Brown gets Koch, Kobach, Kansas Chamber, donations in GOP Senate District 3 race
Topeka—In the Republican Party primary for Senate District 3, Anthony Brown, a Eudora House member, has a significant campaign finance edge over James "J.C." Tellefson, a former Leavenworth County commissioner.
For the reporting period from Jan. 1 through Thursday, Brown reported raising $20,875 and spending $11,477. Tellefson had raised $2,427 and spent $1,916 during the same timeframe.
Many of Brown's contributions came from conservative political action committees.
Brown received $1,000 each from Koch Industries PAC, Kansas Chamber of Commerce PAC, American Freedom PAC, Prairie Fire PAC, which is Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's PAC, Kansas Optometric PAC, Robert Hodgdon of Shawnee, John Lewis of Lenexa, Slainte Medical of Shawnee, and Mike Eagan and Donna Eagan, who listed their occupations as "sales ammunition." He also received $500 from David Kensinger and Associates. Kensinger is Gov. Sam Brownback's former chief of staff.
Tellefson's campaign finance statement included an $800 loan from himself to his campaign and $500 contribution from Mary Jo Springe of Lansing.
The winner of the Aug. 7 primary will face incumbent state Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, who has a substantial campaign warchest.
Holland had $98,175 cash on hand at the beginning of the reporting period and added $19,180. He had $104,729 cash on hand at the close of the period.
Included among his $1,000 donors were the Pipefitters Volunteer Political Fund, Heavy Constructors Association, Northeast Kansas Building and Construction Trades Council PAC, Western Missouri and Kansas Laborers' District Council PAC, Association Wholesale Grocers, and Kansas Realtors PAC.