While presumptive Kansas State 117th House Republican nominee John Ewy raised more than $6,200 in campaign contributions and spent $3,200 defeating Mitchell Rucker in Tuesday’s primary, former state treasurer Dennis McKinney was amassing a sizable war chest in donations as both campaigns will now focus on the Nov. 6 general election.
In financial disclosures filed with the Kansas Ethics Commission on July 30 and Aug. 2, McKinney reported raising $16,466, including two last minute donations of $500 each by the Plumber and Pipefitter’s Union and the United Transportation Union.
McKinney also reported a personal loan of $250 to open his campaign bank account.
McKinney reported 49 itemized donations from a number of sources including private businesses and political action committees (PACs).
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, Klaver Construction, Sunflower Electric and The Koger Agency were among the businesses that contributed.
The Heavy Constructors Fund of Kansas City, Kansas for Equality, Kansas Banker Association and the Kansas Contractors Associations were among the PACs contributing to McKinney’s first campaign since his loosing to current Kansas State Treasurer Ron Estes in a 2010 re-election bid.
McKinney received $1,700 from Kiowa County residents and $1,200 from businesses and private donors in Pratt.
He reported spending $2,720 on advertising during the Ford, Edwards, Hodgeman and Ness County Fairs, advertising in the Kiowa County Signal and at Taylor Printing. He also reported $354 in un-itemized expenditures of $50 or less.
On July 30, he reported having $12,988 on hand not including the two $500 last minute donations, for an estimated total of $13,988 in remaining campaign funds.
Ewy raised $6,220 in donations during the same period, far above his primary opponent Rucker of Burdett. Ewy spent $3,257 on campaign expenses and reported a remaining balance of $2,962 on July 30. Ewy did not file a last minute donors report.