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Ethics panel fines congressional candidate Kultala

Kelly Kultala

The Kansas ethics commission on Wednesday fined Congressional candidate Kelly Kultala $100 for a campaign finance violation.

The commission penalized Kultala for transferring $1,000 from her state Senate fund into her congressional campaign account, an official said.

State law bars from candidates using money raised for state races for federal campaigns, said Brett Berry, the agency’s general counsel

A Wyandotte County Democrat, Kultala is seeking the nomination to challenge Republican incumbent Kevin Yoder in the Third Congressional District. She faces Reginald Marselus of Lenexa in the primary.

Kultala, a member of the Kansas senate from 2009 to 2012, entered into consent agreement with the ethics commission stipulating that the violation occurred, Berry said.

The Kultala campaign said it returned the money as soon as it learned it was transferred from her Senate account.

A spokesman said the campaign complied with all requests from the ethics commission. “We are glad the matter is now resolved.”

The complaint was brought in April by the Kansas Republican Party. The GOP lodged a similar complaint against Kultala with the Federal Election Commission. The status of the federal complaint was unclear Wednesday.

“It was probably just an oversight on their part,” said Clay Barker, executive director of the Kansas Republican Party. “They pay a small fine and we all move on.”

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