The Buzz

Mystery groups dominating Kansas airwaves in race for governor

Brownback (left), Davis
Brownback (left), Davis

Two vaguely named entities are blitzing TV screens with millions spent on thousands of spots

The non-partisan Center for Public Integrity reported Thursday that a pair of “vaguely named entities” have dominating TV airways in Kansas, spending more than $3 million on about 7,000 ads in the governor’s race.

The ads both back and criticize Gov. Sam Brownback, who’s seeking re-election against Democrat Paul Davis.

From the story:

Who funds these groups remains largely a mystery. The groups, nonprofits exempt from paying taxes, are not required to disclose their donors in Kansas and most other states.

One group called the Alliance for Freedom, a Virginia-based conservative nonprofit, sponsored ads touting Brownback’s accomplishments as governor. Kansas Values Institute, a group run by two former Republican state legislators but backed in part by a teacher’s union, began airing ads attacking Brownback’s record on education and economic policy soon after the August primary election.

Neither group responded to requests for comment.