On the same day that Kris Kobach levied accusations of voter fraud in Kansas, the Kansas Democratic Party laid down their own accusations against Kobach.

On the same day that Kris Kobach levied accusations of voter fraud in Kansas, the Kansas Democratic Party laid down their own accusations against Kobach.

The Kansas Democratic Party said Thursday that Kobach, who is running for Kansas secretary of state against incumbent Democrat Chris Biggs, has violated several state campaign finance laws. Because of that, the party said they intend to file an ethics complaint against Kobach.

“Once again Kris Kobach has been caught accepting donations that are illegal under Kansas election law,” said Kansas Democratic Party Executive Kenny Johnston. “This especially troubling for since Mr. Kobach aspires to be Secretary of State, an office charged with upholding the fairness and integrity of elections in Kansas.”

The complaint will point out three specific campaign violations:

• Kobach took anonymous cash donations over the $10 limit;

• Kobach took cash donations over the allowable $100 limit;

• Kobach took $4,000 from an individual donor, which is $2,000 over the maximum limit for the cycle.

Kobach campaign manager Ben Davis said that the charges are false.

“The complain is ridiculous,” Davis said. “They have not pointed out which donor it is and we are allowed to take anonymous donors.”

Davis said that the third charge on the list, regarding taking $4,000 from an individual donor.

He said that it was a donation from a married couple and Kansas law states the limit is $2,000 per legal entity, or person. Davis said that, because the donation from a married couple, it is two separate people and it is allowed by state law.

He added that the charges are nothing more than a smokescreen to dodge issues regarding voter fraud.

“They are trying to take away from the fact that there is voter fraud going on,” Davis said. “Chris Biggs has not even made an effort to curb any voter fraud.”

But Johnston said that the finance violations, coupled with previous issues when Kobach was director of the Kansas Republican Party.

“Kris Kobach has shown utter incompetence when running the Kansas Republican Party into the ground. These violations of election law show Mr. Kobach lacks the attention to detail required to run the Secretary of State’s office,” said Johnston.

Matthew Clark can be reached at matthew.clark@morningsun.net or at 620-231-2600, Ext. 140