bend Industries, is the Democratic Party candidate.  So far, Edmonds has collected $8,765 and spent $225; while Mehleisen has collected $200 and spent nothing.
Edmonds started the year with no campaign money and has received $8,765 in contributions. So far, he’s spent $225.52, for his filing fee, office supplies and postage stamps. Those who contributed $500 to his campaign include Edmonds; Mid-Kansas Cable Service Inc., Moundridge; Moundridge Telephone Company, Moundridge; Kansas Chamber of Commerce PAC, Topeka; Kansas Medical Socirty PAC, Topeka; Kansas Contractors Association PAC, Topeka; Kansas Optometric PAC, Topeka; and Koch Industries, Wichita.
Mehleisen received $100 each from his campaign treasurer, Great Bend attorney Martin Keenan, and from Great Bend attorney Larry Keenan. He also received a $105 kind-in donation from Martin Keenan, who paid his filing fee.