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Higher Kansas donation limits urged

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Republicans and Democrats on a Kansas legislative committee have recommended that the contribution limit for governor and other statewide offices be doubled.

The $2,000 cap would increase to $4,000 for the primary election and $4,000 more fore the general.

Members of both parties agreed that the influx of money from special-interest groups has made it more difficult for candidates to pitch their own stories to voters.

“It’s a good time to do it,” said state Rep. Tom Sawyer, a Wichita Democrat who ran for governor back in the 1990s. “It’s hard for candidates to defend themselves.”

The Kansas Legislature has to approve the recommendation before it would go into effect.