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Paul Davis' campaign says it paid for news release announcing GOP endorsements

Paul Davis
Paul Davis

The Paul Davis for Governor campaign said it slipped up Tuesday by not including its disclaimer on a news release announcing the endorsements of more than 100 Republicans in Kansas.

The news release was attributed to Republicans for Kansas Values, or RKV, in a headline at the top. A search of the Ethics Commission website and the Secretary of State’s website shows no statement of organization from a political committee by that name.

And the two-page, ten-point news release criticizing Gov. Sam Brownback contains no disclaimer attributing it to RKV, or to the Davis campaign, or to anyone.

Someone had to pay for it.

Kansas law says any “brochure, flier, fact sheet, postcard, fund-raising invitation, or door hanger that expressly advocates the election or defeat of a candidate for state or local office must include the ‘paid for by’ statement,” according to the Ethics Commission website.

RKV expressly endorsed Davis.

Wednesday, an official with the Davis campaign said RKV isn’t an independent group, just part of the candidate’s campaign committee.

The official said the RKV news release should have included a statement it was paid for by the Davis for Governor committee.