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State candidates release spending records
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The Democratic candidate for Representative of the state’s 112th District listed exactly five donations on his last campaign finance report.
Steve Muehleisen has raised $1,400 from July 27 through Oct. 25, and spent $1,113. His Republican challenger, John Edmonds, has raised $17,745 and spent $24,601, drawing on some of the $8,539 cash on hand at the beginning of the period. Muehleisen started with $200.
Treasurers for candidates running for state and county offices were required to file their pre-general election campaign reports by the close of business on Monday. In addition, they will report any last-minute contributions of $300 or more on Thursday, Nov. 1, heading into next Tuesday’s election. The reports contain the names of most contributors and the amounts of their contributions, as well as information about how campaign funds were spent. These can be viewed on the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission’s website at
Muehleisen’s contributions were $250 from Hoisington attorney Don Reif; $100 from the Kansas State Council Intl. Assoc. of Machinists & Aerospace Workers, a political action committee (PAC) based in Wichita; $500 from former Great Bend attorney Marty Keenen; $500 from District Lodge #70 COPE Committee, another PAC in Wichita; and a $50 unitemized contribution. Money was splint between newspaper and radio advertising, with some printed materials.
Edmonds received several $500 donations: from Great Bend physician David Gillenwater; the Kansas Society of CPA’s PAC (July 28 and again on Oct. 15), Topeka; Cemer Corporation PAC Account in Kansas City, Mo.; Great Bend physician Roger Marshall; Kansas Farm Bureau Vote FFB Fund, Manhattan; Kansas Chamber of Commerce PAC, Topeka; Moundridge Telephone Company; Mid-Kansas Cable Services Inc., Moundridge; Kansas Medical Society PAC, Topeka, Free State PAC, Topeka; Koch Industries Inc., Wichita; Great Bend retailer Betty Chlumsky; and the Barton County Businesses for Growth, Great Bend.
The bulk of that spending has been on printing, with more money going for postage and newspaper advertising. He also paid $2,900 to the Kansas Republican Party for campaign services.

Senate Race
In the race for Senator of District 33, Republican Mitch Holmes of Stafford will be unopposed Tuesday, after defeating incumbent Ruth Teichman, also from Stafford, in the August primary.
From July 27 through Oct. 25, Holmes started with $10,463, raised another $27,810 and spent $15,754. Teichman started with $24,343, raised another $23,604 and spent $20,656.